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Joliet Blues Festival Line up Announcement

August 10, 2019

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Chicago,Illinois (PR MediaRelease) May 1, 2019


The second annual Joliet Blues festival will be held this year at Joliet’s beautiful Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, located on the west side of the Des Plaines river on August 10, 2019. The park will open at 3:00 p.m., the first act begins at 4:00 p.m., and the performances will conclude by 10:00 p.m.

“The quality of the music at last year’s event, and the positive feedback we received from everyone was wonderful. We are excited to offer another great line-up of blues entertainers for our guests in 2019” said the park’s Director of Development Debbie Greene.

Blues fans are encouraged to visit the festival website at for festival information and to purchase tickets at the bargain price of $10 per person if purchased in advance at or on our Facebook page.

“We have done everything we can to keep the ticket prices down so people can also enjoy the food trucks, BBQ sandwiches at our concessions stand, and of course, a cold beverage or two,” said Mrs. Greene. “There will be plenty of free parking immediately south of the park, and we encourage our guests to bring their lawn chairs.”

2019 Line Up

Guy King: Headliner Guy King’s music is fresh and unique, while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blends of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world. King performs 200+ shows a year all over the world.
Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s:  They mix classic Chicago Blues with big band Swing and a heavy dose of 1950’s early Rock N’ Roll. The band is influenced by the best in blues history — Muddy Waters, Little Walter, legendary band leader Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all the Chicago greats.
•Joel Paterson and Oscar Wilson:  The Joel Paterson Band will perform with legendary Chicago blues singer Oscar Wilson paying tribute to B.B. King, Percy Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jimmy Reed, and Ray Charles. Their shared love for country blues is a real treat for blues loves, lovers and they have traveled extensively performing to enthusiastic crowds.
• Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello:  Our opening act Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist who has a passion for playing traditional country and Delta Blues in addition to contemporary and original blues, and is inspired by Son House, Johnny Winter, Lucinda Williams, Bessie Smith and Rory Block. Donna and her husband Tony Nardiello are regular performers at local libraries, art shows, and music festivals, showcasing their incredible skill and talent in their authentic and entertaining presentations of country blues.

Proceeds from the event go to the Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park Corporation a 501c3 that supports the theater and its programs.

To become a sponsor for the Joliet Blues Festival, please contact Debbie Greene at the park at 815-724-3762 or visit the festival website at


Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park is a scenic 10 acre Park that sits between Cass and Jefferson streets along the river in downtown Joliet, Illinois. The park was created and built as a commemorative project for the Bicentennial of the United States of America. Once built, it was deeded to the City of Joliet. It is now Co-managed by the Will- Joliet Bicentennial Corporation ( the 501 (c) (3) organization that raises funds for the park) and the City of Joliet. It is the only park owned and operated in the City of Joliet that is not a Joliet Park District facility.
The Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park Inc.’s mission is to provide an inexpensive and highly accessible forum for the enjoyment of and participation in the performing and fine arts without regard to the race, religion, ability, or creed of the performers or audience and desires to continue to make the fine and performing arts available inexpensively to the community. The Board of Directors of the Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park, Inc. is desirous of providing a regular source of funds which can be utilized for the promotion of the fine and performing arts and the recognition of the diverse cultural heritage of the region.

Debbie Greene
Will-Joliet Bicentennial Park Inc. 501 (c) 3
Director of Development

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