CHICAGO — The Chicago Blues Festival announced its full summer lineup Wednesday.
Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a Chicago blues showcase finale with James Cotton, Lil' Ed and Billy Branch.
The full lineup:
Thursday, June 6:
Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America; Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine; Shemekia Copeland with special guest Quinn Sullivan
Friday, June 7:
Dented Trucks; Tornozo Cannon; Mississippi Heat; Kevin Purcell and the Nightmares; Panel Discussion with The Mississippi Blues Trail with Alex Thomas, Jim O’Neal & Scott Barretta; Terry “Harmonica” Bean; Lightnin' Malcolm; Bill "Howlin Madd" Perry; John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band; Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith Blues Jam.; Blues In The Schools with Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis; Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello; The Jimmy Burns Band; Cicero Blake; Earnest “Guitar” Roy; Irma Thomas; Bobby Rush and his Blues Band
Saturday, June 8:
Bobby Slim James; Michael Coleman and the New Back Breakers; Peaches and the Grove Shakers; Mike Avery and West Side Soul; Panel Discussion (Pinetop Perkins 100th B-Day) with Pat Morgan, Barrelhouse Chuck & Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith; The Peterson Brothers Band; Eddie Taylor Jr.; Castro Coleman; Tribute to Howlin' Wolf featuring Eddie Shaw and friends; Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points; Khalif Wailin' Walter; Holle Thee Maxwell; Larry McCray; Ronnie Baker Brooks; Otis Clay and the Platinum Band featuring Uvee Hayes; The Memphis Soul Revue starring The Bar-Kays with special guests Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice
Sunday, June 9:
Willie Buck; Dave Weld & Imperial Flames; Grana Louise & TroubleMaker; Lindsey Alexander Blues Band; Panel Discussion with Delmark Records 60th with Bob Koester and Steve Wagner; Nellie Tiger Travis; Vickie Baker; Big Time Sarah and Mike Wheeler Blues Band; Jarekus Singleton; Blues Jam Session with Jarekus Singleton; Fruteland Jackson; Lurrie Bell's Chicago Blues Band; John Primer Trio & Michal Prokop Trio (Czech Republic); Magic Slim Tribute featuring Shawn Holt & The Teardrops; Shirley Johnson; Jimmy Johnson Band; Chicago Blues: Old School, New Millennium with James Cotton, John Primer, Billy Branch, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Lil' Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Felton Crews, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith