|Chicago Blues Camp is an immersive “camp” experience for musicians to learn to play blues in Chicago from leading Chicago blues artists and to experience playing Chicago style blues where it originated. Think “camp” without the bug repellent, sunscreen or flashlight. Instead, grab a cool hat, sunglasses and your favorite guitar, bass or harmonica.
We have classes in blues guitar, bass and harp, as well as lecture/workshops on Chicago blues history and legends, evening jam sessions, outings to famous Chicago blues clubs and the old Chess records studio, and a student performance at the Chicago House of Blues. The camp is held at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with top Chicago blues musicians as instructors, guest artists, and staff. Unlike other workshops or camps, this focuses on the ensemble urban-electric style of blues that developed here in Chicago.
For Chicago Blues Camp attendees, we offer an optional stayover package for the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. Spend the weekend in downtown Chicago, in easy walking distance to the Blues Fest, Buddy Guy’s Legends and many other attractions.