Friday, October 17, 2014

Ice Hogs- The Blue Flame Lounge turns into the BLUES Flame Lounge on Fridays

The Ice Hogs have 10 Friday home games for the 2014-2015 Season and their new Blue Flame Lounge becomes the Blues Flame Lounge on those Friday nights.  Doors open at 5:15 PM before the games and local blues artists will perform before all the Friday home games.

These are the dates and artists (more will be added as they are scheduled):
11/14/2014 Justin "Boots" Gates
11/21/2014 Ron Holm
11/28/2014 Dan Phelps

New Savages at the Lyran Club Friday 11/7

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blues Blast Music Awards Thursday October 23rd at Fluid Events Center in Champaign, IL


This is a fantastic event that you will not want to miss!  Dozens of blues legends will be playing at this show.  The new location is a fantastic venue with multiple stages for non-stop music action.  Well worth the trip to Champaign- there is no other show of this magnitude! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 Crossroads Blues Challenge

Crossroads Blues Society
presents the
2014 Crossroads
Blues Challenge

Mary's Place, 602 N Madison St. Rockford

Sunday October 5th starting at 3 PM: Band Competition

Sunday October 12th starting at 3 PM: Solo/Duo Competition

We will do a Teen Acts Competition (if any submit) at a different location and on a different date


1.      Open to all bands who live within 150 miles of Rockford AND who have played within approximately 50 miles of Rockford at least twice in the last year (August 2013 through August 2014).
2.      Entries must complete the entry application and provide a 300 dpi or better  photograph of the band.
3.      Entries must be accompanied with a $25 entry fee which will be returned only if the band is not selected to compete in the Crossroads Blues Challenge (CBC).
4.      Entries must be accompanied by a three song sampler of the band.  If more than three songs are provided, the first three songs on the entry sampler will be used, 
5.      The band must be willing and able to perform in the Crossroads Blues Challenge on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Mary’s Place in Rockford and if they win they must be able to perform at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) held in Memphis, Tennessee from January 20-24, 2015.  If the winning band does not compete in Memphis they will forfeit and refund all travel expenses raised by Crossroads Blues Society back to Crossroads.
6.      If a  band was ever nominated for a Blues Music Award (or the former W.C. Handy Award), the act or band is ineligible to compete in the CBC and IBC.
7.      A band is limited to two consecutive appearances at the IBC and must then sit out at least one year before being eligible to compete again. Any act under the same name will not be allowed to compete three consecutive years.
8.      An individual may not compete in more than one act in any capacity.  A musician cannot compete in the Band Division and the Solo/Duo Division, even if that musician represents a different Affiliate in each. 
9.      The CBC and IBC adhere to the following criteria for what constitutes a band:  any act with three or more musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed..
10.   The signature on the entry form signifies that the above rules are understood and will be complied with.  Failure to perform in Memphis as agreed to will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiture of all privileges and prizes.

The winners of the 2014 CBC (1 band and 1 solo/duo act) will receive:
1.      The total of all entry fees received for the 2014 CBC.
2.      A paid engagement at one of our Crossroads Events.  The band will paid at least $600 and solo/duo and teen act at least $200 (both negotiable).
3.      Crossroads will assist with other fundraising efforts to be agreed to after the CBC.

All judges decisions are final.

Crossroads Blues Society
presents the
2014 Crossroads Blues Challenge

Entry Form must be submitted with $25 entry fee by 9/17/14

Mail to Crossroads Blues Society
PO Box 840
Byron, IL 61010

Band Name ____________________________________

Band Member ____________________ 
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Contact Information:

Band Leader ____________________________________

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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