“ A Summer Fest Brought Indoors for the Chicago Winter” –When You Awake One weekend of bluegrass & blues isn’t enough for the endless Chicago winter. Now in its fourth year, CBB Fest will host over 50 bands throughout December and January upon iconic Chicago stages.
Kicking things off in December, CBB fest organizers have tacked some late nights and a Kyle Hollingsworth-infused beer tasting onto the following weekend’s 3-night run of String Cheese Incident at the Aragon Ballroom.
Back-to-back January weekends will again bring a pair of eclectic tributes to the genres that started it all. CBB’s original headliner, David Grisman, will bring his Quintet to the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University on January 21st to join longtime friend Del McCoury, and his festival-favorite Del McCoury Band. On top of their respective sets, the legendary duo will take the stage together for a “ Big Mon Jam,” inspired by the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Plus, The Bluegrass Ball feat. The Travelin’ McCourys will host the evening’s second on-stage collaboration along with Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident and Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band. Joe Purdy will return to Chicago for the first time since a sold-out date at Lincoln Hall to round out the bill with two bands synonymous with the festival itself, The Giving Tree Band and Majors Junction.
Ensuring early ’12 is swarming with the roots music that keeps us warm at night, CBB Fest will return to Congress Theater the following weekend on January 28th for another three-stage foray into sensory overload. Headlining the fest’s conclusion will be today’s unmatched representation of the of old Muscle Shoals country- and-soul sound, the Drive-By Truckers. Providing direct support for DBT will be Dawes, and Chicago’s most celebrated singer-songwriter since John Prine and Steve Goodman, Joe Pug.
Saturday, 1/21/12 – Auditorium Theater - $39.50-$59.50 – 2pm - Midnight
“ Big Mon Jam” feat. the Del McCoury Band & David Grisman + Additional full sets by the Del McCoury Band * David Grisman Quintet *
Joe Purdy * The Bluegrass Ball feat. The Travelin' McCourys with Bill Nershi and Jeff Austin* The Giving Tree Band * Majors Junction * + Chicago's favorite
roots musicians busking throughout the venue & MORE to be announced
1/28/12 – Congress Theater - $35-$45
Drive-By Truckers * Dawes * Joe Pug * + MANY more on 3 stages