Blues and soul artists with deep roots in the Birthplace of America’s Music will perform on the Mississippi Juke Joint Stage at the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival, June 9-11 at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.


The Mississippi Juke Joint Stage will showcase world-renowned artists, including GRAMMY® nominee Cedric Burnside, three-time Blues Music Award winner Eden Brent, Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame inductee Denise LaSalle and many other prominent blues, soul and R&B musicians.


Catch roundtable discussions with some of the leading experts on blues music featuring topics such as the Mississippi Blues Trail, which now totals 194 historic markers. Before you leave, visit the Sweet Home Chicago marker which recounts the Great Migration from the Delta to Chicago just a mile down Michigan Avenue.


Here’s the full schedule.


Friday, June 9

11:30 a.m. – Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis and Stone Academy

1 p.m. – Performance by Eden Brent, jazz and boogie pianist, songwriter and singer

2:30 p.m. – Hill country blues performance by GRAMMY-nominated Cedric Burnside Project

4 p.m. – Performance by Jarekus Singleton, Alligator Records recording artist

5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Cedric Burnside


Saturday, June 10

11:30 a.m. – Mississippi Blues Trail 10th anniversary roundtable with Jim O’Neal, Dr. Edgar Smith, Scott Barretta and Alex Thomas

1 p.m. – Delta blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram performance

2:30 p.m. – Bridges to the Blues by Donda’s House

4 p.m. – Performance by soul and R&B artist Vick Allen

5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith


Sunday, June 11

11:30 a.m. – Tribute to Amy Van Singel featuring Dick Shurman, Jim O’Neal and Rebecca Sive

1 p.m. – Performance by R&B and soul singer JJ Thames

2:30 p.m. – Performance by soul artist Zakiya Hooker

4 p.m. – Denise LaSalle performance

5:30 p.m. – Jam session with Eddie Taylor, Jr.


Can’t make it? Stream our Mississippi Juke Joint playlist on Spotify and get as close to the source as you can.