You can sign up on the Registration page HERE.
- How do I sign up for classes?
- How long is the camp?
Each camp session is 6 days and 5 nights. It runs from Sunday noon through Friday noon.
There will be one session in 2019 running from Sunday, June 2nd through Friday, June 7th.
- How old do you have to be to attend camp?
Chicago Blues Camp is for musicians 18 years of age and over. Due to Chicago city and state law, those under 21 however may not be able to join us for some of the night time outings to Chicago blues clubs. There will be alternative activities for those who are not attending the blues club outings.
- Do you have to have previous musical experience to attend camp?
The camp is not for people who want to begin to learn an instrument.
You should have an appropriate level of experience and skill to learn or improve on the skills and topics covered in the class that you are signing up for (see class descriptions on the Schedule or Registration pages).
The Intermediate Blues Guitar class is for those who can play guitar and who want to gain an understanding of the Chicago Blues Style and broaden their skill set. Advanced Blues Guitar is for those who are already very capable with their instrument, may have a lot of experience in other styles and want to really advance their abilities and depth of knowledge of the blues, especially the Chicago style blues.
Blues Bass is for all levels of bass players who want to learn more about playing the blues and to improve their techniques and capabilities. Blues Harp is for all levels of harmonica players who want to learn the techniques and styles of Chicago Blues harp playing.
- Is equipment provided? Should I bring my own gear?
Students should bring their own instruments (guitar, bass guitar, full set of diatonic harmonicas). Harp students may wish to bring along their own harp microphones.
Guitar and bass players should also bring an extra set of strings and a guitar cable. Optionally students may bring a small (5-10 watts) practice amplifier if they wish.
There will be a full backline of professional quality equipment provided for the blues jam sessions. There will be a few practice amps, cables and harp microphones in the classes that may be shared.
A full list of what to bring will be sent upon registration.
- Where does the camp take place?
Chicago Blues Camp is held in downtown Chicago. Classes are held at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Accommodations are in Roosevelt University’s new state-of-the art student dormitory, 425 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605.
- Will I have a roommate? Can my spouse stay here with me?
Regular accommodations are in single room dorms with shared bath facilities. Your spouse/partner may stay with you in a double room and eat at the dorm for an additional $500. Your spouse/partner may attend the workshops, lectures, jam sessions, student performance and outings to the blues clubs.
- Will I be able to get autographs and photographs from instructors?
Yes, but always ask first to make sure it is a good time and doesn’t interfere with the presentation or instruction.
- How much does the camp cost?
The 2019 Camp runs 6 days and 5 nights from Sunday noon through Friday noon. The cost is $2,495, all inclusive for the week. The camp fee includes lodging, meals, snacks, group instruction, ensemble instruction, jam sessions, workshops and presentations on Chicago Blues music and history, transportation, evening outings to famous Chicago Blues clubs, a Chicago Blues Camp swag bag and more.
For those wishing to stay over to attend the Chicago Blues Festival, there is an optional add-on package for $450 (included in the camp fee for campers coming from outside of the continental US.)
- If I have questions about the experience, whom can I contact?
- How much time do you actually spend jamming?
That depends somewhat on the individual. There are over 12 hours of jam sessions and 4 hours of performance time scheduled. Part of that time will be spent listening to others play, discussing jam session protocols, etc. Part of that time will be your opportunity to jam with an ensemble. Generally, you will perform two or three songs in each of four jam sessions and a student performance evening. And, there will be plenty of time to jam informally with other students between activities.
- What is your refund policy?
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required with each application. Deposits are applied toward your tuition. Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Tuition balances are due 30 days prior to the start of camp (by the due date on your invoice). You may make payments towards your tuition balance at any time. If the balance is not paid by the due date, you risk losing your deposit and your allotted space in class.
You may not transfer your camp registration to another person under any circumstance. Notification of cancellation must be given in writing (email is acceptable) and received no later than 5 PM the day prior to your balance due date (30 days prior to the beginning of class). If notice of cancellation is received prior to the due date, any tuition payments made in excess of the $500 deposit will be refunded. Refunds will not be given for any reason after the due date (30 days prior to the start of class).
If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.
- Can I give Chicago Blues Camp to a friend or spouse?
Yes, but you must register the person who will be attending and not yourself. Camp registrations may not be transferred to another person under any circumstance. If you need assistance in registering as a gift, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Can I attend but not stay in the dorm? (Locals)
We have an option for locals who don’t want to stay in the dorm that allows you to attend from the beginning of the first class of the day through the end of the last class (approx. 9-5) but not pay for lodging or morning and evening meals. You will still get lunch, lectures and workshops as well as the group classes. You can come back after dinner if you wish to join us for the jam sessions in the early evening. You may also participate in the final Student Performance at a local blues club on Thursday night.
To take this option, just enter “LOCAL” in the discount field to get $750 off the camp fee. You will still need to pay the deposit and register for camp normally. If you have any questions, email us at Info@ChicagoBluesCamp.com.
- Why does it cost so much?
The fee is all inclusive - Lessons, Jams Sessions, Lodging, Meals, Outings Transportation while in camp, and more.
6 days of group lessons on your instrument (22+ hours) taught by famous Chicago Blues performers, 4 days of jam sessions (ensemble playing) 12+ hours), 4 outings to world famous blues clubs, student performance, 6+ hours of workshop/lectures, 5 nights lodging, all meals - breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, and much more. Compare us to other music camps and you will find that on a per day basis it is really reasonable.