Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

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Entries are now open for the
PCBS IBC Blues Challenge
Saturday October 17
Memphis On Main, 55 E Main St, Champaign

Visit our IBC Challenge Page for the rules and Entry Forms

Save the Date! - Saturday Oct., 17. Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is thrilled to be holding our local Blues Challenge to select acts to go to Memphis and represent us in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. Judges will be selecting a Solo/Duo act and a Band (3 or more musicians) to compete in the IBC's. In January 2016, hundreds of acts from around the world will gather on historic Beale Street for the chance to be selected as the year's best up-and-coming Blues act. We'll also be choosing a Best Self-Produced CD to represent our Society at the Blues Foundation's IBC.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winning acts to assist with their travel expenses to Memphis.

We will use the same scoring system and basic rules as the Blues Foundation. Check out their website for more info.
Who can enter?
Official Rules and Scoring

Musicians are urged to keep this date open in your schedules. We will assemble our panel of judges from music industry professionals and officers of other local Blues Societies. This is one of the most exciting events we hold each year as fans pack the venue to root for their favorite musicians. Plan on attending!

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday September 10
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana

Come out and join the fun at our September meeting. We'll be making plans for future Blues Jams at Bentley's and other entertainment events. We're looking for volunteers to get more involved with our Blues In The Schools program and our Education Committee. There will also be discusions and planning for our IBC Challenge October 17th at Memphis on Main.

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society has been serving the community for more than five 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's time for you to find out!

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Bentley's Blues Jam
7:00 pm Wednesday September 23
Bentley's Pub, 419 N. Neil St., Champaign

Come out to the next Bentley's Blues Jam, scheduled for Wednesday, September 23. Bentley's Pub is located at, 419 N. Neil street in downtown Champaign. The September Jam will be hosted by Groove Avenue so we're looking forward to another great time. Bring your instrument and plan on sitting in!

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is happy to help revive the tradition of a blues jam in the C-U area. The jams take place the 4th Wednesday of every month. Jams so so far have been hosted by Andrew Duncanson & Susan Williams, Kathy Harden & Tony Juodis, and Josh & Jake Stimmel with Abraham Johnson and August's great show hosted by Candy Foster & Friends. There's been plenty of other jammers sitting in and thrilling the capacity crowds. Make plans to be there in September!

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2015 Blues Blast Music Awards
Voting is open to the Public

Vote at the Blues Blast Magazine website

In early May, a group of 30 top Blues music industry professionals including music critics, radio DJs, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers and owners and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

Voting Is Open To The Public - Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2015 and continues until September 15, 2015. Preview the songs and artists and place your vote at the Blues Blast Magazine website

The 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will once again be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, on Friday September 25th, 2015. The awards ceremony will feature music by many of the nominated artists.

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

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. 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:

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.