The 2014 Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival Returns to Multiple Venues in Chicago


Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival (CBB) is ready to celebrate its 5th birthday! The wintertime roots fest returns with 17 shows format spanning three weeks in January and February!

CBB V is anchored in eight shows over three weeks at the newly-minted Concord Music Hall, the West Loop’s City Winery, and Evanston’s SPACE.  Rusted Root and Justin Townes Earle make their first CBB appearance, while David Grisman returns for his 3rd, this time with two nights as the David Grisman Jazz Folk Trio. The fest kicks off January 10th with Leagues and The Autumn Defense (feat. John Stirratt & Pat Sanson of Chicago’s own WILCO) at Concord Music Hall.  Jonathan Batiste brings a dose of New Orleans, Greensky brings the Bluegrass, and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater channels 60 years of Chicago blues experience.  Local showcases at Tonic Room adorn nights throughout.

Aiming to showcase the musical styles that have evolved from bluegrass and blues culture, CBB was born in 2008 of a collaboration between Mike Raspatello, React Presents, and Silver Wrapper.   Since then, the fest has hosted acts like The Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck, Grace Potter, Del McCoury, Edward Sharpe, David Grisman, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Honeyboy Edwards, Joe Pug, Joe Purdy, Corey Chisel, and The Skatalites, making stops at the Auditorium Theater, Lincoln Hall, House of Blues, Congress Theater, and Double Door.

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Check out the full lineup below:

Jan 10 – Leagues & The Autumn Defense w/ The Giving Tree Band and Dick Prall @ Concord Music Hall
Jan 10 – Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater @ SPACE (Evanston)
Jan 11 – Acoustics Anonymous w/ Clusterpluck @ Tonic Room
Jan 13 – Jonathan Batiste @ City Winery

Jan 14 – Tiny Miles & The Big Kids @Tonic Room
Jan 15 – David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Jan 15 – Great Divide w/ Nick And The Ovorols @ Tonic Room
Jan 16 – David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Jan 16 – Evergreen Grass Band w/ guests @ Tonic Room
Jan 17 – Justin Townes Earle & The Felice Brothers w/ guests @ Concord Music Hall
Jan 17 – Shamekia Copeland @ SPACE (Evanston)
Jan 18 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Escondido @ Concord Music Hall
Jan 18 – Shamekia Copeland @ SPACE (Evanston)
Jan 18 – American Babies w/ guests @ Tonic Room
Jan 23 – Huckleberry Green @ Tonic Room
Jan 25 – Rusted Root w/ Donna The Buffalo @ Concord Music Hall
Feb 2 – Swear and Shake @ SPACE (Evanston)

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