Toronzo Cannon

Growing up in the Chicago’s blues mecca, Theresa’s Lounge, one of the city’s most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby where Toronzo grew up and had a lasting effect on him. As a kid, he would listen to the raw, soulful sounds of legends like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. “It wasn’t just the music that got me, but the effect on the people. I knew right then, that was what I was gonna do.” These experiences led him to pick up his first guitar at age 22 and begin to learn to sing and play the sounds he heard. Inspired by the three Kings (Freddie, B.B. and Albert), a little Hendrix and some 70’s R&B/Soul, Toronzo soon developed his own sound. As they say, cream always rises to the top. Toronzo Cannon has now become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He’s played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest, a band leader or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”

2019 Blues Fest Line-Up

Friday, July 26th

5:00pm Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

7:00pm The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

9:00pm Toronzo Cannon

11:00pm Nikki Hill

Friday Beer Tent Ghost Town Blues Band

Saturday, July 27th

12:30pm Tommy Bentz Band

2:30pm Craig Erickson & The Roadhouse Rockers

4:30pm Sarah Grace & The Soul
(2018 The Voice Finalist)

6:30pm Eliminator (ZZ Top Tribute Band)

8:30pm Eliza Neals

10:30pm Anthony Gomes

Saturday Beer Tent Kris Lager Band

Famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls


At the Prairie Dog Fest, you don't have to get out of your chair for a beer. These friendly, beautiful ladies will fetch 'em for ya!

Past Blues Fest Photos

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All Kinds of Blues!

Sarah Grace - The Voice 2018

A part of the great variety of blues music you will hear at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival.
Eliza Neals - Misery