Crossroad Blues Society hosts 6th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival

Staff Report

On Saturday, August 29 at Lyran Park the gates will open at 11 a.m. for a day full of music from noon to after 9:30 p.m.

Advanced tickets remain only $5 while tickets at the gate are $10, children 6-18 can get in for $5 at the gate, five years old and under are free.

Albert Castiglia, the guitar ace from South Florida, will be headlining the event taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Dave Specter will take the stage at 6 p.m. on guitar with Sharon Lewis on vocals along with brother John Kattke on keys and vocals.

Mike Wheeler and his band take the stage at 4 p.m.

Mike is a great guitar player with a fantastic band that also hails from the Windy City playing a modernized version of classic Chicago blues with a little funk.

The annual harmonica workshop will be hosted this year by local musical prodigy Justin “Boots” Gates.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion you can get an hour long free harmonica lesson, the first 25 kids 10 and under get free harps and adults can buy harps for $5.

The 2 p.m. show is the return of Stormcellar from Sydney, Australia.

Jo Fitzgerald, the great female vocalist, will join them on the stage for some blues from down under.

Opening the day will be Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama who won the Crossroad Blues Society blues challenge.

Featuring Jimmy of vocals and guitar, the band also includes the Rodney Brown on tenor sax.

Dan Phelps who won the Solo Duo blues challenge will appear between sets in the Pavilion, playing delta blues.

Tickets are available at these locations in Rockford: Woodman’s Supermarket (Perryville), Smokehouse BBQ (S. Main and Harrison), Culture Shock Records and Clothing (Charles St.), Just Goods Fair Trade Store (7th St. and 1st Ave.), Toad Hall Records (Broadway), CD Source (State St.), Guzzardo Music (Charles St.) and Lyran Club (4th Ave. just east of 7th St.)

Tickets can be purchased in Winnebago at Snyder’s Drugs.

Tickets are available in Byron at the following locations: Snyder’s Drugs, Byron Bank, Felker’s Value Fresh Supermarket and Leombruni’s Italian Village.

Tickets are available in Oregon at Snyder’s Drugs.

Food vendors will be on hand with a selection of foods.

Smokehouse BBQ of Rockford will bring their BBQ back to the festival again,  Anjan’s Eats returns with their bourbon glazed chops and much more, Good Eatz will be there again with Italian sausage, Italian beef, corn on the cob and more and this year they added Fork’n’Stein, a food truck venue with craft beer infused foods and there also will be a Mexican food vendor.

Regular and craft beer will be available for $4 while water and pop is $1.

Golf carts available for those needing assistance getting around.

Limited primitive camping will be available Friday and Saturday, $10 per day for tents and $20 per day for campers.

Call the Lyran Club for reservations at 815-964-0511.

For more information about the event call 779-537-4006, email or visit


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