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Just in Time for Mardi Gras! Zydeco on the Menu for

25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

June 5-8, 2008

No need to wear a costume to the 25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, but Saturday night’s lineup on June 7 will be hot, spicy and festive. Blues fans will get the royal treatment with more headliners fit for a King but available to everyone.

Chicago Blues Festival’s third night will be majestic with Saturday night headliners Buckwheat Zydeco and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials.

The King of Zydeco, Buckwheat Zydeco, (born Stanley Dural Jr.) is a master accordionist and zydeco performer, who pioneered the music form into mainstream success. Several of his songs have been nominated for Grammy® Awards, and at age 60, he continues to record, with his latest album titled Jackpot! It’s his first studio recording in more than 11 years.

Energetic local band, Lil’ Ed and the Imperials, know how to entertain and have fun. An authentic West Side bluesman, Lil’ Ed (Williams) is a gifted guitarist, soulful vocalist, and master entertainer. Lil’ Ed and the Imperials, under Alligator Records, received three nominations for the 2007 Blues Music Awards, and won Band of the Year. Expect to see Lil’ Ed perform some flying leaps, toe-walking and slides across the stage on his knees!

Buckwheat Zydeco and Lil’ Ed and the Imperials join a list of headliners that includes already released names Koko Taylor, Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater, James Cotton and Johnny Winter.

The Chicago Blues Festival has grown tremendously in its twenty-five years and now features more than ninety performances on six stages and extended hours of 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chicago Blues Festival is known world-wide as one of the biggest and best Blues events on the planet, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to Grant Park, year after year.

Chicago Blues Festival is sponsored by 93XRT, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Communications Direct, Dominick’s, Gibson Guitar, Hinckley Springs, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Pepsi-Cola, U.S. Cellular, WGN-Television and more generous sponsors to be announced. For more information, visit or call 312/744-3315. For hotel information, visit

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