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We want to bring a blues festival back to Rockford and Riverhawks Stadium has agreed to lets us host one there on 6/22/13!

A blues festival in the Rockford metro area has been a dream for Crossroads Blues Society.  To get this started up requires some financial assistance.  We have set a fundraising goal of $4000 to make this event a reality.  We are seeking corporate sponsorship in a traditional manner and we are also trying Kickstarter as a way to get this rolling.  To inaugurate this event for 2013 we want to raise at least $2000 via Kickstarter to help defray the costs and allow us to bring the blues back to Rockford!

Public lands have always been a hard thing to utilize.  The City has a 50+ page document to fill out to use public lands (including parks) for any private event.  We have been looking for a place on private property that is conducive to making this a success and we have come to agreement with the Rockford Riverhawks Baseball team to use Riverhawks Stadium as a venue for a blues festival.  We need a place that is easy to manage and they need people to use the stadium for other uses; we have agreed to work together to make June 22, 2013 the day to hold the first blues festival in the Rockford area in many years.

Crossroads works with the Byron Bar Association to run the Byron Crossroads Blues Festival. This festival has been a success for the first three years of it's life and it will continue as a great Saturday event the weekend before Labor Day.  The Forest City needs it's own festival.  Yes, it has On The Waterfront, which has the blues and so much more.  We want a festival completely devoted to the blues and music and we know there are people our there who do, too!  we are here on Kickstarter to get this off the ground and started.  If we prove that it can be done, we will be able to go to local businesses with the inaugural event under our belts as proof it is viable. 

Crossroads is a 501c3 non-profit whose aim is to raise money for Blues in the Schools, which we call BITS.  BITS is an effort to bring blues musicians into local schools to educate students on the roots of all American popular music and to entertain them.  Rock, soul, jazz, rap, hip hop and all American popular music has roots in the blues.  The blues came to us from Africa through churches and cotton fields.  African Americans adapted their own music forms with church music and field hollers and chants to become what was popularized as "The Blues." 

First recorded about a hundred years ago by the likes of men like Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, the blues has a robust beginning in juke joints and homes in the Mississippi Delta, East Texas and Carolina Hill Country.  It migrated to the cities of the South and helped give birth to jazz and country music.  It then moved northward as freed slaves and farmers looking for work came to the Northern industrial centers.  It got electrified, amplified and popularized.  It gave birth to swing and boogie woogie and rock and roll; it could not be stopped.  It waned and rose in popularity here and there, but between the 1960s folk music revival and the British invasion it came back in a big way.  Big rock acts like the Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Steve Miller, Led Zeppelin and so many others were deep into the blues and kept it alive.  For good, bad or indifferent, Saturday Night Live and the Blues Brothers gave the blues some recognition, too.  The blues remains alive to day to a dedicated fan base that last year attended 526 blues music festivals.  Why not Rockford?

So here we are, ready to bring the blues to more schools.  We've done it 108 times in the last 10 years and over 32,000 students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  About 7,000 people have enjoyed our fest in Byron over the past 3 years.  We can do this in a cost effective manner, make it inexpensive for people to attend and still have a heck of a great time.  All proceeds from the festival, 100% of them, go to BITS.  We are all volunteers.  With a few thousand dollars we can make this event a reality and build it into a funding source for BITS.  How can that be a bad thing?  As funding for arts and music dwindle, we are working to get some of that back.  Help us make that a reality and support our program here on Kickstarter!

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Crossroads cannot create an event like this without financial support. A festival costs a lot of money to put on. You have to pay for things like:

- Music acts
- A venue
- Staging
- Electricity and Utilities
- Sound and Lighting
- Insurance
- Licensing
- Rest Rooms
- Security
- Concessions

Using Riverhawks Stadium eliminates the last few items on that list, but it is still costly. We can sell tickets but to make them affordable ($10 in advance) we need to have some sponsors to help. Between sponsors and working hard to keep costs low while selling advanced tickets, we can make this successful. Our goal is to cover all our costs with ticket sales and sponsorship. That way we can be successful and funds raised that day can help us to fund BITS.

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