Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Born in Chicago in 1955, Lil’ Ed Williams, although small in stature, is a true giant of the blues. He is among the last legitimate West Side Chicago buesmen and a direct link to authentic pure Chicago blues. From smoking slide guitar boogies to raw-boned Chicago shuffles to the deepest slow blues, Lil’ Ed Williams is a master bluesman. A gifted guitarist and a remarkably gritty and soulful vocalist, Lil’ Ed along with his road-tested band, The Blues Imperials, has been tearing up clubs and festival stages all over the world for almost 25 years. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers has a Chicago blues band made such a consistently joyous rollicking noise. Between the band’s wonderfully untamed music and Ed’s flying leaps, his back-bending, his toe-walking through the audience and his sliding across the stage on his knees, it’s no wonder The Boston Globe called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials “the world’s #1 houserocking band.” The band won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band of the Year in both 2007 and 2009 and also took home Best Live Band in the 2011, 2012 & 2013 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. Blues Revue said, “Listen and hear how great a blues player can make a guitar weep… Lil’ Ed is a blues master at the top of his game.”

2022 Blues Fest Line-Up

Thursday, July 28th

PDBF Kick-Off Party
New This Year - Free Admission
6:30pm The Ghost Town Blues Band

Friday, July 29th

5:00pm Katie Henry

7:00pm Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama

9:00pm Joanna Connor

11:00pm The Steepwater Band

Friday Beer Tent Left Wing Bourbon

Saturday, July 30st

12:30pm Mama’s Worry

2:30pm Avey Grouws

4:30pm Eddie Turner

6:30pm Veronica Lewis

8:30pm Gabe Stillman

10:30pm Caleb Johnson (Winner of American Idol)

Saturday Beer Tent Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers

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!

All Kinds of Blues!

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

Caleb Johnson - Dream On [American Idol] Joanna Connor Band - Walkin' Blues Gabe Stillman Band - Crawling King Snake
Veronica Lewis - You Ain't Unlucky Katie Henry - On My Way