"So we too can make creative contributions, even though the door of freedom is not fully opened. We need not wait until oppression ceases before we seek to make creative contribution to our nation’s life." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Bands and DJs

Sweet Home Chicago is the home of the electric blues sound, greats like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, and a thriving and diverse community of modern blues artists. We’ll bring you three nights of live music from top local talent.

Did you know that our DJs spend hours and hours in advance of bluesSHOUT! weekend choosing the perfect songs for competitions? They also are constantly curating their collections of thousands of blues songs in order to choose the perfect blend for the social floor. Our DJ staff is made up of some of the most experienced and knowledge blues music experts in the country. We are so proud of their scholarship and their true love for blues music. Expect to hear old favorites, hidden gems, and new finds! This year, make sure you take a listen before or after songs - our DJs will be sharing what they’re playing and maybe a few interesting tidbits about the music!Check out who will be DJ-ing this year's event.


This year, we really want to focus our competitions on two things: Partnership and Musicality. For this reason, we will only be having Strictly style competitions at the Open and All Star levels. The Newcomer will remain a mix and match style competition, and the solo cuttin' competition will remain the same. Visit the Competitions page to read the updates to competition rules, formats, and more.

The All Star Qualifying Competitor list has been updated for 2019!

Looking for a strictly partner? We can help.  Check out the Strictly partner match sheet on google docs.

Click here to watch the bluesSHOUT! 2018 Competition Videos

***bluesSHOUT! 2018 Winners***

Newcomer MnM
Follow: Gwen Bone
Lead: John Le

Open MnM
1st: Brandy Smith and Alfredo Melendez
2nd: Vicci Moore and Emily Joy Troe
3rd: Olivia Hillmer and Adamo Ciarallo

All Star MnM:
1st: Flouer Evelyn and Damon Stone
2nd: Mike Legenthal and Daniel Repsch
3rd: Jennifer Sowden and Dan Legenthal

Open Strictly:
1st: Vicci Moore and Adamo Ciarallo
2nd: Leia Chang and Sarah Elise
3rd: Riley Karbon and Emily Joy Troe

All Star Strictly:
1st: Mike Legenthal and Damon Stone
2nd: Julie Brown and Timothy O'Neill
3rd: Laura Chieko and Ross Blythe

Solo Cuttin:
Vicci Moore


This year, we asked performance groups to create works that uphold values we believe to come from black culture in blues music and dance. You can read about their pieces on the website, and we are very excited to see them perform!

We have some great performances lined up. Check out the Performances page!