Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
C-U Folk and Roots Fest The 15th Annual Festival: October 12-14, 2023
The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana.
Thanks to all you great fans who came to the Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest 2023 at Bunny's Tavern
Thanks to our Sponsors Bunny's Tavern First Federal Savings Bank, Peoria Charter Coach Corson's Music and The Howell Family
Thanks to Everyone! we appreciate your generous Donations
Check out this video of Saturday's Headliner Rico McFarland
PCBS Monthly Meeting 5:30 Thursday October 12 Po' Boys - 202 E University Urbana
Music (starts at 6:00) provided by - TBA
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 forward to future PCBS Blues Jams and 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.
The Painkillers Blues Band on Youtube
Thanks to Kristen, Champaign Underground & The Urbana Park District The Painkillers Blues Band CHANGE YOUR WAYS Original Music 6/7/23 Neighborhood Nights Concert at Crystal Lake Park Boat House.
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)
Did you get busy in June, you can still renew in September
Want to be 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.
Visit our Education Page to see some of our programs.
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.
Blues Blast Magazine features an interview with Andrew Duncanson
Link to Andrew Duncanson Blues Blast Issue
Interviewed by Mark Thompson Cover photo by Laura Carbone
Southern Fantasy Dig 3 BIG Version
Wanna take a ride down South? Here's an alternate version of our song Southern Fantasy featuring some of our favorite friends and collaborators.
Andrew Duncanson - guitar, vocals Gerry Hundt - guitar Aaron Whittier - bass Rick King - drums Lauren Dukes - vocals
Audio recorded by Alex Hall Mastering by Justin Perkins
Video by Lola Reynaerts Thanks to Matthew Meschede
44th Blues Music Award Winners! presented Thursday May 11
Top Winners Include: John Németh, Buddy Guy & Albert Castiglia Tommy Castro Wins B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Tom Hambridge Wins ‘Song of the Year’
Living Blues 2023 Award Winners
Shemekia Copeland, Diunna Greenleaf, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, John Primer, Charlie Musselwhite, Dylan Triplett, Marcia Ball and Sharde Thomas (Fife), were all Winners
The Blues Foundation hosted the IBC's in Memphis January 24 - 28, 2023
Here's the Blues Foundation's announcement of the 2023 Winners
BAND DIVISION Winner: Mathias Lattin 2nd Place Band: The Cinelli Brothers 3rd Place Band: Dick Earl’s Electric Witness SOLO/DUO DIVISION Winner: Frank Sultana 2nd Place: The Sugar Thieves BEST GUITAR AWARD (BEST BAND GUITARIST) Winner: Mathias Lattin MEMPHIS CIGAR BOX GUITAR AWARD (BEST SOLO/DUO GUITARIST) Winner: Adam Karch LEE OSKAR HARMONICA AWARD (BEST HARMONICA PLAYER) Winner: Brian Peters of Deuce ‘n a Quarter BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD Winner: Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – Green Light
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"
Have you ever wondered how many awards Brandon Santini has won from the Blues Foundation?
Search the Blues Foundation database of Award Winners
(It appears Brandon's been Nominated 6 times, but has not won a Blues Foundation Award Yet!)
Blues In The Schools - BITS 2023
Thanks to the Urbana Arts & Culture Program, PCBS has received a grant to hold several all-school assemblies in the fall 2023 semester. PCBS will bring several Blues Musicians and a Blues History instructor to three Urbana Elementary Schools; Thomas Paine, Yankee Ridge and Dr. Preston Williams.To find out more about the Urbana Arts Grants Program, follow this link; Urbana Arts Grants Program
Visit our Education Page to see more of the Blues In The Schools - BITS Programs, PCBS has brought to the youth of our community.
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 began at Martin Luther King School. Thanks to music teacher Cara Maurizi for helping us make it come together. We planned for a group of up to 30 students from grades 4 and 5.
We had two awesome instructors for the program. Bishop Lawton, PhD student in African American History, taught the roots and history of Blues. Joe Asselin, well-known outstanding local Blues musician, taught the Blues harmonica section. Each student receives a Blues harmonica of their own. We are excited!
On December 13 2022, at the conclusion of the Martin Luther King School BITS program, Joe Asselin and Andrew Duncanson put on a concert for the entire school. Here's a few comments; "The concert yesterday at King School was great! Joe and Andy really got the kids into the music! They were a terrific audience, and clapped and sang along."
Another comment "Was an incredible experience. Fantastic time"
In this Season of Year-End Giving, please consider a donation to our BITS Education Fund to keep these programs happening at other area schools!
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.
In conjunction with our Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest in August 2019 Mississippi bluesman Lucious Spiller put on 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.
William Marsala The Kilborn Alley Sessions
Youtube - 6 Track Playlist
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)
Hurricane Ruth PCBS 1st IBC Challenge Winner
David Lumsden & Hurricane Ruth competing in the 2012 IBC
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