Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival

After four years, the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is making a jump. While the fest began and was anchored at the Congress Theater, it's moved for one day to the Auditorium Theatre.
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Festival organizer Michael Raspatello said the Auditorium changes the entire spectrum of the two-weekend festival.
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"In the past we have had to marry the style of the music to the Congress, which is not a fancy place -- there are not seats, it's a younger crowd that goes there," explains Raspatello. "In moving to a seated venue, we can bring in an older audience and offer some more traditional acts. This allows us to pay homage to the roots of bluegrass."
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2 p.m. Saturday; noon Jan. 28 at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; Congress Theatre, 2135 N Milwaukee Ave.; Varies by event (all-ages); cbbfestival.com</b><br><br>Read the full <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-0120-bluegrass-festival-local-sounds-20120119,0,6806328.story>Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival preview</a>
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After four years, the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is making a jump. While the fest began and was anchored at the Congress Theater, it's moved for one day to the Auditorium Theatre.

Festival organizer Michael Raspatello said the Auditorium changes the entire spectrum of the two-weekend festival.

"In the past we have had to marry the style of the music to the Congress, which is not a fancy place -- there are not seats, it's a younger crowd that goes there," explains Raspatello. "In moving to a seated venue, we can bring in an older audience and offer some more traditional acts. This allows us to pay homage to the roots of bluegrass."

2 p.m. Saturday; noon Jan. 28 at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; Congress Theatre, 2135 N Milwaukee Ave.; Varies by event (all-ages); cbbfestival.com

Read the full Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival preview

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