Click above to buy a $25 VIP ticket to the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival. Click here for a $15 general-admission ticket.
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. Today's Groupon goes noodling for banjos in the blue beyond at the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival. Get all the plucking and crooning you can take at the landmark Congress Theater on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m. to midnight. For $15, you'll get a general admission ticket to the event, a $35 value. All tickets enable you to come and go from the theater as often as you like until 6 p.m., after which time you are welcome to arrive but will not be allowed to leave and re-enter. Don't let your lack of a babysitter keep you home—children under 12 get in free.
If you choose to buy the $25 VIP ticket (a $50 value), you'll get the perks above, plus balcony seats, exclusive VIP bars and bathrooms, unobstructed views, and refuge from the crowds. You'll also get exclusive access to the Congress Skyboxes, repurposed film projection rooms from which you can let your VIP flag fly.
An all-star lineup of 25 bands will play on three different stages throughout the day. Check out enigmatic genre-warpers and traditional acts, including Dr. Dog, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Van Ghost. 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.
In addition to the music, you can enjoy film screenings, on-stage improv from Second City members, and live artists creating art live. As if chilling to the sounds of blues and bluegrass until you're blue in the face, mouth, ears, and fingertoes weren't enough of an incentive, the festival proceeds will benefit the Saving Tiny Hearts Society and Prevent Child Abuse in America.
- 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
Monsters of Bluegrass
There's been so much interest in the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival that they're already approaching artists to play next year. Here's the line-up (so far):
- Horton Sweetwater
- The Hammock Brothers
- Dixie Jaybird and the Thistlers
- The World Famous Vanilla Creek Shout-Singers
- Professor Amos Q. Twang
- Moonshine Molly and the Jug-alongs
- A Special Playlet from Gary Sinise
- Penny: The Dog Who Whistles Back
- Banjo Man Alpha with special guest star and nemesis, Banjo Man Prime
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