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Chicago Blues Festival Potluck Picnic in Grant Park


Join your fellow Meetup members for our pot luck picnic at the Chicago Blues Fest. We will have a wonderful time meeting, mingling, eating, and most of all, enjoying the great blues music.



*****Note:  Please read this complete announcement*****


Here are the details:

Saturday, June 8th,  3:00pm - 9:30pm (the end of Petrillo performances -- park closes).  This should give you plenty of time to relax, check out some of the side stages, and patronize the vendors in the concession area before the main acts take the stage. (See the lineup below)

Location:  Petrillo Bandshell at Butler Field in Grant Park (corner of Columbus & Jackson) Chicago, IL.  We will be sitting on the LEFT side as you face the Petrillo Bandshell center stage in the grassy area behind the walkway.  We will have a rather large area.



If you don't see us, call my cell phone: (708) 369-3347.  Cell reception is poor in the park so please try to find us using the map first. 


Please bring an entrée or a couple of the other  items from this list

Entrees: Chicken (fried, wings, baked, strips); Sub Sandwiches, Rib tips, Meatballs, etc.

Appetizers: Fruit (NO CUT MELON), Hors d'oeuvres, finger sandwiches, veggie plate, chips & dip, etc.

Snacks: Potato Chips, Nuts, Crackers, Cheese, etc.

Dessert:  Cake, cookies, brownies, pie, sweet rolls, etc.

Drinks: Water, soda, juice, ice

Supplies:  Condiments,Paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins, foil, trash bags

(Note the police will not allow you to bring wine/beer into the park. Some folks have been able to get a bottle or two through but you risk having to throw your wine away if you are caught) 

>>> Please bring enough food for at least 6 others


>>> Everyone should bring a picnic chair or blanket or tarp to sit on.

>>> We can use extra ground covering so please bring some if you can .

>>> If you can arrive early (2:30) and would like to help set please email me.

>>> The weather at Grant Park can change quickly. Bring a jacket or sweater as it will get cooler in the evening by the lake. 

Feel free to bring your friends and family. Enjoy the park and the music. If you have any questions please email me at:  [masked]

Here's the Saturday Blues Fest Lineup.

Windy City Blues Society Stage

  • 11–11:45am - Jacob Schulz Band with special guest Toronzo Cannon
  • 12 Noon–1pm - Fernando Jones & Blues Kids of America
  • 1:15–2:15pm - Sam Lay joins Bob Riedy & Bob Corritore     
  • 2:30–3:25pm - Matthew Curry: & The Fury
  • 3:40–5:10pm - “Baker’s Dozen” Harp Blowout hosted by Harry Garner Band
  • 5:25–6:20pm - Shake ‘Em On Down: Rick Sherry, Joel Paterson & Beau Sample
  • 6:30–7:30pm - The Michael Frank & Michael Packer Duo


Bud Light Crossroads Stage

  • 11:15am–12:15pm - Bobby Slim James
  • 12:45–2pm - Michael Coleman and the New Back Breakers
  • 2:30–3:45pm - Peaches and the Grove Shakers
  • 4:15–5:30pm - Mike Avery and West Side Soul


Mississippi Juke Joint Stage

  • 11:30am–12:30pm - Panel Discussion (Pinetop Perkins 100th Birthday) with Pat Morgan, Barrelhouse Chuck & Kenny “Beedyeyes” Smith. Robert Walker will emcee.
  • 1–2pm - The Peterson Brothers Band
  • 2:30–3:30pm - Eddie Taylor, Jr.
  • 4–5pm - Castro Coleman
  • 5:30–7:45pm - Tribute to Howlin’Wolf featuring Eddie Shaw and friends


Pepsi Front Porch Stage

  • 12 Noon–1pm - Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points
  • 1:30–2:30pm - Khalif Wailin’ Walter
  • 3–4pm - Holle Thee Maxwell
  • 4:30–5:30pm - Larry McCray 

Petrillo Music Shell

  • 5–6pm - Ronnie Baker Brooks
  • 6:30–7:45pm - Otis Clay and the Platinum Band featuring Uvee Hayes
  • 8:10–9:30pm - The Memphis Soul Revue starring The Bar-Kays with special guests Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice

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  • Joyce J.

    A wonderful way to meet blues enthusiast. Pierre, organizer, was a great host.

    June 9, 2013

  • priscilla

    It was great!!!

    June 9, 2013

  • Arlene B.

    It was GREAT!!!!

    June 8, 2013

  • Jacqueline S. J.

    Was called in to work.

    June 8, 2013

  • Debra S.

    Just got out of a meeting, got to go home and power down. Sorry, I'm a mayb.

    June 8, 2013

  • Anna

    Ill be there but late with others
    Thank next time

    June 8, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Going to try to attend but have some work I must tend to first.

    June 8, 2013

  • Karen

    I'll miss you this time due to a conflicting appointment.

    June 7, 2013

  • Wahabi Ishola S.

    Okay we do and thank.

    June 7, 2013

  • Pierre

    Just in case anyone is wondering the picnic will go on unless the weather is absolutely horrendous. We have survived the rain and cold before and can do it again. If it is really raining hard before 3:00 (start time) then give me a call but I don't plan on cancelling at this point.

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Marianne

    Can't make this but keep us posted about the next jazz event.

    June 4, 2013

  • Jane

    Thank you, Pierre. Sorry to have to miss it! Sounds like a good time.

    June 4, 2013

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