A festival devoted to Americana music? In the middle of January? Only in Chicago. The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival returns this week for its fifth birthday. Once housed within the now all but shuttered Congress Theatre, the fest faces a new format this year without sacrificing any talent.
Much like Tomorrow Never Knows or Riot Fest's original form, this year CBB will take place over three weeks at multiple venues, namely Concord Music Hall, City Winery, SPACE (in Evanston) and The Tonic Room.