Chicago Blues Fest Bus Trip

Chicago Blues Fest Bus Trip

The 2019 bus trip was a huge success! Save the date for 2020!

June 5 to 7, 2020

Join other area blues enthusiasts for a day trip to celebrate Chicago’s music legacy as birthplace of the urban blues.  Transportation for this trip is a deluxe motorcoach with a restroom. There is no need to worry about traffic and parking, so sit back, relax and join us!  Cost is just $30 for Madison Blues Society members and the festival is free! Space is limited. Register today!

2019 Details
Pick Up: 
Dutch Mills Park and Ride; 46 Collins Ct, Madison WI
(Off of Stoughton Road)
Please note – Even though there is a free parking lot, parking can be difficult at times. Please arrive early.  Additional street parking is available, but may require a short walk.
Walmart at 7219 Walton Street in Rockford, IL

2019 Price:
Current Madison Blues Society Members at time of registration: $30.00
Crossroad Blues Society Members: $30.00
Nonmembers: $35.00
People under 21 are not permitted on the bus.

2019 Schedule:

8:45 am – Bus boarding begins
9:00 am – Departure from Dutch Mill Park and Ride in Madison
10:10 am – Pick up at Walmart at 7219 Walton Street in Rockford
11:45 am – Arrive at Millennium Park  (201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL) 9:30 pm – Depart Millennium Park
11:45 pm – Drop off at Walmart in Rockford
12:30 am – Arrive at Dutch Mill Park and Ride

Festival Line up 2019 :

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 7:45–9pm – Bettye LaVette
  • 6:30–7:30pm – Don Bryant
  • 5:15–6:15pm – Latimore

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (at South Chase Promenade)

  • 4:15–5:30pm – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones
  • 3–4pm – Billy Boy Arnold
  • 1:30–2:45pm – Rico McFarland, Carl Weathersby and Wayne Baker Brooks
  • 12:15–1:15pm – Marquise Knox
  • 11am–12pm – Melody Angel

Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (at North Chase Promenade)

  • 4:15–5:30pm – Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
  • 3–4pm – O.B. Buchana
  • 1:45pm–2:45pm – John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band
  • 12:30–1:30pm – Super Chikan
  • 11:15am–12:15pm – Jesse “Guitar” Robinson

Front Porch Stage (at Wrigley Square)

  • 8–9pm – Lurrie Bell
  • 6:30–7:30pm – Morry Sochat & The Special 20s
  • 5–6pm – Bridges to the Blues
  • 3:30–4:30pm – Dom Flemons
  • 2–3pm – Chicago Blues Piano Master—A Tribute To Otis Spann featuring Oscar Wilson, Johnny Iguana, Sumito Ariyoshi, Rie Kanehira, Roosevelt Purifoy, Harlan Terson, Frank Krakowski & Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
  • 12:30–1:30pm – The Joel Paterson Organ Trio featuring Chris Foreman
  • 11am–12pm – Mary Lane

 Park Grill Stage

  • 4–4:45pm – Doktu Rhute Muuzic
  • 3–3:45pm – Harmonica Hinds
  • 2–2:45pm – Dom Flemons

Rosa’s Lounge

  • 11am–9pm – Daily showcase of Chicago Blues Legends and emerging artists that have called Rosa’s Lounge home over the last 35 years.


The festival is free to attend, and you are permitted to bring in food. However, no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the festival grounds. Refreshments, including food, beer and wine, are available for purchase for from the concessions tents. General seating in the Pavilion and on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Alcohol is allowed on the bus, but in plastic or cans only. There is no smoking on the bus.

This trip will require some walking.  More information on accessibility for Millennium Park can be found here:

Please refer to this page for the most updated FAQs regarding the festival:

Advance Registration is required. 

For questions, please contact Julie Ethridge at or at 608-513-9619 .