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Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest 2014 celebrates 5th birthday

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Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest (CBB) is ready to celebrate its 5th birthday! The wintertime roots fest returns with a 17 show format from Friday, January 10th through Saturday, February 1st, 2014!

The 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest 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 JazzFolk 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 Bluegrass brings their unique brand of 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. [from 5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest press release]

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Check out the full lineup below:

5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest at Concord Music Hall:
Jan 10 – Leagues, The Autumn Defense with The Giving Tree Band, Dick Prall at Concord Music Hall
Jan 17 – Justin Townes Earle with The Felice Brothers, Drew Holcomb at Concord Music Hall
Jan 18 – Greensky Bluegrass with Escondido at Concord Music Hall
Jan 25 – Rusted Root with Donna the Buffalo at Concord Music Hall

5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest at SPACE (Evanston):
Jan 10 – Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater with Will Jacobs Band at SPACE (Evanston)
Jan 17 – Shemekia Copeland with The Lucky 3 Blues Band at SPACE (Evanston)
Jan 18 – Shemekia Copeland with Frank Band and the Secret Stash at SPACE (Evanston)
Feb 1 – Swear and Shake with The Kickback at SPACE (Evanston)

5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest at City Winery:
Jan 13 – Jonathan Batiste at City Winery
Jan 15 – David Grisman JazzFolk Trio at City Winery
Jan 16 – David Grisman JazzFolk Trio at City Winery

5th Annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest at Tonic Room:
Jan 11 – Acoustics Anonymous with Clusterpluck at Tonic Room
Jan 14 - Tiny Miles & The Big Kids at Tonic Room
Jan 15 - Great Divide with Nick and the Ovorols at Tonic Room
Jan 16 – Evergreen Grass Band at Tonic Room
Jan 18 – American Babies at Tonic Room
Jan 23 – Huckleberry Green at Tonic Room


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