Thanks to all the amazing musicians, our sponsors and all of you for making our 27th year amazing the best yet! We can’t wait to see you on the Peoria Riverfront on Labor Day Weekend in 2016.



Three stages of entertainment featuring
Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and more!

Plus Musician Workshops , Blues Alley featuring artists & merchandise vendors, Blues Foods from BBQ & Cajun to hamburgers, hotdogs, Brats & Beers!

Buy in advance and save some money! 2-day tickets are just $40 in advance!  1-day tickets are only $25 in advance! That's a lot of blues for just a few dollars.


Can't wait to see you all at the 27th annual Illinois Blues Festival September 4 & 5, 2015. Featuring great blues entertainment on three stages on the beautiful Peoria Riverfront! Considered one of the top blues festivals in the Midwest, the Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival comprises two days of internationally known Blues artists and workshops and is produced by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment,, with proceeds going to the Illinois Blues Coalition.


The Illinois Blues Festival is the official host for the "ROAD TO MEMPHIS" which is the official competition leading to the Blues Foundation's world famous INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE. Sponsored by the River City Blues Society, this is an opportunity for unsigned Illinois bands to compete for entry into the IBC with expenses paid by the River City Blues Society with help from a funding grant from the Illinois Blues Coalition. You'll be able to see all these bands and more compete at the 2014 Budwesier Illinois Blues Festival.

The Illinois Blues Coalition supports Blues Societies, Blues Music Entertainers and Blues Music Education by offering grants and scholarships to help fund projects which preserve and promote the history and future of blues music. The objective of the Illinois Blues Coalition is to promote the art form of blues-related music by performance, by interpretation, by preservation and by enhancement of appreciation through knowledge and education.


A popular addition to our festival is "Blues Lessons" featuring musician workshops and history of the blues educational seminars. Peoria has a long blues tradition and has always been a major influence in blues music. It began in the days when the blues masters would travel from Chicago, floating down the Illinois River to St. Louis, and then on to New Orleans. Peoria was, and still is, the place to stop! Even the blues men and women knew the famous cliche, Will It Play In Peoria??

The setting:
The beautiful Peoria Riverfront, Peoria Illinois! Be there!

An event produced by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment in conjunction with the Illinois Blues Coalition


One of the new and exciting new features this year is in our Food Alley.  Since our 24th annual  Illinois Budweiser Blues Festival has been held every year right next to  the Illinois river we felt what a better to celebrate but with the Great  American Fish Fry; Blues Style! We will be adding our Fish Fry, with some of  the great traditional fish fry dishes; Fish Tacos, Walleye and of course the staple of a great Fish Fry, Fish N' Chips. Come on down and enjoy our new Fish Fry, we'll supply the Tarter sauce!

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