Chicago Bluesgrass and Blues Festival

The RFWtv program New Danger is off to cover the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival taking place at the Congress Theater in Chicago tomorrow, December 12.  With a headliner like Bela Fleck and some hometown boys from Ann Arbor, MI opening the show (Great Divide), the one-day event is sure to be a blast.  And there are still tickets available!

Again, this is an all day affair, starting our with a special breakfast breakfast hosted by the bands Great Divide and Sexfist, a joyous start right as the doors open and before the first acts go on at 11 a.m.  The event is to last until midnight, and you are able to come and go as you please up until 6p.m.  At that hour, unless your hand is already stamped as being present for the festival, you will not be able to reenter.  Since this is all taking place in the theatre…make sure to bring your favorite chairs to relax throughout the day.

Scroll down to find links to the official Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival website; moreover, below is a show schedule and direct link to purchase the ULTRA cheap tickets for this one-day affair J

If you want in on breakfast, we mean, breakFIST, a little heads up from the band SEXFIST:

“Send a text with your NAME to 312-77-Banjo to RSVP for the breakFIST. That way we’ll know how much food to make!  DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE, THERE ARE ONLY 87 RSVP’s LEFT AS OF 2:30pm TUESDAY.

The delicious vittles will be served from 11:00AM to 12:30PM, immediately followed by SEXFIST! Then you can spend the rest of the day checking out the incredible lineup (including Bela Fleck and Emmit Nershi!)”

Buy tickets here:

Official Website

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About the Festival

The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival is a one-day festival celebrating our city’s unprecedented appreciation of roots music and culture. Hosted by the legendary Congress Theatre, Kingtello, React Presents, a bevy of homegrown talent will unite with some of contemporary music’s most accomplished and influential artists for a day of collaboration and cause. 12 hours, 25 bands, for only $35. And all in the name of a just cause and a plethora of musical styles that have evolved from the Bluegrass and Blues traditions that started it all. Aiming to help eradicate childe abuse and congenital heart defects in children, a portion of the event’s proceeds will contribute to the research efforts of the Chicago-based Saving Tiny Hearts Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse in America.

FAQs about the show, pulled straight from the official website.

Is the show all ages? Can kids come?
Not only can kids come, but children under 12 will be admitted for FREE! This show is All Ages, runs from 11am-Midnight-ish, features 25 bands and only costs $35.

Can I come and go from the theater as I please?
Why, yes you can come and go freely to and from the theater until 6pm. AFTER 6PM YOU CAN STILL ARRIVE. All this means is that once you’ve left the building after 6pm, you can’t come back in. As in, if you leave at 5:59 you can still get stamped and come back any time throughout the night. However a minute later that would not be an option.

It’s a festival for God’s sake, where can I smoke?
There’ll be a smoking lounge access without leaving the theater. Relax, fiends.

What can I bring, and what can’t I bring in to the theater?
There’s two things we strongly encourage you two bring: Chairs and Instruments. It’s a long day, so bring your camping chairs to pop a squat on when your dogs are barkin’, and there’ll be an open jam session and picking circle from the second the doors open. Musicians are all invited to bring their instruments and participate. There’ll be an “instrument check” along with the coat check so that you don’t have to lug your noisemaker around with you all day. Bring whatever else in normally allowed at an indoor show, and don’t bring things that are clearly illegal or against the rules (food, booze, drugs, guns, stowaways).

What else is there to do other than listen to music?
There’ll be over 50 booths of artists, vendors, and charitable causes, marching bands, film screenings, and on-stage improv from assorted Second City Chicago cast members. Artists will be creating their art on-site and selling it while the Saving Tiny Hearts Society and Prevent Child Abuse America will be raffling off swag from the artists.

Breakfist with Sexfist @ Chicago Bluegrass abd Blues Festival!

As a huge Thank You to everyone who voted, we’ve wrangled our friends at GoldnPear Catering to make delicious food for us all at the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest. Here’s how you can get in on the sweet action.

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