Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
RIP Elder Sheila Wilson 5/9/57 - 11/9/22
DANVILLE - Elder Shelia A. Wilson, 65, of Lithonia, Ga., formerly of Danville, died Thursday (Nov. 10, 2022) at Emory Hillandale Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 1215 W. Bradley Ave., U, is in charge of arrangements.
RIP Roland Johnson St. Louis Soul Singer 3/7/48 - 11/15/22
Roland Johnson Tribute Page Thanks to Paul Niehaus IV of Blue Lotus Recordings
Blues In The Schools - BITS 2022
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is delighted to announce that Blues in the Schools is starting again! On Friday, September 30 the six-week after-school program will begin at Martin Luther King School. Thanks to music teacher Cara Maurizi for helping us make it come together. We expect a group of up to 30 students from grades 4 and 5.
We have two awesome instructors for the program. Bishop Lawton, PhD student in African American History, will teach the roots and history of Blues. Joe Asselin, well-known outstanding local Blues musician, will teach Blues harmonica. Each student will receive a Blues harmonica of their own. We are excited!
In conjunction with our Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest in August 2019 we had Mississippi bluesman Lucious Spiller do two assemblies at Kenwood Elementary School in Champaign.
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.
PCBS Monthly Meeting check back soon - Meeting or Holiday Party?
Thanks to our friends at Po' Boys for supplying a great place for PCBS to hold most of our monthly meetings. Inside or outside, socially distanced when necessary. Come out as we look back at our Festival and look forward to future Blues In The Schools programs.
As you're probably aware Po' Boys has some great food and cold beverages. Save room for desert, their pies are delicious!
Thanks again to Kandra Miller for stepping into the PCBS Secretary position. We once again have Meeting Minutes uploaded on our web pages PCBS Meetings.
ICBC shows at the Alamo 7:00 Monday nights in Springfield
Thanks for all the generous donations at the Candy Foster Parkland Scholarship Fundraiser
PCBS is assisting Candy Foster we've set up this Paypal Fund to accept donations to the Candy Foster Parkland College Scholarship Fund
Candy has been handing out scholarships to Fine Arts student at Parkland College for several years we're looking to hand out an extra scholarship this year
You can still make a donation using the Paypal Donate button above
News Gazzette story (prior to the event)
Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest August 12 & 13 - Bunny's Tavern - Urbana
Melody Angel Band
Thanks to Everyone!
Check out Melody Angel's new CD "Foxy" at her website melodyangelmusic.com
Happy Birthday PCBS!
On May 23, 2010, the historic first meeting of the organization was held at Jupiters at the Crossing, with eleven members present. The mission of the society was framed in the following words: To educate, preserve, and promote the blues tradition in East Central Illinois
read - "The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is Created" by Sandy Hannum
The second meeting was held on June 22 at the Champaign Library. Volunteers stepped up to fill the following committee chairs: Membership, Sherry Cibelli; Marketing, Scott Harper; Entertainment, Dave Adcock; Newsletter Co-chairs, Dennis Wismer and Sandy Hannum:
Backstory Local blues buffs Rich and Sherry Cibelli had been attending Memphis in May for many years. They enjoyed hanging around in the blues tent with fellow Illinoisan Bob Paleczny. All were members of The Blues Foundation, and were enthused about the work of the organizationand read - "The Backstory of the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society" by Sandy Hannum
Renew your Membership
As we were formed in late May & early June of 2010 and signed up many new members at the Urbana Blues Brews & BBQ's that year, PCBS has switched and now all Memberships renew in June. It's time for most of you to renew your Memberships
Visit the PCBS Membership Sign Up Page to Sign up or renew your membership (there's even a way to sign up for multiple years)
Want to become part of the 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 strive to bring new blues artists to our area, many 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.
Pipa's Pub 604 S. Country Fair Dr.
Music 3 days a week
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society thanks Pipa's Pub for being an outstanding supportor of live local music
Congratulations to all the Performers
Congratulations to Decatur's Charles Tiner reprsenting Springfield's Illinois Central Blues Club Charles made the Finals in the Solo/Duo Category !!
2022 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees Lucille Bogan, Little Willie John, Johnnie Taylor Otis Blackwell, Mary Katherine Aldin Induction Ceremony - May 4, 2022
Congratulations to 2022 BMA Winners Tommy Castro won 3 Awards BMA Winners !!
The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN has set the dates for the 2023 IBC Challenge January 24 - 28, 2023 IBC
Kilborn Alley Blues Band NEW CD - "Takin' Time"
Hey folks, Kilborn Alley released their new CD in April. Here's a link to one of the new tracks, County Line Motel on Youtube, it's available on most other platforms as well. This is a duet featuring Laquisha Burries!
Here's a treat for you! PCBS' Kandy Miller went to the IBC's in Memphis in January 2020. Read her review of a CD she purchased from a band she saw in the competition.Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys "Live at Pyrate Llama"
Hurricane Ruth PCBS 1st IBC Challenge Winner
11 years ago - back in 2011
Prairie Crossroads Blues Society held our 1st IBC Challenge at Memphis On Main. Hurricane Ruth won and we sent the band down to Memphis to compete in the International event put on by the Blues Foundation.
R.I.P Dave you're sorely missed!! 12/1/54 - 3/8/22
Our Blues family is hurting. Dave Fauble, Long time Sax player with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band passed recently
Our music community has lost a lot of talent and a lot of love over the last year. In 2020 we lost Alex Jenkins to COVID. In 2021 we've lost Jerry Lee Gingery, Kevin Flowers, Paul Wirth and Dr. Bob McIntyre.
the thoughts and prayers of PCBS go out to their friends & families. We've set up a special page to remember these wonderful musicians and their love of Blues