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Bunny Costumes, Banjos, Bad Jokes and Balcony Performances
Bunny Costumes, Banjos, Bad Jokes and Balcony Performances
Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival  12/4/2009

10/24/2009- Chicago, IL. The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival wants you to like it, and not just for the fact that Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dr. Dog, Drew Emmitt, and Billy Nershi will be there. It also wants you to believe it when it claims to be everything you love about summer music festivals (and more) inside for the Chicago winter. So, if the pictures arenít enough for you to believe theyíre for serious (, digest these 10 nuggets of truth:

1. All children 12 years and under will be admitted to the festival free of charge. Not only does the CBB Festival help children by donating to both the Saving Tiny Hearts Society and Prevent Child Abuse America, we treat them to free music as well. Thatís one less excuse for you concert-hungry caregivers.

2. Pickiní and Playiní from above. When the curtain goes down on the big stage at the end of each set, the spotlight goes up on the balcony. Check out Van Ghost, Tangleweed, Majors Junction, and Environmental Encroachment from the Congressí main stage balcony.

3. Re-Entry Like Youíve Never Seen it Before: Why, yes, you can come and go freely to and from the theater until 6pm. AFTER 6PM YOU CAN STILL ARRIVE. All that this means is that once youíve left the building after 6pm, you canít come back in. As in, if you leave at 5:59 you can still get stamped and come back any time throughout the night. However a minute later that would not be an option.

4. Two Things Everyone Should Bring: A Chair & An Instarument. It's a long day, so bring your camping chairs or lawn chairs or couches to pop a squat on when your dogs are barkin', and there'll be an open jam session and picking circle from the second the doors open. Musicians are all invited to bring their instruments and participate. Thereíll be an "instrument check" along with the coat check so that you donít have to lug your noisemaker around with you all day.

5. You can smoke. Indoors, Sorta. Thereíll be a smoking lounge that does not require you to leave the building. Itís covered and at least 75% indoors. See what weíve done here? A huge favor for you, and a huge necessity in making this as close to the true summer festivals we all know and love. Tricky, yes, but awesome and necessary in the harsh Chicago winter.

6. Never Ending Distractions. Live art exhibits, merchandise, food vendors, and causes everywhere you look. 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. Costumed marching bands and improv MCs with parrots and go-karts. Hula hooping hippie kids and old country couples dancing side by side.

See you there.

About the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival:

The Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival is a one-day festival celebrating our cityís unprecedented appreciation of roots music and culture. Hosted by the legendary Congress Theatre, Kingtello, React Presents, a bevy of homegrown talent will unite with some of contemporary musicís most accomplished and influential artists for a day of collaboration and cause. 12 hours, 25 bands, for only $35. And all in the name of a just cause and a plethora of musical styles that have evolved from the Bluegrass and Blues traditions that started it all. Aiming to help eradicate child abuse and congenital heart defects in children, a portion of the eventís proceeds will contribute to the research efforts of the Chicago-based Saving Tiny Hearts Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse in America.

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