Chicago Blues Festival BeginsChicago Blues Festival begins today with three free days of exceptional blues music, festival activities and summer fun. This year’s music event has a new venue — Millenium Park— which will host 5 stages of music. Billed as the world’s largest free blues music festival and the city’s largest, more than 500,000 blues fans are expected to blow into the Windy City this weekend.

Headlining this year’s Chicago Blues Festival are Billy Branch & The Son of Blues, William Bell, Gary Clark Jr. and Rhymefest. For the full schedule visit the website:

Chicago Blues Festival Begins

Muddy Waters Mural by Brazilian street artist Eduardo KOBRA towers over the Blues Capitol of the World.

Festivities for the upcoming 34th annual Chicago Blues Festival began yesterday with the dedication of the Muddy Waters Mural by world-renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra. The mural is located on the building at 17 North State Street. Born McKinley Morganfield, Muddy Waters is known as the father of modern electric blues. The entire Morganfield family was in attendance including his three sons, Mud, Bill and Joseph.

Free music events by our larger cities as Chicago and New York officially kick-off the beginning of summer. While it is blues month in Chicago, New York has its’ first-ever Music Month.

Where ever you are this summer across the United States, you will find a music festival to drop in on. — Abbe is #SociallySparked @sosparkednews @asparks01