Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Upcoming Blues Events

[Kilborn Alley promo]

PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday December 8
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30

Did you enjoy the fun at our last couple monthly meetings combined with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys? You'll have another opportunity to do so in December. Po' Boys has provided delicious food and great beverages and it's been packed with blues fans, friends and family. It's a party atmoshphere!

We're currently planning our monthly blues jams and are looking for folks to get more involved with our various committees and Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.

[Mary Jo Curry CD]

IBC Challenge
on the Road to Memphis

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society submitted Mary Jo Curry's self-titled debut CD as our entry in the Blues Foundation's BSPCD = Best Self-Produced CD competition as part of the 2017 IBC. Mary Jo and her band are based in Springfield, IL and play frequently throughout the area. We're thrilled to enter her CD! It features Mary Jo's awesome vocals, great musicianship and nice packaging. It's also the debut CD for Guitar Angels Records. The Blues Foundation judges these CD's in several rounds, we'll keep you posted as we love the disk and think it will advance to the finals.

  • PCBS - Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
  • BSPCD = Mary Jo Curry - "Mary Jo Curry"

Local blues societies hold fundraisers in December & January to help these bands on the road to the competition in Memphis. Here's the ones we're aware of, check with your local Blues Society to support your local act.

  • William Marsala Band - Decatur IBC Fundraiser - Sunday Dec. 11, 1 to 4 pm - Wild Dog Saloon, 815 S 22nd St. Check out their Facebook Event
  • William Marsala Band - Champaign-Urbana IBC Fundraiser - Friday Jan. 20 - Memphis On Main, 55 E. Main St. Champaign
  • Back Pack Jones - Springfield IBC Fundraiser - Saturday Jan. 28 7:00 pm - Alamo Club, 115 N. 5th St. Springfield

Local Blues Societies have held their IBC Solo/Duo and Band Challenges. Here's the winners!

  • ICBC - Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield
  • Solo/Duo = Bo Ricketts
  • Band = Back Pack Jones

  • River City Blues Society - Peoria
  • Band = QC Slim Blues Band

  • Decatur Blues Society
  • Band = William Marsala Band

Each January/February the Blues Foundation holds a competition on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN., to select the best up and coming Blues Band and Solo/Duo act. The winning acts at the local competitions are rewarded with cash and other prizes to hit the Road to Memphis and represent their affiliate against the best the world has to offer.

Membership Sign-up

Membership Options:
Student = $10 per year
Individual = $20 per year
Family = $25 per year
Band = $50 per year
Corporate = $100 per year

For Family, Band and Corporate memberships, we'll contact you for the names of additional members or you can send us that information via email:

Please select your type of Membership
Name on membership

[Blues Blast Music Awards]

Blues Blast Music Awards
6:00 pm Friday September 23
Fluid Events Center, 601 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign

The 2016 Blues Blast Music Award ceremonies were held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on Friday September 23rd, 2016. The Awards, presented by Blues Blast Magazine, featured music by many of the winners and nominated artists.

Bob Margolin was a double winner, for Male Blues Artist and Traditional Blues Album for his "My Road" release. Other winners were Bobby Rush, Danielle Nicole, Reverend Raven, Shemekia Copeland, Amanda Fish, Guy Davis, Lil' Ed, Walter Trout and Curtis Salgado.

Visit Blues Blast Magazine for the complete list of winners.

There were many outstanding performances at the Awards ceremony, and one of the highlights had to be the legendary 91 year old Henry Gray playing keyboard with Bob Corritore, and Bob Margolin. Other crowd pleasing performances were Danielle Nicole playing with Anthony Geraci and Monster Mike Welch, and the Corey Dennison Band. In all more than 20 performers showcased their music at the Awards show that kicked off at 6:00 pm and went until after midnight.

Check out Blues Blast Magazine on Facebook for some videos from the Awards show!

Blues In The Schools - South Side Elemenary - Spring 2015

Check out the awesome Thank You notes from the South Side Elementary School students after the PCBS Spring 2015 BITS program. Thank You Page

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum also arranged a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

Thanks to South Side Elementary teacher, Karinsa Moline, for her part in arranging the BITS program. We also appreciate the support of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for help with some of the funding, and we also receive a discount on the harps from Hohner Harmonica.

Visit our Education Page for details about many of the educational programs PCBS has put on. If you'd like PCBS to conduct a Blues In The Schools program at your school contact us at:

You can now earmark your donations specifically for our Education programs. It's a great way to help us achieve our mission of educating about the blues and be a part of bringing up the next generation of blues musicians and fans.

Your tax deductable donation to our Education Fund helps to keep these programs alive

This PayPal link will direct your donation in any amount directly to our educational efforts, including our "Blues In The Schools" (BITS) program.