Crossroads has been extremely busy setting up great shows in Northern Illinois. Our Second Saturday Blues at the Hope and Anchor English Pub in Loves Park, IL continues with Bobby Messano and Dave Fields on December 13th fr our 10th Annual Christmas Party! We added a special show Saturday 12/27 there with the great Lurrie Bell and his band. January 10th is Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and February 14th we have reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. The March show is pushed back a week because of a St Patrick’s Day Party and Sean Ehrhardt will be there on March 21st. April 11th is Taildragger backed by teh Rockin’ Jonnie Band and May 9th is te return of the Jimmy’s! All shows are 8 PM to midnight with free cover before 8 PM ($5 after 8 PM).
We’ve added blues once a month to the Friday fish fry and steak dinners at the Lyran Society Club on 4th Avenue in Rockford. 12/5 is acoustic night with Dan Phelps and Macyn Taylor, 1/2 is the return of the Blues Hawks, 2/6 is Birddog and Beck, 3/13 is the Basement Blues Band and 4/10 it’s the New Savages. No cover, all ages welcome at these shows! 7 PM start for these Friday shows.
The Rockford Ice Hogs AHL Hockey is featuring blues on Friday home games from 5:15 to 6:45 PM at the Blue Line Lounge (renamed the “Blues” Line Lounge for these events). On 12/26 Recently Paroled will perform, 1/9 it’s the New Savages, 1/16 the Collins Grayless Band is up, the Hoodoo Rhythm Kings are there 1/30 and the Blues Hawks are there 4/17. Two other dates will be added.
On Sunday 12/7 the Society hosts a fund raiser for their IBC bound acts at the Alpine Road American Legion in Rockford from 3 to 7 PM. Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama and Dan Phelps will perform. Donations at the door will be accepted, and there will be silent auctions and a 50-50 raffle.
Their annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park is set for Saturday 8/29/15. Albert Castiglia, the Mike Wheeler Band, teh Terry Quiett Band, Stormcellar with Jo Fitzgerald and Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama will be on stage and Dan Phelps and Macyn Taylor will be featured in the Pavilion between acts. $5 advanced tickets go on sale in March, but mark the date on your calendars now!