Welcome to the Capital Area Blues Society


The 2022 CABS Blues Brawl is:

Sunday, October 9, 2022

The winning band and solo / duo act will represent CABS at the 2023 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN on Jan 24-28, 2023

To enter the Brawl, see the webpage HERE.

Big B and the Actual Proof

Big B and the Actual Proof, 2021 CABS Blues Brawl band winners, are an inspired fusion of modern blues, roots music and psychedelic rock. Their original music features daring arrangements fueled by powerful, emotional guitar, clear, convincing vocals and a rhythm section that booms, rattles and shakes. Imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan covering Nick Cave, the Stray Cats doing Tom Waits, or Pink Floyd playing Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

Hilger Devos

Steve Hilger and Dave DeVos, 2021 CABS Blues Brawl Duo winners, have been playing blues together for 15 years beginning with The Steve Hilger Band and also as a duo: Hilger & Devos. They were IBC semi-finalists in 2018

Capital Area Blues Society exists for the preservation of, promotion of, and education about, the uniquely American music called the Blues.

Join the Capital Area Blues Society today and help keep the blues alive in mid-Michigan.

The Capital Area Blues Society was founded July 1995 in Lansing, Michigan

Music Calendar

Find great blues concerts coming up in the Lansing area and more.


Join CABS and help keep the blues alive in mid-Michigan.


Hello from your Capital Area Blues Society. All if us here hope you are healthy, safe, and staying sane with a lot of on line blues music watching and listening. The pandemic has changed a few things at CABS. This includes: Our Blues Brawl is indefinitely postponed....

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CABS Announces Limited Edition T-Shirt Design

CABS is proud and excited to announce that Dennis Preston, Lansing's premier illustrator, designer, and long time Blues & Jazz Fest Poster artist, has designed us a special T Shirt Logo.  This logo will be available on limited edition T-Shirts.  Be sure...

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