This year, the Third Logan Center Bluesfest will take place Oct. 15-17.
It will be a hybrid model with a series of intimate concerts, conversations and special events in which select programming is offered in-person, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St.; and all programming is livestreamed for free.
Evening headliner concert programming, which follows the thread of Blues music from its earliest expressions to its most contemporary, includes:
"Daughters and Sons of the Blues": Shemekia Copeland & Ronnie Baker Brooks with special guests Lurrie Bell and Steve Bell, and Demetria Taylor, Friday, Oct. 15. The Logan Center Bluesfest presents the most celebrated and successful progeny of the Blues, and honors Chicago as the home of the largest concentration of Blues families in the world.
"I Been Studdin' Ya!": Bobby Rush with Jontavious Willis opening, demonstrating how the voices of the Blues elders populate the souls and vocal folds of their progeny, Saturday, Oct. 16. Eighty-seven-year-old, two-time Grammy-winning blues legend Bobby Rush will perform a solo acoustic set, followed by a set with his electric band. And opening for Rush will be 24-year-old Delta-style blues phenom Jontavious Willis.
A dynamic next gen double bill of a strange bittera world-premiere film, music composition and poetry performance by avery r. young and Amir George that pushes boundaries in how live blues music is presentedpaired with Butterscotch. This double bill will take place Sunday, Oct. 17.
See LoganCenterBlues.org .