2018 Tickets

Tickets for 2018 are available!

By mail send $5 per ticket and a SASE to:

Crossroads Blues Festival
P.O. Box 840
Byron, IL 61010

or click here to buy online:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Festival Lineup Set, Lonnie's Carpet Max and Stone Crafters Are On Board as Fest Sponsors!

The lineup for the 2018 Crossroads Blues Festival has taken shape and it's finally official! We are excited to announce that our two headlining acts will be Toronzo Cannon and The Monster Mike Welch/Mike Ledbetter Band. Each band features a slightly different style of blues and an outstanding guitar player. We are calling this year’s event Guitarzapalooza and this is all brought to you by Lonnie's Carpet Max and Lonnie's Stone Crafters!

Toronzo Cannon is the hottest Chicago Blues act out there. His latest CD on Alligator Records The Chicago Way helped him garner four Blues Music Award nominations. His act features great original songs with timely lyrics delivered by a superb vocalist and guitar player. Toronzo has appeared twice in Rockford over the years and we are glad he is coming to play at our Festival!  His latest show at the Hope and Anchor in Loves Park was a huge hit and showcased a night of mostly original tunes that had the big crowd on their feet and dancing!

Monster Mike Welch hails from Boston, Massachusetts and has garnered accolades for his work with Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones along with his solo work and work in support of Anthony Geraci and other bands. He is regarded as one of the blues world’s premier guitar wizards. His album with Chicago area native Mike Ledbetter has placed their act in huge demand in the US and abroad. Mike Ledbetter is an operatically trained vocalist who returned to his blues roots. After spending a few years recording with and touring with the Nick Moss Band, he is out with Mike Welch delivering amazing performances showcasing his amazing voice. He also is a damn good guitar player. We really are looking forward to their first show together in Rockford.

Opening the day will be New York City blues rocker Dave Fields. Dave and his band have been a vital part of our blues in the schools program for several years. They come out twice a year to put on school programs for us and schools have asked for him to come back for more programs. He also appears regularly for us in the evening at venues like the Lyran Society and the Hope and Anchor. His music spans the blues, rock, jazz and other genres and is a lot of fun!

After Dave we have Kilborn Alley coming to the big stage. Based in Champagne, guitar players Andrew Duncanson and Josh Stimmel offer two different styles of guitar work. Andrew is also the vocalist and delivers soulful and gritty performances. Their recent Tolono Tapes CD garnered lots of interest during awards season. Their 2017 show at Sinnissippi Park was highly regarded and we are happy to have them back!

Florida’s Lauren Mitchell brings her powerful voice to our stage in the next time slot. This will be Lauren’s first visit to Rockford. She has played at Buddy Guy’s Legends and in nearby Bellvue, Iowa to rave reviews. Her soul blues album Desire was well regarded and got lots orlf airplay. Touring with Lauren is Chicago’s Joe Moss, the great guitar player and singer. It should be one heck of a great show.

Between acts will be our IBC entry youth act Riding Atlas and our IBC solo entry Warren Beck. Riding Atlas is the new name for yBblu, the great band from Galena. Featuring the Dicklin brothers Nicolas and Joseph on guitar and bass and Sam Petri on drums, they are a rocking good time. Warren is a fantastic singer and piano player who hails from Lake Forest, Illinois. His rollicking, barrelhouse style will delight our attendees. Joe Filisko will also return for a harmonica workshop. This will be his sixth workshop in none festivals and we are always excited to have him back. This Joliet based harp player and tinkerer is a superb artist and teacher. We will also feature a guitar workshop with Wheatbread Johnson, a great local talent who teaches guitar at Rock Valley College and who is getting ready to release a brand-new CD. Wheatbread has also been added to our great group of Blues in the Schools musicians who support our program.

Once again advanced tickets will be only $5. Tickets at the gate remain $10, beers are still $4 and pop and water only $1. We have also added wood fired pizza to the BBQ and other great foods offered. Great music, beverages and food for a reasonable price- what a great day it will be!

Our ninth annual event returns to the beautiful Lyran Park in Rockford on South Bend Road, near the Rockford Airport. We adding lighting to the parking lot to facilitate exit at night and golf cart service for handicapped and elderly will be expanded to go up and down the hill. If you have a large group you are welcome to bring a small pop up tent and put it near the hilltop or to the right of the stage near the river and woods. Call 779-537-4006 or email sub_insignia@yahoo.com for more information. Our festival website is www.CrossroadsBluesFestival .com and Society website ishttp://crossroadsbluessociet y.com/.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 Festival Was Our Best Yet!

Ticket sales topped all other years and attendance was the best yet!  The crowd was into the bands, beer and food!  Thanks to all who came out to support the blues and live music! It was a great time and we'll continue to try to make it better and better every year!

Here are some great photos by Rick Davis, Crossroads Board Member!

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Blues Blast Music Award Winner Announcements and More!

At 3:40 PM, 5:40 PM and 7:40 PM, the 2017 Blues Blast Music Award winners will be announced at our festival on the main stage!  Here are the nominees: 2017 BBMAs

Bob Kieser, editor and owner of Blues Blast Magazine, will be there and the awards will be announced by Bob, Steve Jones (Crossroads President, Blues Blast writer), Mark Thompson (Sun Coast President, Blues Blast writer, Blues Foundation Board), Linda Cain (Chicago Blues Guide) and Amy Brat (Brat Girl Media).

The date and location for the 2018 BBMA Award Show will also be announced.  I think area residents will be very excited to hear about this!

One last major announcement will be a new scholarship that Crossroads will be awarding each year beginning at the end of the 2017/2018 School Year!  This will be done at 3:30 PM on the Main Stage.

2017 Festival Info

Rain or shine means just that.  The show must go on! The weatehr reports is looking fine!!!

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. Service animals are allowed.

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).

Food Vendors:
AnJans Eats
Smokehouse BBQ
Maria's Tacos
Gala Snacks
Frank Ridings Italian Beek, Sausgae and Pizza
Gelato and Italian Ice
Funnel Cakes

Merchandise Vendors:
Wild Bill's
Culture Shock
Kathy's Purses
Essential Oils  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 Blues Festival WIFR Channel 23 Promo Video

Watch for us on Rockford's CBS Affiliate WIFR Channel 23 and their subsidiary channels!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 Festival Information

Tickets are on sale and they are flying out!  Get yours today!  Tickets available here on line or at:

Woodman’s Market, Perryville Road
Culture Shock, Charles St
Guzzardo Music, Charles Street
Smokehouse BBQ ,South Main Street
CD Source, State Street
Just Goods, 7th Street
Toad Hall Records, Broadway
Lyran Society, 4th Avenue

Loves Park:
Hope and Anchor English Pub, N 2nd St

Snyder’s Pharmacy

Snyder’s Pharmacy
Felker’s Values Fresh Market

Snyder’s Pharmacy

New Milford:
Lazy Bonz Liquor

Tony's Oyster Bar
Logan's Bar and Grill

Grand Avenue Pub

Mail order with SASE to:
Crossroads Blues Festival
PO Box 840
Byron, IL 61010
Mail orders must be received by August 12th.

This year's fest features 30 types of beer plus 3 types of wine!  Any or all for $4 each!

Thanks to all our sponsors!  welcome to Lonnie's Carpet Max and Lonnie's Stonecrafters, our newest Platinum Sponsors!

· Camping is $20 per night
· You can camp one or two days (Friday and Saturday)
· Camp sites are primitive; no water or electric
· Portable restroom available, no showers/sinks
· Same fee for tents, pop ups, trailers and RVs

Festival Area
· No coolers, alcohol, food or beverages go into the festival area except for special dietary needs issues (illness, medical, infants, etc.)
· Pop up tents are allowed at the top of the hill or by the river to the far right of the stage; we do not want to block site lines
· The paved street in front of the stage is for dancing; no seating at any time and no golf carts while bands are playing
· Beer and wine sales by ticket only, $4 per ticket and one ticket per beer or wine (33 varieties)
· Pop and water $1, cash only
· Food is available from food vendors at a fair and nominal charge; cash and credit cards if vendor accepts credit
· ATM available at Gate and in Pavilion/Blues Central
· Merchandise available in Pavilion and from vendors
· Festival Tee Shirts
· Regular Tee shirts $15 each, $20 for plus sizes; $5 off two shirts
· Tie dyed tee shirts $20 each, $25 for plus sizes; $5 of two shirts
· Can mix and match type of shirt for two shirt discount
· No pets allowed in the festival area or at campsites; restricted by our insurance (sorry!)
· Service animals are allowed

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 got our lineup set and it's another year with a fantastic variety of styles and sounds that will appeal to a broad blues music demographic!

Opening the day is the hot young act from north of Chicago- the Ivy Ford Band. Ivy is taking the blues world by storm and we look forward to her opening our fest!  She goes on at Noon.

You can check out Ivy at: http://www.ivyfordmusic.com/

At 2 PM we have 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: http://www.coreydennison.com/

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! The Jimmys go on at 4 PM.

For more on the Jimmys go to their website: http://www.thejimmys.net/

At 6 PM will be none other than the fantastic Kinsey Report!  The Kinsey Report Line- Up is Ralph Kinsey on Drums and Vocals, Donald Kinsey on Vocals and Guitar, Ken Kinsey on Bass and Vocals and Andy Ogrodzinski on Guitar.  The borthers and Andy are keeping the great music of the blues alive with the band that their Dad started when they were young lads. It's always a great show with the Kinseys- we are looking forward to their return to Rockford!

You can see and hear more about the Kinseys at: http://www.kinseyreportband.com/

Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark. Doug has spent much of the following years touring and recording with top blues artists, including Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, legendary Louisiana swamp bluesman Lazy Lester, Texas' Gary Primich, Chicago greats Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones and A.C. Reed, as well as Detroit’s own Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams. Leading his band The Jewel Tones, Doug continues to bring noteworthy traditional and original roots music to his audiences.  Doug will have a special guest with him- stay tuned to find out who it will be!

More about Doug and the band at: http://www.dougdeming.com/

Also performing with be a youth act Brutal Wedgie and Dan Phelps, the winner of our 2016 Crossroads Blues Solo/Duo Challenge who will be representing us in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.

Dan Phelps

Brutal Wedgie

Our youth act Brutal Wedgie goes on at 130 PM in the Pavilion.  Also in the pavilion, at 330 PM we once again have the great Joe Filisko coming to do our harmonica workshop.  At 530 PM we have Paul Kaye coming from the Old Towne School of Music to do a guitar workshop.  At 730 PM, Dan Phelps will be playing for us and will have some Hard Times Cigar Box Guitars to demo for us, too!

Joe Filisko                                  Paul Kaye

2017 is going to give us another great festival!  Stay tuned for more updates!