Buy Advanced Tickets for 2017!!

Tickets for the the 8th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park will go on sale in 2017!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thank You for Coming to Our 2016 Festival! We Also Preview Our 2017 Festival!

We had almost 2,500 come out for our event on August 27th!  Advanced ticket sales set all-time records!  We had a fantastic day, great weather, 29 kinds of beer and wine, superb food, fun merchandise vendors and the best music fans in the world!

August 26th 2017 is the date for our 8th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park.  We've begun the process of vetting and hiring bands and have three of the five already hired.  One of the hottest acts in the blues world right now is Corey Dennison. He's got his new debut CD on Delmark Records that is flying off shelves.  Nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award, it is one of  the best CDs of 2016!  Corey is a rising star in the blues world and he has a fantastic band featuring Gerry Hundt on guitar, Nik Skilnik on bass and Joel Baer on drums, they are fantastic!

You can check Corey's website for more information:

Also featured will be the hottest and swinging-est blue band from Wisconsin, The Jimmys!  With band leader Jimmy Voegeli on Hammond Organ/ keys/ vocals, Perry Weber  on guitar/ vocals, John Wartenweiler on electric and upright bass, Mauro Magellan on drums, Darren Sterud on Trombone/Vocals, Pete Ross on Saxaphones and Mike Boman on Trumpet, you can't find a hotter band than these guys.  Well, you can if you add another drummer- none!other than Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos!

For more on the Jimmys go to their website:

Our headliner and other bands will be announced soon!

Also performing with be the winners of our 2016 Crossroads Blues Challenge who will be representing us in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. Dan Phelps will be our Solo/Duo entry and yBblu is our Youth Showcase entry.

Dan Phelps

yBblu is 16 year old Nicholas Dicklin on guitar and vocals, his 14 year old brother Joseph Dicklin on bass and 14 year old Sam Petri on drums.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What you need to know for the 2016 festival...

Rain or shine means just that.  The show must go on!

Lyran Park sits just south of Rockford Airport on the bank of the Kishwaukee River.  Here is a map of the area:

Lyran Park is a beautiful setting.  The stage is on the bank of the Kishwaukee River just before it flows into the Rock River.  The part rolls gently up a nice, slight grass-covered slope.  The park is covered in mature hardwood tree with great shade while not interfering with sight lines.

Here is the layout:

No outside coolers, food or beverages please (dietary restrictions excepted).  Please bring chairs or a blanket.

No pets, please.

Free parking.  Golf carts shuttle from lot to gate to seating area.  Handicap parking along storm fence next to gate.  Shuttles will run all day and night along paved path.  Park immediately and walk to gate

No seating on pavement; dancing only!  No golf carts will be driving on pavement or grass in front of stage while bands are playing.

Camping is $20 per night (Friday and/or Saturday).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 Food and Beverage Choices

Beer and Wine $4
Great Selection!

Water and Pop $1

Food Vendors:
AnJan's Eats
Smokehouse BBQ
Juan's Mexican
Italian Beef and Sausages
Gelato, Ice Cream and Italian Ice

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Where can you get advanced tickets for the Crossroads Blues Festival?

Advanced tickets are only $5 and are available through both Crossroads Blues Society and the Lyran Society.  They can be purchased mail by check; please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with all mail orders.  Mail orders go to Crossroads, Post Office Box 840, Byron, IL 61010.  

Tickets can also be purchased on line with a credit card via PayPal at   

Ticket outlets are in Rockford and the Stateline area.  
Woodmans Supermarket on Perryville Road
Culture Shock and Guzzardos Music, both on Charles Street
Just Goods Store on 7th Street
CD Source on State Street 
Toad Hall on Broadway 

Other locations:  Snyders Drugs (Byron, Oregon, Winnebago)
Value Fresh Market (Byron)
Paradise Guitars and Grand Avenue Pub (Beloit)
Christy’s Bar (Freeport)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One month away! Thanks to our sponsors and many advanced ticket buyers!

300 shirts in black and purple and 30 special first come first served in tie dye!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 Festival Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsorship of the Crossroads Blues Festival helps to defray the the costs of running a great event and helps our 501c3 non-profit to manage our risks. Sponsorship of the festival is tax deductible.

The costs of running an event like this are many.  In addition to the bands and entertainment we have to get insurance and licenses, rent portable restrooms, provide sound and services, print tickets and other materials, and advertise the event. We have worked now for seven years to minimize costs. We work to partner with television and radio to get in-kind services for sponsorship. We run a tight ship but is still costs money to put on an even like this.

Sponsorship is available at several levels:

Festival Sponsor: $5,000. One sponsorship available. Festival name will include sponsor (e.g. “The Acme Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park” or perhaps “Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park brought to you by the Acme Company.” Benefits include logo integrated into festival logo for all uses including the front of the tee shirt, recognition on banner on stage, recognition in final poster, newsletter and other printed materials plus 100 free tickets.

Platinum: $1000 and up.  Benefits include large logo on banner on stage, large logo on tee shirt back, recognition in final poster, newsletter and other printed materials plus 25 free tickets.

Gold: $500 to $999.  Benefits include small logo on banner on stage, logo on tee shirt back, recognition in final poster, newsletter and other printed materials plus 10 free tickets.

Silver: $200 to $499. Benefits include larger name on banner on stage, larger name on tee shirt back, recognition in newsletter and other printed materials plus 4 free tickets.
Bronze: $100 business, $50 individual. Benefits include small name on banner on stage, name on tee shirt back recognition in newsletter and other printed materials plus 2 free tickets.

Gold and above sponsors also get to have a free promotional tent/booth at the festival and may place banners in the park.  All sponsors are also frequently noted on stage after each act. 

Any level of sponsorship can help to make this dream a reality.  In-kind sponsors for services and such are also desired.  We ask that your business consider becoming a sponsor for the 2016 Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park and thank you for your time and consideration!

Steve Jones
Festival Chairperson