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Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, United States

Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago’s first blues festival opened in 1984, just a year after the death of blues icon Muddy Waters. As an important Chicago institution, the festival celebrates an important part of the city’s heritage and highlights the musicians who live their lives playing and singing the blues.

In the past, the festival has honored and presented artists such as: Eddie Taylor, Estella Yancey, Junior Wells, Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Bessie Smith and Skip James. Chuck Berry has shared the stage with Keith Richards, and John Lee Hooker has held the audience spellbound. Each year’s presentation brings more memories, and visitors come to enjoy the music and bask in the blues.