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David Grisman Quintet and Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival

By Mandolin Cafe
October 6, 2008 - 6:30 pm

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David Grisman Quintet to headline inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival

David Grisman Quintet to headline inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival

Chicago, Ill. — The Congress Theater, in conjunction with KingTello Presents, is proud to announce the inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival with headliner David Grisman and the David Grisman Quintet on Saturday, November 22, 2008 from noon to 11:00 p.m.

While rooted in the foot-stomping influences of bluegrass and blues, the Festival will transport the concertgoer through the genre-defying evolution of music today. The one-day event will serve as a tribute to two schools of music that continue to shape and inspire contemporary rock, jamband, funk, folk, roots, Americana, and indie cultures.

Against the backdrop of an official Chicago landmark and one of the last of the classic "movie palaces," fans will be treated to a party with a purpose, featuring 2 stages and 16 bands for less than the typical price of the headliners alone.

Longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman and his David Grisman Quintet will be sharing the headlining duties with surging festival sensations The Avett Brothers.

Tickets for the festival go on sale on at an early-bird price of $31 this week through the event's website. A portion of each $31 ticket will be donated to the Saving Tiny Hearts Society, a non-profit organization that raises money for grossly under-funded, crucial, life-saving research of congenital heart defects (CHD), America's #1 birth defect.

An opening spot on the main stage will feature the winner of "LAST BANJO STANDING," an online contest that will scour Chicagoland to find the top bluegrass/blues artist.

Click red map pin for driving directions to Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, The Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

About KingTello Presents:

KingTello Presents is a recently formed alliance of independent Chicago producers and promoters aimed at revitalizing the city's long-standing tradition of independent event production. Working in collaboration with the Congress Theater, KingTello Presents will fight on behalf of independent promoters large and small as long as corporate conglomerates threaten to monopolize a live music landscape rich in tradition and variety. KingTello Presents will represent the voice of choice.

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