Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
Upcoming Blues Events
PCBS Guitar Raffle! Autographed Fender Stratocaster from Styx to Koko Taylor Foundation to PCBS Raffle Tickets = $5 each or 3 for $10
This Fender Stratocaster was used by Styx in the studio. It was then donated to the Koko Taylor Foundation, autographed and auctioned off on a Blues Cruise. The winner of the auction has now graciously donated this treasure to PCBS to raise funds.
Online sales have ended, thanks to everyone who donated and bought tickets. Good luck to all.
We'll pick the winning ticket at the Bobby Rush show, November 18. Winner need not be present. Look for us at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 Killarney St. in Urbana, Saturday November 18.
- autographs include:
- Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks & Wayne Baker Brooks
- Tommy Shaw, Lawrence Gowan & Todd Sucherman (members of Styx)
- Elvin Bishop
- Laurie Morvan
- Susan Tedeschi Trucks
- Fiona Boyes
- many others
- gig bag included
Please note that due to the expense of shipping a valuable item like this, PCBS requests that the winner take local delivery in the Champaign-Urbana area, or arrange and pay for the shipping of the guitar themselves.
7:30 pm Saturday November 18
Wyndham Garden Hotel
1001 Killarney Ave., Urbana
Candy Foster & Shades of Blue open
Grammy Award Winner - Blues Music Award Winner. Come out and see this legend of Soul Blues and R&B. VIP Ticket packages available for $35 and General Admission tickets are only $20.
For tickets call Troy D. McMullen (217) 721-0452, or Candy Foster (217) 377-0541
Chicken Heads, Night Fishin', Ain't Studdin Ya, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Booga Bear. These are just a few of the many hits Bobby has released during his 50 year career. This is a show not to be missed!
PCBS Blues Jams! Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign 2nd Sunday of each month, 4:00 - 7:00 pm 4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is now holding two jams each month.The 2nd Sunday of each month from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Both jams are held at Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr., Champaign.
The host band typically plays the first set, then we open it up to all the jammers in the house. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!
- Kilborn Alley Blues Band host the Jam - Wednesday November 22
- David Lumsden Band host the Jam - Sunday December 10
Google map to Pipa's Pub, 604 S. Country Fair Dr. Champaign.
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area!
Congratulations to the winners of local IBC Blues Challenges They qualify to advance to Memphis
Several local Societies have held their challenges. Congratulations to the winners! The Blues Fuondation holds the IBC in Memphis every January to chose the best up and coming acts. Categories include Solo/Duo, Band and Best Self-Produced CD.
Here's the Blues Foundation's information about the International Blues Challenge.
- Susan Williams and the Wright Groove won the Decatur Blues Society's Road to Memphis Challenge September 9 at Popís Place
- Robert Sampson won Springfield's Illinois Central Blues Club Solo Challenge, August 26, which took place as part of the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ Fest
- Jamiah Rogers won Peoria's River City Blues Society Band Challenge, September 2, which was part of the Peroria Blues & Heritage Fest
PCBS is still considering an IBC Challenge of our own? If you're interested in competing in our challenge, send us an email email@example.com
Blues Dancing every Monday BluesCentral hosts Lessons and Dancing 6:30 Free Lessons, 7:00 - 9:00 Free Dancing Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. Urbana
BluesCENTRAL Dancers announce lessons & dances, 6:30 pm every Monday starting September 4, 2017. Free Beginner Lessons at 6:30, and Free Social Dancing 7:00 to 9:00
Back room at Pizza M, 208 W. Main St. Urbana. Blues every Monday: Dinner Drinks & Dancing.
Don't know how to blues? Don't worry! Beginner lessons at 6:30 pm will get you started. Or just come socialize with us and enjoy Pizza M's great selection of beers and wines. Grab a delicious calzone special available on Monday nights.
Don't have a partner to dance with? No problem! We are friendly and love to dance with everyone!
Check out the BluesCENTRAL Dancers Facebook Event
R.I.P. Antoine "Fats" Domino Feb. 26, 1928 - Oct. 24, 2017
R.I.P. Joseph "Smokey" Holman Lead Singer with Tweed Funk May 14, 1953 - Oct. 29, 2017
PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
6:00 pm Thursday December 14
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 7:30 - 10:30
We combined our monthly meetings with the Kilborn Alley Juke Joint shows at Po' Boys! It's a chance to enjoy some delicious Po' Boys food, some beverages from local craft brewer's Triptych Brewing with great blues music and lively conversation. The joint's been packed with blues fans, friends and family enjoying the party atmosphere!
We're always open to suggestions about our monthly blues jams and are looking for folks to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program. Consider becoming a PCBS Member and help us reach out to other blues lovers in our communities.
Blues Blast Magazine Awards 2017 Winners Announced Blues Blast Winners
Want to become part of the growing community of Blues lovers in the Champaign-Urbana and East Central Illinois area? Sign up to become a member of Prairie Crossroads Blues Society. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to Preserve, Promote and Educate about the Blues.
Since we were formed in 2010 we've been supporting local blues artists share their music with a wider audience. We consistently look to bring new blues artists to our area so fans get a chance to see the huge amount of talent touring on a regional and national basis. We also have a strong BITS - Blues In The Schools program.
Whether you enjoy our jams and shows, or support out efforts to teach youngsters the history and basics of blues music, now is the right time to become a PCBS MemberMembership 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a proud supporter of the CU Folk & Roots Fest Visit their website folkandroots.org for all the information about this year's Fest, November 2 - 4, 2017