Session 1, Mon-Fri, June 5-9, 2017


At Chicago Blues Camp, we take advantage of every Blues musician, club, and festival this city has to offer to provide the ultimate authentic Blues experience – Chicago style. There will be no shortage of learning and jamming throughout your five days of pure electric, urban Chicago Blues.

Taught by Chicago Blues professionals, our course offerings in guitar, bass and “harp” will teach you the classic Blues styles of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Little Walter as well as contemporary developments by today’s artists. Whether the Blues is in your blood or you’re looking to join the scene for the first time, you’ll fit right in. All skill sets are welcome.

Each weeklong session will include:

  • 30 hours of group instruction
  • 10 hours of jam sessions (ensemble)
  • 8 hours of presentations on blues history culture and development
  • 9 hours of outings to famous Chicago blues Clubs
  • Learning 12+ classic Chicago blues songs

The ability to improvise and adapt to playing with other musicians is vital to learning the Chicago Blues. There are specific protocols and dynamics in jamming that every Blues performer should learn.

Chicago Blues Camp instructors (who are all working Chicago Blues musicians) will teach you everything you need to know to jump into a jam with confidence. Then we’ll go out on the town together to see the Blues played live. Studded with world-famous Blues clubs, the Chicago Blues scene has it all. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, we’ll go to these clubs to see for ourselves what Chicago Blues is all about. On Thursday night, students will play where the legends once stood, showing off what they’ve learned at a live show that will be professionally recorded and videotaped.