The Second Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival

By: From The Byron Crossroads Blues Festival
By: From The Byron Crossroads Blues Festival

BYRON (WIFR) -- The Second Annual Byron Crossroads Blues Festival is officially kicked off! Mayor Chris Millard stopped by the Festival’s Executive Committee meeting and purchased the first two tickets for the festival which will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Advanced tickets are $5 each and then $10 on the day of the festival at the gates.

This years’ festival is again brought to you by the Downtown Byron Bar Association and Crossroads Blues Society. The sponsoring bars and restaurants are The Cave, Fifth Alarm, Karla’s Pub, Leombruni’s Italian Village, Spanky’s Byron Inn, Tailgaters Sport Bar and Sunrise II. The festival will be held at the “Crossroads” of Second Street and Union Streets in downtown Byron.

This years’ fest opens at 1 PM and New Orleans’ Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band will headline the festival. The fest will be catered by the sponsoring bars and restaurants as was done last year- no outside vendors allowed. The goal is to feature Byron’s Downtown to the many visiting blues music fans. This year’s set of acts tops the inaugural fest and that was a spectacular day of great music!

The schedule for the main stage:
1:30 PM Glenn Davis, Matt Goodwin and Westside Andy Linderman
3:30 PM Reverend Raven and the Cain Smokin’ Altar Boys
5:30 PM Kilborn Alley Blues Band
7:30 PM Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band
9:30 PM The Jimmy’s

The opening act is a trio of blues greats from Southern Wisconsin who will get everyone warmed up and dancing early. Reverend Raven and his Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys hail from Milwaukee and will put on a high powered show with guitar, sax and keyboards. Kilborn Alley comes to us from Champaign, but these young musicians are racking up music awards right and left- they are one of the blues world’s top up and coming acts! Bryan Lee is a veteran guitar player with a spectacular band. He is an internationally known artist who plays some of the best blues guitar in the world! Closing up the festival this year are The Jimmy’s. The bad boy from Madison himself, Jimmy Voegeli and his band put on a high powered show. Featuring Jimmy on B3 organ, keyboards and vocals, the band also has a superb horn section that will get everyone on their feet!

The goal again is to provide a great day of music, food and beverages at a reasonable cost, so families and friends can come to downtown Byron with their chairs and sit around and have a great day together without having to mortgage the home or farm. Over 2,100 attended the inaugural festival the planner expect and even bigger crowd this year!

Crossroads Blues Society is once again helping to run the festival. They and the Bar Association are seeking out sponsors for the festival. They are also looking for volunteers to help on the day of the festival. Tickets are on sale now in all sponsoring bars and restaurants and at Byron Bank, Snyder’s True Value Market, and other locations around the Byron area. You can call festival chairman Steve Jones to get tickets and information on sponsorship or volunteering or go on line to to get more information or buy tickets on line.

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