The 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 129 programs for 40,000 students in northern Illinois since then. Founding in 1994 and incorporated in 1995, we are celebrating our 20th year of existence. We are also 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 festivals. 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, and in 2014 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. Check them out at http://crossroadsbluesfestival.blogspot.com/.
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 and we will not repeat this in 2015. Go to http://fieldofblues.blogspot.com/ to read bout this 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 24 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, sending the Alex Wilson to compete in the IBCs. We will hold their second challenge this year in October.
For the most up to date information, go to our news blog http://crossroadsbluessociety.blogspot.com/ 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.