The Chicago Blues Festival announced that it would move to Millenium Park in 2017, taking place at the downtown venue June 9-11.
This marks the first time that the festival will not take place at Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell since its inception in 1984.
In addition to the change of venue, the festival announced its headliners. This year’s festival will include blues-rocker Gary Clark Jr., Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, renowned Chicago harmonica-player’s Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, and 60s soul singer William Bell, along with James Cotton, Rhymefest, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
Known as the “largest free blues festival in the world,” The Chicago Blues Festival is a staple for the city and has hosted a number of icons of the genre in the past, including B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles and Buddy Guy.
Check back for more information on the lineup and schedule as it is released.