2022 Festival is in full planning!

The 2022 Festival with Women of the Blues looks to be our best yet!

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!

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 http://www.crossroadsbluesfestival.com.   

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