Here are a few links to blues-related sites. These include blues organizations, blues societies, blues festivals, and blues clubs
(with an emphasis on those in the Midwest).

To check out blues bands, go to our "Artists" page at:


Blues Organizations

The Blues Foundation: Internet home of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.
Blues Foundation's Affiliate Members: Affiliate members of the Blues Foundation 
Illinois Blues Coalition:  A Fund Grant Program established to promote and stimulate the growth of the art form of blues related music by performance, by interpretation, by preservation and by enhancement through a grant application process for recognized Blues Societies, Blues Music Entertainers and Blues Music educators.

Most informative Blues Sites

Delta Frank's Blues Blowtorch    Delta Frank's Website detailing some important facts about the blues and local blues musicians
Illinois Blues - The Midwest's #1 Source for all news BLUES. Very informative web site regarding Blues events in the area
The Blues Pipeline - Blues Search Engine
Blues Festivals Internet resource for locating blues festivals and concerts around the nation.

Festival Finder: A resource for locating festivals by music type, including blues, rock, alternative, jazz, country, classical, Cajun and more.

Blues Festival Guide: A free weekly electronic newsletter called The Blues Festival e-Guide which delivers blues music and news to fan¹s inboxes each Friday, and the 100 page print edition of the Blues Festival Guide magazine which is an annual, free publication. 

Ain't Nothin But The Blues Festival - Hidden by a junkyard is this beautiful gem of a location that allows you to sit back and suck in some of the best blues this country has to offer. Whether you sit down in your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds or stroll around the lake and hear from a distance its all good. The blues festival has grown from a single day event to a two day 5000 plus attendee extravaganza. This is where some of the biggest names in blues come to play. It’s summertime and the livin is easy, especially at the Nothin’ but the Blues festival.  It’s parents and kids, it’s blues fans from all over the country kicking back and having a good time. Saturday is always a good day for the whole family cause of the numerous things we have for the children of our blues lovers. Come early cause those activities end at 5:00pm. 
Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival -  Set in The beautiful Riverfront of Peoria, Illinois, Great Blues entertainment and three entertainment stages. Considered one of the top blues festivals,  Budweiser Blues Festival features two days of internationally known Blues artists and is produced by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment,, with proceeds going to the Illinois Blues Coalition.
The Illinois Blues Coalition supports Blues Societies, Blues Music Entertainers and Blues Music Education by offering grants and scholarships to help fund projects which preserve and promote the history and future of blues music. The objective of the Illinois Blues Coalition is to promote the art form of blues-related music by performance, by interpretation, by preservation and by enhancement of appreciation through knowledge and education.
A popular addition to our festival is the “Blues Lessons” featuring musician workshops and history of the blues educational seminars. Peoria has a long tradition and has always been a major influence in blues music. It began with the days when the blues masters would travel from Chicago, sown the Illinois River to St. Louis, and then on to New Orleans. Peoria was, and still is, the place to stop! Even the blues men and women knew the famous cliché, “Will It Play In Peoria?”
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival - For twenty-five years, volunteers of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society have been organizing and presenting the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. The three-day festival is held each year over the 4th of July weekend in picturesque LeClaire Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa. After flooding conditions last year forced the Festival to be relocated to the streets of Downtown Davenport, the festival will return to LeClaire Park this year for the 25th Anniversary edition of the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.  Through the care and attention paid in selecting performers to represent a variety of blues styles and the down-home non-commercial atmosphere of the fest, over the years the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has become recognized as one of the finest blues fests in the country.
Assorted Other Sites

American Blues Network : Your home for American Blues Network. ... Party Blues & Oldies

Best Damn Blues: Very informative Blues site, Videos, downloads, news and more!

Blues Before Sunrise: Official home page of Steve Cushing and the Blues Before Sunrise music program.

The Blue Highway: Blues database featuring RealAudio blues broadcasts, links, and a search engine

Blues Review: On-line version of the largest magazine dedicated to the blues An on-line magazine that bills itself as the largest blues publication in the world. You must register, but registration is free. International internet resource featuring artist biographies and RealAudio clips

Buddy and Hopkins: A music-themed comic strip for musicians and fans of music. B&H Store Home of lots and lots of blues information and history.

Electric Blues: Searchable blues resource with blues CD reviews and ratings

Excello Album Discography: An excellent discography of the Excello history

Living Blues: Home of Living Blues and a great source of blues-related information.

The Mudcat Cafe: Nationally recognized Blues and Folk music I-magazine

Nothin But Da Blues: A variety of blues materials, including a monthly update of new releases.

Northern Blues: Canada's newest blues label, dedicated to bringing you the best in world class blues.

South Side Records: A relatively new LA-based record label that focuses on the blues.

WGLT: News, Blues and all that Jazz: Central Illinois home of Frank Black & Blues as well as NPR, Jazz, and specialty programs

WWHP: "The Whip" is a station that plays just about everything, including a healthy dose of the blues.


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