Chicago is the home of the largest free blues festival in the world. This three day event that is showcased on five grand stages is the ultimate festival for the over five hundred thousand fans that converge there. This has led Chicago to be labelled as the ‘Blues capital of the world’.
Every year in June, lovers of the blues converge in Chicago to indulge in the melodious beats of rhythm and blues. With the atmosphere filled with these melodious songs and great performances from established R n B artists, the crowd is taken through a roller-coaster of emotions that captures the essence of the music. This is made more enjoyable by the beer and barbeque available from vendors across the park.
Famous performers who have graced the wondrous stage of the Chicago blues festival include; Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Ray Charles, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and the late Koko Taylor. Virtuoso performances by these talented artists take the listener through the fifties, sixties, and seventies, when the blues was the hallmark of music.
Chicago blues festival takes place along the lake front where the aura of good music mingles with the cool breeze to create a memorable atmosphere. Besides the beer and barbeque, true R n B fans get to immerse themselves in their own world of rhythm and blues.
So, how is the crowd managed? Well with a crowd bordering on the upper two hundred thousands, there is bound to be problems here and there. This is where Chicago’s police department steps in to help maintain and keep a watchful eye on the event. They ensure very high standards of security and that theft is kept at a minimum low by patrolling continuously through the crowd.
What to expect
First and foremost, the attendants will be exposed to the finest American blues.Simply put the Chicago blues festival is one of the best events in the country.
Let’s face it, there are a group of individuals who are not interested in the music, rather they want to tap in to the excitement and probably just indulge in the moment. to supplement the music, the Chicago blues festival offers other fun filled activities.There are a myriad of other activities that individuals can indulge in.
The Chicago blues festival acts as platform for young and upcoming artists to showcase their talents. Artists are allowed to register and book performances beforehand, enabling them to get that all important platform to kick start their careers.
It is due to these reasons that the Chicago blues festival has cemented its position as one of the best eventin Chicago and the rest of the country.
Location: Grant Park
Dates: June 8th-10th 2012
Time: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th 11 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday 10th 11am to 9 pm.