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Chicago's best winter festival, The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, is this Saturday

 The Festival's Schedule


This Saturday the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival will invade Chicago's historic Congress Theater. 26 bands will be playing on 3 stages for 13 hours of non-stop music. But its just not music. There will be many different art exhibits and vendors, as well as lots of food and drink to keep people entertained. On top of that people are encouraged to bring their acoustic guitars and hula-hoops, so that their may be spontaneous jamming and fun all over the massive theater. 

Other things the festival has done to accommodate their guests is to provide pre and post parties, a smoking section within the festival so you don't have to leave, kids under 12 are admitted free, and that there is unlimited re-entry up until 6pm. Learn more about their plethora of pretty awesome festival additions here.

We haven't even gotten to the lineup yet...

The headliners are Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Dr. Dog, The Emmit-Nershi Band, and Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater.

Béla Fleck has been nominated for more Grammys in more categories than anyone else in history.

Dr. Dog is a very well respected and followed indie band out of Philadelphia who won lots of acclaim for their wonderful album "Fate." They will also be releasing a new album in 2010.

The Emmit-Nershi Band is comprised of Drew Emmit from Leftover Salmon and Bill Nershi or The String Cheese incident, two of the most well known jam-bands of all time. 

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater is a traditional, and highly respected, Chicago-blues artist who has been making hits and rocking crows for many generations. 

Oh... and there is 24 more bands! Most of whom call Chicago home. The other acts are: 

The Giving Tree Band
Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Van Ghost
Majors Junction
Chicago Farmer
Jaik Willis
Mike Mangione & The Band
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Environmental Encroachment
How Far to Austin
Liberty Bluegrass Band
The Right Now
Cobalt & the Hired Guns
The Shams Band
The Junior League Band
Great Divide
Alex Wilson