Chicago, IL—June 9, 2009— Gibson Guitar, the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology announced its sponsorship of the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s music festivals. During three days on six stages, more than 640,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor. Gibson Guitar will be the exclusive guitar sponsor for the festival and the title sponsor of the Crossroads Stage.