Blues and bluegrass are the primordial music soup from whence all other earthly and some Neptunian musical genres emerged. This spirited and soulful music still ripples through the blue waters and watches over us from the blue stars above. For $50, today's side deal gets you a VIP package to the third annual Chicago Blues & Bluegrass Festival from Friday, December 3, to Sunday, December 5.
The three-day VIP package gets you entry to all three venues each day, plus balcony seats, exclusive VIP bars and bathrooms, better views, and a three-hour open bar (3 p.m.–6 p.m.) and refuge from the crowds on Saturday at the Congress Theater. You'll also get exclusive access to the Congress Skyboxes, repurposed film projection rooms from which you can let your VIP flag fly.
The festival begins Friday, December 3, at Wicker Park's Double Door, continuing on Saturday, December 4, with more than 20 bands at the landmark Congress Theater, and comes to a close on Sunday, December 5, at Lincoln Hall. Music begins each day at 11 a.m. and runs until midnight.
An all-star lineup of more than 30 bands will play three venues over three days, including headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, plus an extensive local line-up. Whether you know the acts by name or you're looking for something new to do, the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival will fend off your seasonal symptoms of summer festival withdrawal with a cozy day of warm indoor festivities.
While there aren't many previews for this year's Chicago Blues & Bluegrass Festival yet, Chicagoist recently featured its expanded lineup and three-day span; last year, the fest gained recognition on Gapers Block, and JamBase.
- Let me assure you, each inch of the theater was utilized, with music pouring out of every nook and cranny. Still, I never felt cramped, and concert-goers were allowed to wander around the different stages and booths with ease...One thing is for certain - music festivals aren't just for summer anymore. – Stephanie Griffin, Gapers Block
- This is music that understands our struggles but also reminds us that there is always sunshine after the rain. – Herschel Concepcion, JamBase