Bridges to the Blues



The Bridges to the Blues Program is made possible by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

The Bridges to the Blues Program will:

(1) Enhance your songwriting skills

(2) Strengthen your live performance skills

(3) Grow your understanding of the genre of Blues compared to other genres

(4) Connect you to other musicians who are equally passionate about being artists

By participating in the Bridges to the Blues Program, you will have the opportunity to audition to perform at the Historic Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest Blues Festival.


Before submitting your application, please be sure you are available to participate in the program on the following dates.

All program meetings except for the final showcase will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 11 am - 3 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Blues Fest Showcase at Millennium Park

Note: Dates are subject to change.


All applications are due on or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. You can apply as an individual or as a representative of a band (bands must include at least one musician who plays an instrument).