Friday, August 30, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Crossroads Blues Society Volunteer Party 9/22/13 at 3 PM!

The festivals are over and it is time for our volunteer appreciation party.  If you volunteered at Byron Crossroads Blues Festival or even the Field of Blues Festival, this party is to honor you!

3 to 6 PM, Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 at the Byron American Legion!  Australia's top blues and root music band, first American tour!

Sample of their music videos: Storm Cellar Videos.   It is a very cool mix of blues and roots with a rocking feel.

Free food for volunteers provided by our bar and restaurant partners.  Others can attend the show with a $5 cover, no food included.  Cash bar- very low prices.

50-50 raffle and other prizes!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crossroads Blues Challenge

Sunday October 13th 

Crossroads Blues Society
presents the
2013 Crossroads
Blues Challenge


1.      Open to all bands who live within 150 miles of Rockford AND who have played within 50 miles of Rockford at least twice in the last year (September 2012 through August 2013).
2.      Entries must complete the entry application and provide a 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, October 13th at the Adriatic Bar in Rockford and if they win they must be able to perform at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) held in Memphis, Tennessee from January 21-25, 2014.  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 2013 CBC (1 band) will receive:

1.      The total of all entry fees received for the 2013 CBC.
2.      A paid engagement at either the 2014 Field of Blues Festival in Loves Park or the 2014 Byron Crossroads Blues Festival in Byron.  The band will paid at least $600 (negotiable).
3.      Crossroads will assist with other fundraising efforts to be agreed to after the CBC.

All judges decisions are final.

 Entry Form (must be submitted with entry fee by 10/9/13)
Mail to Crossroads Blues Society
c/o 1043 Kingsway Lane
Byron, IL 61010

Band Name _____________________________________________

Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________
Band Member ____________________ Instrument _____________         
Contact Information:
Band Leader ________________________________________ 
Phone _____________________
Other Contact _______________________________________ 
Phone: _____________________
E-mail: ____________________________
Website: ___________________________________________