Selected Community Events


Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit

Jan 27, 2013 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

American Legion, Union St, Byron, IL
> Crossroads Blues Society is having a benefit to support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 3 to 6 PM at the Byron American Legion Hall on Union Street in downtown Byron. The benefit features the music of Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys along with harmonica master Westside Andy Linderman. Suggested donation to attend is $10.
> Rik Raven and his band were featured at the Byron Crossroads Blues Festival (BCBF) in August 2011. Rik is a superb guitar player who can play with the best of them. A consummate showman and front man, Raven tours the US with a huge and loyal following. Westside Andy was featured at the BCBF in 2010 as part of the Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band and in an opening trio in 2011. His harp playing is known by fans near and far to be one of America's best.
> Crossroads began planning a benefit to raise money for the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Capital Fund Drive to raise money to support a HOF Museum for the Blues in Memphis. Some of the funds raised will go towards that, but since planning started Sandy hit the east coast and so the majority of money raised will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief. A 50-50 raffle and silent auctions will be held. Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction or needing more information should contact Steve Jones at 779-537-4006 by phone or at via email.
> Rik and Andy will also be conducting Blues in the Schools on Monday, January 28th. In the AM they will be at Washington Elementary School in Rockford at 9:30 AM and in the afternoon they afternoon they will be at Haskell Elementary School in Rockford at 1 PM. Crossroads Blues Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in Illinois. They primarily raise funds to conduct BITS programs and have conducted 108 programs for over 32,000 students locally since May 2002. They also host the annual BCBF on the Saturday prior to Labor Day in Byron and now also are beginning a new festival at Riverhawks Stadium called the Field of Blues Festival. The inaugural festival will be on June 22nd.
Steve Jones