Monday, December 8, 2014

Field of Blues Festrival Cancelled for 2015

The Board of Directors of Crossroads Blues Society has decided that the Field of Blues Festival will not be held in June 2015.  While the festival was a great event, attendance both years was right at 600 people.  That level of support does not allow the festival to be a financial success.  We broke even both years, which in itself is a huge positive, but with another festival to run two months later and all the nearby competing blues events in June (Chicago Blues Fest, Blues on the Fox, Madison Blues Picnic, Champaign Blues Festival and then the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on or before 4th of July weekend each year we feel that adding another event in the mix of that is just too much.

Focusing our efforts on the Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park and eventually expanding that event is a far better use of our time and efforts.  The weekend before Labor Day has little local competition in blues events and festivals in general (although there is always something else going on), so we are going to stick with that at the great facility we have available to us in Lyran Park.


We are exploring other sorts of outdoor evens on a smaller scale, but those are still in the early planning stages.  We thank our attendees, artists, sponsors and the Rockford Aviators for making the 2013 and 2014 Field of Blues Festivals such fun events!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Pictures from June 28, 2014!

Alex Wilson Band on Stage


Dan Phelps between sets


Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points


The Jimmys


Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones


John Nemeth


More pictures at: 
Photo Album

Friday, June 27, 2014

Welcome to the Second Annual Field of Blues Festival

We thank you for attending oursecond annual event!

Aviators Stadium is actually located in Loves Park, right on the Rockford border.  It is right off of Riverside Blvd and Riverside Blvd is one of the Rockford exits on I-90/I-39.  Coming from the south and east on I-90 or I-39, it is the third Rockford exit after the Illinois 20 and State St/Business 20 exits.  Coming from the north and west, it is the third exit in Illinois after the Rockton/IL-75 and then the IL-173 exits.  The stadium is on Interstate Blvd, immediately east of the highway.  Ample parking is available at the stadium; parking is $2.  There are 1,200 spaces in the lot.  Over flow parking will be off of Interstate Blvd and also to the east at the YMCA.

Kids are welcome, 5 and under are free, kids 6 to 12 are $5 at the gate (no advanced sales).

Do's...

Do stay cool.  Bring an umbrella (not for rain but for shade).  There is also a huge 50 x 105 foot pavilion to get out of the sun and stay cool.  Summer is here!

Do bring sunscreen. The weather report looks great! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. On field seating is allowed. You can sit in the stands, too. The stage will be facing the third base line and centered about where the shortstop usually plays. Sit in front of the stage only, please, not behind it.

Do visit Blues Central under the pavilion. On sale there will be fest items like shirts and koozies, CDs and artist merchandise, and information on how to become a member of Crossroads Blues Society. There will also be music between acts and other cool stuff like Hard Times Cigar Box Guitars,Terry Abrahamson (author of "In the Belly of the Blues") and Dan Phelps will be playing, too.

Do have a great time!

Don'ts...

Don't bring coolers into the festival. No outside food and beverages are allowed and the Aviators do not allow tailgating in their parking lot.

Don't bring pets. No pets allowed. Sorry!

Don't smoke at the fest unless you are in a designated stadium smoking area.
The festival is in a small professional baseball park. Access to the field is on the outfield sides of both dugouts. Real bathrooms- no portable restrooms! Restrooms are on the first base side of the park. Beer, wine and a full assortment of liquor is available in the park along with a large assortment of soft drinks and foods.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Advanced Tickets Still Available Until They Run Out!

Advanced Ticket Locations

 

Loves Park
Aviator's Stadium
The Hope and Anchor English Pub
Woodman's Supermarket

Rockford
Guzzardo's Performance Music
Alpine Bank (Alpine, Springcreek, East State, and Cherryvale Branches)
Culture Shock
Toad Hall
CD Source
Rockford Area Arts Council
Just Goods Store
Lyran Society Club

Beloit
Gary's Guitars

Online on this site and from all Crossroads Board Members.

Friday, June 20, 2014

video
Field of Blues Festival 
TV Public Service Spot 
WREX Channel 13
Thanks to this Great Sponsor!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Official Poster


11 x 17 and 8-1/2 x 11 formats.