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Preview Tue Jan 07 2014

Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Warms Up Your Chicago Winter


The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is back for its fifth year, with 17 shows over three weeks at four different venues across the city. The performances run from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1 at Concord Music Hall, City Winery, SPACE and Tonic Room. We've got a few favorite sets to let you know about, but see below for a full line-up to plan your CBB experience.

Bluegrass composer and mandolinist David Grisman returns for his third year at the wintertime roots festival for two sold-out performances with David Grisman JazzFolk Trio at City Winery. Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland also performs twice, with The Lucky 3 Blues Band on Jan. 17 and Frank Bang and the Secret Stash the following night, at Evanston's SPACE.

Five-piece bluegrass band Greensky Bluegrass will play at the city's newest venue, Concord Music Hall, which quickly became the go-to place to host concerts in Logan Square after the Congress Theater was shut down. Rusted Root, the dynamic band that is best known for "Send Me on My Way," will also perform there for one of the final shows of the festival.

Chicago Bluegrass & Blues 2014 Lineup

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater w/ Will Jacobs Band @ SPACE
Leagues & The Autumn Defense w/ The Giving Tree Band and Dick Prall @ Concord Music Hall

Acoustics Anonymous w/ Clusterpluck @ Tonic Room

Jonathan Batiste @ City Winery

Tiny Miles & The Big Kids @ Tonic Room

David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Great Divide w/ Nick and the Ovorols @ Tonic Room

David Grisman JazzFolk Trio @ City Winery
Evergreen Grass Band @ Tonic Room

Shemekia Copeland @ SPACE
Justin Townes Earle & The Felice Brothers @ Concord Music Hall

Greensky Bluegrass w/ Escondido @ Concord Music Hall
Shemekia Copeland @ SPACE
American Babies @ Tonic Room

Huckleberry Green @ Tonic Room

Rusted Root w/ Donna the Buffalo @ Concord Music Hall

Swear and Shake @ SPACE

Get tickets and see any last-minute updates at the CBB Festival website.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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