The festival, expanded to four days this year, will open for the first time at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, on June 6. Copeland will be the headliner, with guest guitarist Quinn Sullivan. Also on the bill: Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America.
On June 8, headliners will include Clay, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and the Memphis Soul Revue, featuring the Bar-Kays with guests Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice.
And on June 9, the "Sweet Home Chicago" theme will feature Shirley Johnson, Jimmy Johnson and a "Chicago Blues: Old School, New Millennium" show spotlighting Cotton, Branch, John Primer, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Lil’ Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller and others.
Admission is free. For details, visit chicagobluesfestival.us or phone 312-744-3316.