Byron Crossroads Blues Festival set for Aug. 25

By Steve Jones
Crossroads Blues Society

The Third Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival is ready and raring to go Saturday, Aug. 25. Gates open at 1 p.m., music begins at 1:30 p.m. and goes to 11 p.m., and the fest closes at 11:30 p.m.

Remaining advanced tickets are still available at $5; entry fee at the gate is $10 per person for those older than 5 and free for those younger than 5. All kids younger than 18 must be escorted by parents or responsible adults.

Almost 2,500 people attended last year’s event, and organizers are expecting even more this year.

Access to the fest is easy. Held on the “crossroads” of Second Street and Union Street in downtown Byron, Ill., there will be four gates again on each of the ends of the “cross”: gates at/near Sterling Federal Bank/Post Office on Union Street near Third Street (the North Gate, where will-call tickets are held); Tailgater’s on Second Street (the East Gate); Fifth Alarm on Union Street (the South Gate); and O’Hare’s Hairport/Just Sew Shop (the West Gate).

Following is the festival’s music lineup:

1:30 p.m. — Aaron Williams and the HooDoo

3:30 p.m. — The Jimmy’s

5:30 p.m. — The Cash Box Kings

7:30 p.m. — Nick Moss and the Fliptops

9:30 p.m. — The Candye Kane Band

Throughout the day — Cigar box guitar demonstrations with Hard Time Cigar Box Guitars.

No coolers, outside food or beverages or pets are allowed at the festival. A portion of festival profits benefits Crossroads Blues Society and their Blues in the Schools Program. Since May 2002, this 501(c)(3) has provided 104 school programs for more than 31,000 area students. Four more programs are already planned for September.

Sample foods from local restaurants or go right in from the festival to the restaurants for their entire menu. Both Miller and Budweiser products will be served in the festival area ($4 for 16-ounce aluminum bottles) and pop and water will be $1.

Come out, bring your own chairs, eat a meal or two, sip a cool beverage and listen to some great music! Call (779) 537-4006 for more information.

From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue

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