Chicago Blues Experience – Where the blues lives

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Chicago is the birthplace of modern blues, a pure American art form that has had a profound influence on nearly every style of music that followed. This music could have been forged only in Chicago: when the Great Migration brought Delta blues to the city, it was amplified to reflect the energy and struggle of an urban audience. The Chicago Blues Experience celebrates the pioneering artists as well as the generations of musicians who have been influenced by the blues and continue to carry on its traditions.

The Chicago Blues Experience will be a world-class cultural attraction for the City of Chicago. The Museum will feature state-of-the-art interactive technology that takes visitors on an eye-opening, immersive journey into the past, present, and future of the blues. Exhibitions, memorabilia, a live music venue, and restaurants will reinforce the history and culture from which the blues emerged.

Through community outreach efforts, the Chicago Blues Experience Foundation will help play a vital role in providing positive experiences for youth through music education and immersion, creating sustainable and enriching activities for young people. The Foundation’s overall objective is to use the Blues and all popular music genres as an educational gateway to ins​pire and cultivate creativity, critical thinking and self-expression.

The Chicago Blues Experience Artist Board is composed of members who have made profound contributions to the development, promotion, and preservation of blues music and culture. The Artist Board members span cultures and generations, reinforcing the universal appeal and relevance of the blues. Through their efforts, the Chicago Blues Experience will ensure that the blues remains a vital art form for generations to come.

Buddy Guy, Chairman

Billy Boy Arnold

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Elvin Bishop

Jerry Butler

Billy Branch

Gary Clark Jr.

Shemekia Copeland

Robert Cray

Dietra Farr

Barry Goldberg

B.B. King

Taj Mahal

Keb Mo

David Murray

Aaron Neville

James Newton

John Primer

The Rolling Stones

– Mick Jagger

– Keith Richards

– Charlie Watts

– Ron Wood

Corky Seigel

Mavis Staples

Susan Tedeschi

Derek Trucks

James “Blood” Ulmer

The Chicago Blues Experience will augment these members with other distinctive artists who have demonstrated their commitment and interest in keeping the blues alive. Be sure to check in regularly for announcements on new members.


Chicago Blues Experience

600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611



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