Crossroads Blues Society
2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipient
Buy tickets for the 7th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park right here! Only $5 each; click below to set up purchase.  On line orders received will now be held at Will Call at the Gate.

Advanced ticket sales locations:
(sales close Friday at 6 PM or
earlier if tickets run out at a

Woodman’s Supermarket (Perryville)
Culture Shock (Charles St)
Guzzardo’s Music (Charles St)
Smokehouse BBQ (Harrison & S. Main) 
CD Source (State St Downtown)
Toad Hall Records (Broadway)
Just Goods (7th St)
Lyran Club (4th Ave)

Loves Park:
Hope and Anchor English Pub (N. 2nd St)

Christy’s Bar

Paradise Guitars
Grand Avenue Pub

Snyders Drugs
Felker’s Market

Snyders Drugs

Snyders Drugs

Get your advanced tickets now!  $25 for regular tickets and $50 for VIP tickets.   VIPS skip the lines and get to enter the VIP entrance. VIP ticket Includes official 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards t-shirt, poster, and official 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards pin (every year they run out of official t-shirts, so this is your best bet to get one!) Please email them at or specify in comment section of your order for your shirt size.  The awards show is at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign, IL.  Doors open at 5 PM and the music starts at 6 PM on Friday, September 23rd!
Crossroads Blues Society
Who Are We?
Crossroads Blues Society, or CBS for short, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that primarily raises funds in order to host Blues In The Schools Programs in the greater Rockford area of northern Illinois.  These programs are fully funded by CBS and there is absolutely no cost to area schools for these programs.  We have done this since May 2002 and have done 180 programs for 50,330 students in northern Illinois since then.   Founded in 1994 and incorporated shortly thereafter, we are getting ready to start our 23rd year of existence.  We were the 2014 recipient of the Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Foundation Affiliates!  We were also inducted in to the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.
Funding for BITS now comes primarily through profits from our festival.  In 2010, Crossroads embarked on their first festival effort since 1995.  The Crossroads Blues Festival, held on the Saturday of the weekend before Labor Day Weekend, was held each of the first four years in downtown Byron, IL. In 2014 it moved and was held at Lyran Park in Rockford, just south of the Rockford Airport.  Crossroads has had success each year in providing a great lineup and full day of music at a reasonable cost.  The festival features artists on stage and music workshops. The 7th annual blues festival will be held on August 27, 2016 at Lyran Park.  Check the current and prior festivals out at 
In 2013, Crossroads inaugurated the Field of Blues Festival at Rockford Aviators Stadium.  Actually located in Loves Park, the stadium offered a unique venue for blues fans as they could sit on field, in the stands or in one of the covered deck pavilions to enjoy the day. We repeated the event in 2014 and found that while it was a great event we had a difficult time planning and executing two festivals closed together so we will not be repeating this.  Go to  to read about this former event.

Crossroads also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter with articles, music reviews and other related information.  It is published and distributed to our members, record companies and other blues industry organizations.  It is published in full color electronically (up to 32 pages) and in black and white as a 12 page hard copy.  Each issue usually contains at least two dozen reviews of recently released CDs, DVDs and books.
In October 2013, Crossroads held their first blues challenge and has held one annually since.  Crossroads also works with a number of local venues and organizations to produce a number of live music events each year.  

For the most up to date information, go to our Upcoming Events Page or to our long-standing news blog at  to read about our upcoming events.  Our BITS page and other links pages here can give you information and access to our programs and web sites. 

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