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Chicago Blues Festival full lineup stars Charlie Musselwhite, Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette performing Oct. 17, 2017, in New York City. | Getty Images

The 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival promises a celebration of Chicago’s rich blues legacy, and the full lineup of performers just announced by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is testament to that.

The festival runs June 7-9 at Millennium Park. Admission is free.

Among the already-announced headliners will be Bettye LaVette, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Lurie Bell, Ruthie Foster and the Jimmy Johnson Blues Band.

Also worth checking out will be the 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Rosa’s Lounge showcase, just north of The Bean, of Chicago blues legends and emerging artists who have performed at the Near Northwest Side music venue.

The complete lineup:

Charlie Musselwhite. | Provided photo
Charlie Musselwhite. | Provided photo
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5-6:15 p.m: Charlie Musselwhite with Billy Boy Arnold

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Jimmy Johnson Blues Band

7:45-9 p.m.: Bobby Rush

Budweiser Crossroads Stage

11 a.m.-noon: Joanna Connor

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Benny Turner and Real Blues

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Thornetta Davis

2:45-4 p.m.: Guy King with Chris Cain

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Bombino

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Jimmy Burns Band

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Keith Johnson & The Big Muddy Blues Band

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Karen Wolfe

3-4 p.m.: Grady Champion

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Front Porch Stage

11 a.m.–noon: Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis, Tim Gant, Tino Cortes, Alan Burroughs and Stone Academy

Ruthie Foster is among the headliners at the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival.
Ruthie Foster. | Riccardo Piccirillo
Riccardo Piccirillo

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Bob Stroger

2-3 p.m.: Kenny Smith & The House Bumpers

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Mojo Morganfield & The Mannish Boyz

5-6 p.m.: Mzz Reese

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Breezy Rodio

8-9 p.m.: Vance “Guitar” Kelly & The Backstreet Blues Band

Park Grill Stage

2-2:45 p.m.: Gerry Hundt’s Legendary One-Man Band

3-3:45 p.m.: Eric Noden

4-4:45 p.m.: Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama

Latimore. | Provided photo
Latimore. | Provided photo
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:15-6:15 p.m.: Latimore

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Don Bryant

7:45-9 p.m.: Bettye LaVette

Budweiser Crossroads Stage

11 a.m.-noon.: Melody Angel

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Marquise Knox

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Rico McFarland, Carl Weathersby and Kenneth “Hollywood” Scott

3-4 p.m.: Billy Boy Arnold

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Jesse “Guitar” Robinson

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Super Chikan

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band

3-4 p.m.: O.B. Buchana

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Front Porch Stage

11 a.m.-noon: Mary Lane

12:30-1:30 p.m.: The Joel Paterson Organ Trio featuring Chris Foreman

2-3 p.m.: Tribute To Otis Spann

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Dom Flemons

5-6 p.m.: Bridges to the Blues

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

8-9 p.m.: Lurrie Bell

Park Grill Stage

2-2:45 p.m.: Dom Flemons

3-3:45 p.m.: Harmonica Hinds

4-4:45 p.m.: Doktu Rhute Muuzic

SUNDAY, JUNE 9
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

5:15–6:15 p.m.: Larkin Poe

6:30–7:30 p.m.: The CONNECTION: Mike Welch & Friends

7:45–9 p.m.: Ruthie Foster

Budweiser Crossroads Stage

11 a.m.-noon: Omar Coleman

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band

1:30-2:30 p.m.: The Kinsey Report

2:45-4 p.m.: Toronzo Cannon

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Roomful of Blues with guest vocalist Lynne Jordan

Lurrie Bell. | Delmark Records
Lurrie Bell. | Delmark Records
Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: King Edward

12:30-1:30 p.m.: RL Boyce

1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Jarekus Singleton

3-4 p.m.: Zac Harmon

4:15-5:30 p.m.: Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Front Porch Stage

11 a.m.-noon: Willie Buck

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Erwin Helfer

2-3 p.m.: Cash Box Kings

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Ivy Ford Band

5-6 p.m.: Russ Green

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Mike Wheeler Band

Toronzo Cannon at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park. | Sun-Times files
Toronzo Cannon at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park. | Sun-Times files
Park Grill Stage

2-2:45 p.m.: Chicago Bound Blues Band

3-3:45 p.m.: Rick King’s Royal Hustle

4-4:45 p.m.: Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings

Maxwell Street Market – 800 S. Desplaines

Noon-2 p.m.: Dave Herrero