Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
Upcoming Blues Events
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is a proud supporter of the CU Folk & Roots Fest This week!!! Oct. 18 - 20 Robbie Fulks returns to headline the 10th Anniversay Fest
Joining Robbie Fulks are previous festival favorites Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Mother Banjo, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, Stephen Wade, the Deep Fried Pickle Project, and Devil in a Woodpile. We are thrilled to welcome festival first-timers Son Monarcas, Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Nikki D Brown, the 9th Street Stompers, and many more. See our 2018 Performers page for a complete list!
New Series of Blues Shows Friday Blues at Pipa's Pub - 7:30pm
Mary Jo Curry Oct. 19 Ray Band Nov. 2 Clayton Thompson Trio Nov. 9 604 S. Country Fair Dr. - Champaign
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 holds 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!
- Keith Harden hosts the PCBS jam - Sunday October 14
- The Blues Deacons host the PCBS jam - Wednesday October 24
- Dany Franchi hosts the PCBS jam - Sunday November 11 (with Michael Ledbetter)
- Big Mo and Phat Groove host the PCBS jam - Wednesday November 28
- David Lumsden & Friends hosts the PCBS jam - Sunday December 9
Hey, we had two special jams as part of the Blues Fest Weekend. The Painkillers hosted the Happy Hour Blues Jam, Friday August 10, at Bunny's in Urbana from 4:30 to 8:30. On Sunday August 12, Robert Kimbrough Sr. brought his Cotton Patch Soul Blues to Pipa's Pub and hosted the jam from 4:00 to 7:00. Those were both great jams, hope you had a chance to participate.
Grab your instrument and join in the fun!
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!
PCBS Monthly Meeting/Juke Joint Show
5:30 pm Thursday November 8
Po' Boys, 202 East University Ave., Urbana
Kilborn Alley plays 6:30 - 9:30
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.
Johnny Rawls 9:00 pm Friday November 16 The Iron Post 120 S. Race St. - Urbana hear songs from Johnny's brand new album "I'm Still Around"
R.I.P. Otis Rush 4/29/1935 - 9/29/2018
Congratulations to Torrey Casey & South Side Hustle Winners of the ICBC (Illinois Central Blues Club) 2018 IBC Band Challenge
Congratulations to Robert "Lefty Preacher" Sampson winner of the IBC Solo/Duo Challenge for this area hosted by the Decatur Blues Society at Pop's Place Saturday September 15
Congratulations to The Jenkins Brothers (Alex & Benny) winners of the IBC Solo/Duo Challenge hosted by the Windy City Blues Society at the Inaugural Windy CIty Blues Fest
Blues Dancing every Monday BluesCentral hosts Lessons and Dancing 6:00 Free Lessons 7:00 - 9:00 Free Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign
BluesCENTRAL Dancers sponsor lessons & dances, 6:00 pm every Monday night. Free Beginner Lessons at 6:00, and Free Social Dancing 7:00 to 9:00
Don't know how to dance to the blues? Don't worry! Beginner lessons at 6:00 pm will get you started. Or just come socialize with us and enjoy Cowboy Monkey's great selection of beers and wines.
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 Page
Blues Fest is Back, Baby!
Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest Saturday August 11, 2:00 - 10:00 PM Champaign County Fairgrounds Rain or Shine! Food trucks, beverages, 8 hours of great Blues Music! Check out our Blues Fest page
Wow! How much Fun was that?
Congratulations to all the Winners
Jimmy Johnson and Sugar Pie De Santo were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards
R.I.P. Lazy Lester (born Leslie Carswell Johnson) 6/20/1933 - 8/22/2018
R.I.P. Matt "Guitar" Murphy (born Matthew Tyler Murphy) 12/29/1929 - 6/15/2018
R.I.P. Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (born Edward Harrington) 1/10/1935 - 6/1/2018
R.I.P. Deborah Coleman 10/03/1956 - 4/12/2018
R.I.P. Blues Hall of Famer Eddie Shaw 3/20/1937 - 1/29/2018
R.I.P. Denise LaSalle (born as Ora Denise Allen) 7/16/1939 - 1/8/2018
Blues In The Schools
Check out the awesome Thank You notes from the South Side Elementary School students after the PCBS Spring 2015 BITS program. Thank You Page
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: email@example.com.
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 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 our 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.