UPDATED INFORMATION, 6/28:
I plan to be there between 3 and 3:30. I will have Meetup signs on the back of a few of our lawn chairs. I'm hoping they will allow me to have red and white balloons tied to my chair. I called and asked, and was told I could bring them in, but can't fly them high during the music. There's no guarantee, though, that I will be allowed in with them.
When we get settled I also will post an approximate location in the comment section below, so please check that when you arrive.
Gates open at 2, and the first band starts at 3. It was pretty crowded there last night, so the earlier you get there the better.
I was there last night and parked across the street in the Metra lot for $5. It might fill up fast, so the earlier you arrive, the better. Please allow plenty of time to find parking, and plan to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. We will likely sit on the concrete area, so a bag chair is highly recommended. Bad chairs, purses, etc., are subject to inspection.
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The West Suburban Cheers Group and The Fox Valley 30s and 40s Singles Group will be joining us.
One of the most heralded Blues Festivals in the Midwest takes the stage to celebrate its 18th Season, and man, it’s going to be phenomenal! Friday, June 27 through Saturday the 28th, it’s smoking music, cold beers and beautiful scenery right on the Fox River. If you’ve never been to Blues on the Fox, then you need to experience it for yourself. If you have, then you know why you need to be there again.
Los Lonely Boys will be the headline band. To see videos of Los Lonely Boys as well as the other bands, click on the link below.
Gates: Open at 2 p.m. I plan to be there at 5--maybe even earlier. I will provide more information about how to find me a few days before the event as well as on the message boards when I get there.
Price/General Admission Only: Before June 2: $10 per day; after June 2 & Day Of: $20 per day.
Samantha Fish: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Don’t let her youthful looks fool you. Samantha Fish may be in her mid-20s, but her soul and artistry are filled with decades of powerful experience. Fish has channeled that power into a career that has been blowing audiences away first on Kansas City, Missouri’s blues circuit, and now on a national scale. Her lyrics are piercing, her chemistry is inviting and her guitar prowess has been described by American Blues Scene Magazine as “pure fret board badassery.”
Tab Benoit: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Tab Benoit got his education in blues from one of the coolest schools around, the Blues Box--a ramshackle, well-known blues club in Baton Rouge. It was there that he played as a teenager alongside a faculty of living legends and where his love for the blues flourished. With that seasoned Telecaster hung around his neck and that leathery voice belting out those Delta lyrics, Tab has gone on to be a Grammy-nominated artist that has stayed true to his roots while collecting a legion of fans nationwide.
Taj Mahal: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Taj Mahal has been globally influenced when it comes to his music and the blues. His dad was a jazz pianist/composer from the Caribbean and his mom was a teacher and gospel singer. Their home was filled with music and visiting musicians from around the world, and Taj absorbed every sight and sound. That foundation led Taj to be one of the most influential blues artists of the 20th century, injecting those various influences into his blues backbone. He’s recorded more than 40 albums, won two Grammy Awards and has collaborated with a diverse group of artists including Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton, Cyndi Lauper, The Rolling Stones and Willie Nelson.
Los Lonely Boys: 9 to 10:30 p.m.
Henry, Jojo and Ringo, Jr., blew onto the music scene with the power of a Texas tornado when “Heaven” hit the airwaves back in 2004. The song went on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, won a Grammy and firmly placed the trio of brothers on the radar of music lovers everywhere. But it’s their unique sound of “Texican Rock n Roll” – which melds Texas blues along with brown eyed soul, country and Tejano – along with their legendary live shows that have made the talented artists one of the most popular bands on tour today.
Hope to see you there!