Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival Providing Bunny Costumes, Banjoes, Bad Jokes, and Balcony Performances

Ten New Reasons to Take Notice of the Inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival.

Chicago, IL, November 14, 2008 --( Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival organizers would like to call attention to ten ways their bringing the once-incomparable summer music festival spirit indoors for the harsh Chicago winter at half the price:

1. Squeeze-Bot, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Off-the-Wagon Bluegrass Band have all been added to the 2009 festival lineup due to their great efforts in this year’s Last Banjo Standing Contest.

2. There will be in-balcony performances by Chicago bluegrass bands The Giving Tree Band and Tangleweed. When the curtain goes down on the big stage at the end of each set, the spotlight goes up on the balcony. The music will literally never stop.

3. Attention Musicians: Bring your instruments and join in on the continuous pickin’ circle. All are welcome to join in with whatever they're hittin’ or strummin’. These jam circles will pop up throughout the lobby in between sets on the Pavilion Stage (

4. There’ll be a smoking lounge that does not require one to leave the building. Unbelievable due to Chicago's tricky smoking ban, yes, but awesome and necessary in the brutal Chicago winter.

5. Live art exhibits, merch & food vendors, and causes throughout the theater. Artists will be performing their respective crafts while selling their goods to help raise money for charity. No art form is too obscure, so be ready for some heady sensory input.

6. Improv comedy performances from Second City’s “Cell Camp” ( also in-between sets on the main stage. When the balcony bluegrass subsides, festivalgoers are encouraged to focus their attention back on the stage for this troupe of heathens.

7. Door Open at 11am, and music will push on until midnight. Re-entry (going outside and coming back in) is allowed until 5pm, after which fans have to stay inside rather than cutting out to get high in their car every five minutes.

8. There’ll be some costume-clad marching bands parading through the event at opportune times. Festival organizers expect this to be as cool as that Nick Cannon movie that came out years back.

9. There’ll be an after-party at the one and only ELBO ROOM, with free admission for those with a festival ticket-stub. The music at the after party will go until 3am and performers will be from the festival lineup and be announced at the show throughout the day.

10. Festival organizers would like fans to pay special attention to the amazing work of the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (, who will be holding an auction for rockstar-related goods throughout the event.

About The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival:

On November 22nd, 2008, the Congress Theater will host the inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival ( While rooted in the foot-stomping influences of bluegrass and blues, the festival will transport the concertgoer through the genre-defying evolution of music today. The one-day event will serve as a tribute to two schools of music that continue to shape and inspire contemporary rock, jamband, funk, folk, roots, Americana, and indie cultures, while allowing festivalgoers to save a heart. A portion of each $31 ticket will be donated to the Saving tiny Hearts Society (, an non-profit organization that raises money for America’s #1 birth defect, congenital heart defects (CHD)

Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest
Michael Raspatello