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Chicago Blues Festival, June 6 – 9, Featuring One of Buddy Guy’s Final Chicago Performances

The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the full lineup and programming highlights for the 2024 edition of the beloved Chicago Blues Festival, taking place June 6 – 9 as part of Millennium Park’s milestone 20th Anniversary season.

Established in 1984, the largest free Blues festival in the world returns to Chicago with four days of top tier talent performing in Chicago’s Millennium Park, plus a special opening night performance at the historic Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport. Throughout the weekend, three stages set up across Millennium Park will welcome more than 35 performances and more than 250 artists celebrating the city’s renowned Blues legacy, including a special Sunday evening performance by Buddy Guy as part of his “Damn Right Farewell” tour, marking one of his final Chicago performances.

“Blues is the foundation of numerous genres of music and is deeply ingrained in the soul the fabric of our city's culture and history,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson. “The Chicago Blues Festival is a testament to Chicago's rich musical heritage, and we are thrilled to welcome the legendary Buddy Guy to this year's lineup.”


“I can't wait to hit the stage at the Chicago Blues Festival!” said Buddy Guy. “There's something special about playing in the city where it all started. The energy, the history, the soul of Chicago blues—it's in the air, and I'm excited to be a part of it once again.”


Additional headliners include: Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland; “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp; GRAMMY-nominated Memphis-based Soul and Roots band Southern Avenue; and Centennial Tributes to Jimmy Rogers, Dinah Washington and Otis Spann.


Ramova Theatre Shemekia Copeland

Ronnie Baker Brooks




Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:45-9:00pm            Centennial Tribute to Jimmy Rogers featuring Kim Wilson, Jimmy D. Lane, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Bob Margolin, Sebastian Lane, Felton Crews, and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

6:30-7:30pm            Mr. Sipp

5:15-6:15pm            Corey Harris

5:00-5:15pm            National Anthem


Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (South Promenade)

4:30-5:45pm            Big A & The Allstars

3:00-4:15pm            J’Cenae

1:30-2:45pm            Keith Johnson & The Big Muddy Band

12-1:15pm               Nora Jean Wallace


Rosa’s Lounge (North Promenade)

6:30-7:45pm            Last Call with WDCB Radio and Carlos Johnson

5:00-6:15pm            Sheryl Youngblood

3:30-4:45pm            Luke Pytel Band featuring Laretha Weathersby

2:00-3:15pm            Ivy Ford

12:30-1:45pm          Lil’ Jimmy Reed with Ben Levin





Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:45-9:00pm            Southern Avenue

6:30-7:30pm            Vanessa Collier

5:00-6:15pm            Centennial Tribute to Dinah Washington featuring Dee Alexander, Bruce Henry, Miguel de la Cerna, Jeremiah Hunt, Charles Heath IV, and Melody Angel

4:45-5:00pm            National Anthem


Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (South Promenade)

4:30-5:45pm            Dexter Allen

3:00-4:15pm            Ra’Shad The Blues Kid

1:30-2:45pm            Melvin Taylor

12-1:15pm               Mzz Reese and Reese’s Pieces


Rosa’s Lounge (North Promenade)

6:30-7:45pm            Last Call with WDCB Radio and Ivan Singh

5:00-6:15pm            The Mike Wheeler Band

3:30-4:45pm            Jamiah "Dirty Deacon" Rogers and the Dirty Church Band

2:00-3:15pm            Vino Louden

12:30-1:45pm          Al Spears & The Hurricane Project





Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:45-9:00pm            Buddy Guy

6:30-7:30pm            Cash Box Kings

5:00-6:15pm            Centennial Tribute to Otis Spann featuring Johnny Iguana, Roosevelt Purifoy, Rie “Miss Lee” Kanehira, Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi, Oscar Wilson, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

4:45-5:00pm            National Anthem


Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (South Promenade)

4:30-5:45pm            Jaye Hammer

3:00-4:15pm            Anissa Hampton

1:30-2:45pm            Jonathan Ellison & The RAS Blues Band

12-1:15pm               Southern Komfort Brass Band


Rosa’s Lounge (North Promenade)

6:30-7:45pm            Last Call with WDCB Radio and The Stephen Hull Experience

5:00-6:15pm            Melody Angel

3:30-4:45pm            Omar Coleman Westside Soul

2:00-3:15pm            Joey J. Saye Trio

12:30-1:45pm          Nate Manos Band with Alicia “Ya Yah” Townsend


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