It’s only fitting that the 22nd Blues at the Crossroads has a new crow logo.
The crow is seated, dressed in pants and a blue shirt, strumming a banjo against a tree.
“What is (the intersection of) Seventh and Wabash Avenue more than a flock of crows?” said Alec Thompson, who designed the new logo. Each fall, up to 100,000 American Crows choose to winter in the city, many of which congregate downtown.
“I gave Alec the concept of an outfit that I wanted the crow to wear and he took it from there,” said Connie Wrin, organizer of the blues festival scheduled for September 9 and 10 at the center. -Terre Haute city.
“We made him the man of the blues. The tree he’s leaning against also has more crows on it. We’ll change it every year. It’ll be him doing different things every year,” Thompson told About the crow logo. Besides being a graphic designer, Thompson is also co-owner of Bar_Botics Arcade downtown.
On Monday, Wrin announced changes to the annual music festival.
The most important is the possibility of paying online for tickets at www.bluesatthecrossroads.com. Advance tickets are available online for $20 (plus a small processing fee) per person per day. VIP tickets are available online for $120. T-shirts can also be purchased online. Ticket price at the door will be $30 per person per day. Credit cards are accepted throughout the festival, unlike previous years where entry was cash only.
Additionally, this year’s event will feature two stages – dubbed Dawn and Dusk, for the east and west stages.
“There’s a step to the Copper Bar and the second step to First Financial Bank,” Wrin said.
There will also be a “Kids Zone” for 16 and under.
“I’m thrilled for it and everyone who helped me is thrilled for it. Last year was the first year after the pandemic so it was a bit slow, but I think this year really everyone everyone is excited to get out and get back to normal and have a great event,” Wrin said.
“We hope over 10,000 people will participate this year,” Wrin said.
The festival will have 24 bands perform over the two day event. New bands this year include Joceylyn & Chris, Aaron Walker Band and Dylan Schneider.
“The Ragbirds are coming back and it will bring a lot of people. It was one of our highlights probably 12 years ago when they played,” Wrin said.
All bands, along with photographs and biographical information on each are available at bluesatthecrossroads.com.
And this year, no food trucks. Instead, food will be available at downtown restaurants that include Scout’s Pizzeria; The verve; Federal Café and Delicatessen; Bar_Botics Arcade; the Mexican Chava grill; Patty Shack; J. Gumbo’s; and in the VIP Lounge Rick’s Smokehouse & Grill and Jimmy John’s.
“Also in the VIP area we will have celebrity chefs, local chefs from the community who will come and prepare hors d’oeuvres for people who have purchased the VIP tickets,” Wrin said.
And the festival event helps sponsor “Music is Key”, a charity set up to provide musical instruments to underserved children. Since 2015, the organization has provided nearly 100 instruments to children in the Wabash Valley.
“We reached a lot of kids,” Wrin said. “This year we are working with the (Vigo County School Corp.) to provide instruments to local high school children who cannot afford an instrument to play in a band or orchestra,” Wrin said.
As an example of the program’s impact, Wrin said, “The second year we had this program, we gave a little girl named Emma a guitar. Three years ago she played (at The Verve) in her band and she was the lead singer, so her grandmother said the guitar really made a difference to her,” Wrin said. “I really think it’s important for us to give back to the community. We have so much community involvement in this event. Music is so important…because studies show that when kids have art in their life, they fare better.”
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