Are you a fan of the blues? One of the largest blues festivals in the country – the Chicago Blues Festival – just announced its 2020 lineup.
While blues music originated in the Deep South, Chicago is the birthplace of urban blues. The festival – which is in its 36th year in 2020 – celebrates the city’s rich blues music history.
The three-day festival takes place June 5 through June 7 in Millennium Park, which is conveniently right next to the Millennium Station South Shore terminus. Attendees can take in performances at six different stages throughout the park. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s headliners include Shemekia Copeland and Jimmy Johnson. The Grammy Award-nominated “First Lady” of southern soul, Candi Staton, will perform for the first time at the festival on Saturday night.
Also making his Chicago Blues Festival debut is the Memphis guitar legend Eric Gales, who is also known as Raw Dawg. Gales will close the festival on Sunday, June 7 with his performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
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