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!

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