Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Johnny Rawls Heart & Soul Promo

Johnny Rawls
9:00 pm Friday April 24th
The Iron Post, 120 S. Race Street, Urbana

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is proud to bring legendary recording artist, Johnny Rawls, to the Chanpaign-Urbana community. Johnny is a soul blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer. Influenced by the deep soul music of the 1960's as performed by O.V. Wright and Z.Z. Hill, Johnny adds his own contemporary style to the lyrics and production.

Johnny was born Sept. 10, 1951 in Hattiesburg, MS. By his mid-teens he was backing musicians such as Z.Z. Hill and Joe Tex who where touring through Mississippi. In the mid 1970s, Rawls joined O. V. Wright's backing band, became his music director and played together with Wright until the latter's death in 1980. The band then continued, billed as the Ace of Spades Band for another 13 years and toured and performed with musicians such as B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland and Little Johnny Taylor during this time span.

Johnny has been nominated for 15 Blues Music Awards, 7 times for Soul Blues Artist and 7 times for Soul Blues Album. Johnny's CD "Ace of Spades" won the 2010 Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album. In addition his CD's "Red Cadillac" (2008), "Memphis Still Got Soul" (2010) and "Remembering O.V." (2012) won Living Blues Critic Poll Awards for Best New Recordings in the Southern Soul Category.

Admission is only $10, or $8 if you are a current PCBS member (bring your current membership card). If you're not a member, now's a great time to sign up, visit our Membership Page.

This is an opportunity for East Central Illinois blues fans to enjoy a living legend in the intimate setting of The Iron Post. This promises to be a show you won't want to miss.


[Blues Foundation's BITS Logo]

Blues In The Schools
Spring - 2015
South Side Elementary School
& Westview School

This spring, Prairie Crossroads Blues Society conducted another of our Blues In The Schools programs, this one at South Side Elementary School in Champaign. Classes were presented March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9 with grades 3, 4 and 5 participating. Our BITS instructors, Gus Wood for blues history, and Josh Spence for blues harmonica taught the series of classes. The program includes a performance by a local blues band for the kids.

Huge thanks goes 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.

PCBS Education Chair, Sandy Hannum helped arrange a blues concert for the students at Westview School. Jiggy & The Source performed at the school on Wednesday March 18.

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: prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com.


PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday May 14th
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana

We need your help!

The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society has been serving the community for more than four and a half years promoting live Blues music, preserving the heritage of Blues, and educating our young people about the Blues. Perhaps you have stayed on the margins of these efforts and do not realize how satisfying and fun it is to be directly involved. If so, it is time for you to find out!

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Update: We are excited that volunteers stepped up at our March meeting to fill several volunteer positions within PCBS. Elaine Schneider is now our Newsletter Editor and published the April 1st issue of our Inclusive newsletter. Zack Widup has volunteered to take over as Treasurer in June. We can still use help with several other positions so now is a great time to get more involved.


Monica Morris & Josie Lowder IBC Semi-Finals

Monica Morris & Josie Lowder advance to the Semi-Finals of the IBC's at King's Palace in Memphis

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is so proud of our IBC representatives, Monica Morris & Josie Lowder. In January they gave two outstanding performances in the IBC quarter finals, thrilling the fans and impressing the judges. Monica & Josie became the first represntatives of Prairie Crossroads Blues Society to advance to the semi-finals. They were one of only 32 talented acts to advance out of the more than 100 Solo/Duo acts that began the challenge.

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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.



Want to help support the blues?
Consider becoming a Member of PCBS

We support blues throughout our community and the world. Our mission is preserve, promote and educate about the blues. We support the blues in a variety of ways, bringing new blues artists to town, supporting local blues bands and venues and educating the community through our Blues In The Schools programs.

PCBS is a non-profit organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. We're a proud affiliate of The Blues Foundation.