Three Crossroads Blues Society events on tap this weekend
By Steve Jones
President, Crossroads Blues Society
At 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, Brent Johnson and the Call Up perform downstairs at the Lyran Society Club building on Fourth Avenue, just east of Seventh Street. There is a fish fry there that night and it is open to all ages. No cover charge. Crossroads and the Lyran CLub want their members to come out and enjoy the music! Bring your friends, it’s open to the public! Brent is a fantastic guitar player, singer and songwriter. You’ll love him if you’ve never heard him before. After 11 years in the Blues Power Band with Bryan Lee, Brent ventured out on his own last year. His new CD is phenomenal, and was nominated for a Blues Blast Award for New Artist Debuts. Brent was also nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award with Blues Blast, too!
Saturday, Oct. 11, is the second Saturday of October, and that means blues at the Hope and Anchor Pub, 5040 N. Second St. Loves Park, Illinois. The Cash Box Kings play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Free prior to 8 p.m., $5 cover at and after 8 p.m. Come out for a great dinner at this fine English Pub and see this great band who record for Blind Pig Records. The Cash Box Kings’ second release for Blind Pig Records, Black Toppin’, was named the Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year at the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards and they were awarded the 2010 Blues Blast Music Magazine “Sean Costello Rising Star” Award!
Sunday, Oct. 12, is Solo/Duo Day for our Crossroads Blues Challenge. At 3 p.m. at Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison, in downtown Rockford, is start tie for the first act. Order will be determined there. Competing are Dan Phelps, Dan Peart, and Birddog and Beck. The winner goes to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in late January. Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama won our band competition last Sunday and will go on to compete in Memphis. Come out and find out who will join them! $5 cover, all money goes to the winning act.
Posted Oct. 8, 2014