Local, Regional and
Cotton Patch Soul Blues

Celebrating the best Blues of our Community
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Blues Fest Lineup

Candy Foster and Shades of Blue - CU's own Big Band Blues Revue - Facebook
Robert Kimbrough Sr. - Junior Kimbrough's youngest son, Cotton Patch Soul Blues from Mississippi - Facebook
Mary Jo Curry - Rockin' Blues featuring Mary Jo's powerful vocals, from Springfield, IL - Facebook
The Blues Deacons - With local legends Jeff Kerr & Griz Stevens - Blues Deacons Website
The Keith Harden Band - Reunion of Keith, Billy & Andy - Keith's Facebook
The Painkillers Blues Band - Traditional Blues - Facebook
Melvin Knight & Amber Sky - Young local R&B group - Facebook

As the Fest approaches we'll have bios of all the acts posted here!

We're thrilled the BluesCENTRAL Dancers will be involved, they'll be offering free dance lessons at various times throughout the day. We'll also have acoustic performers at the Fest!

Mary Jo Curry - Mary Jo’s talent has been recognized by the honor of receiving the Kankakee Area Music Awards, “Best Blues Artist” for 2016. Her CD, “Mary Jo Curry”, was selected to represent the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society in the Blues Foundation’s, Best Self Produced CD competition. Ms. Curry’s college training was in theater performance and voice. Her professional career started as lead singer in a popular rock cover band. While doing a show with a local theater group, Mary Jo was “discovered” by theater talent scouts who wanted her to audition for a role in a major touring troupe; this audition led to a stint as a professional theater performer. Five years ago she fell in love with blues music, and was soon invited to join a Central Illinois blues band. The band quickly realized that Mary Jo was the real deal, and the band restructured itself to feature Mary Jo as the lead vocalist.

Mary Jo is joined onstage by her husband, Michael Rapier, who plays lead guitar, acts as band leader, and shares in the songwriting duties. The last 5 years have been the incubator to allow Mary Jo to shape her sound and her direction as a blues performer, and she is now ready to bring her blues to the world.

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