Blues at the Crossroads 2018

September 14th and 15th


Blues at the Crossroads.

Blues at the Crossroads started as an outdoor party for the Verve 19 years ago, and now has evolved into a Terre Haute tradition of a two day music Festival.

Come enjoy your favorite Midwestern Blues and Rock Bands. There are food concessions, beer gardens, Silent Disco and much more! This is fun for the whole family. No outside food for drink allowed past gate. Handicap accessible. Limited picnic tables available: bringing your own lawn chair is encouraged.

Food and Drinks

Multiple vendors will have food for purchase.

These include:
Fifi’s Lunch Box.

Joan & Yogi One Stop.
KBL and Company
and MORE.

Beverages by:

Monarch Distributing
and Pepsi

Tickets and Pricing.

Tickets will be available for purchase at entrances. Children 16 and under get in for free.

Half Price Discounts ( Valid ID)
ISU Students, Faculty and Staff.
Military, Fire Fighters, & Police

General Admission
Enjoy best Blues bands in the Midwest.

Children 16 and Under
Free admission for kids 16 and under.



Main Stage
6:15 – 7:45
8:00 – 9:30
9:45 – 11:15
11:30 – 1:00

Verve Stage
7:00 – 8:30
9:00 – 10:30
11:00 – 1:00

Max Allen
Mike Milligan
Kelly Richey

Bastard Hounds
The Great Affair’s
The Nerve


Main Stage
3:15 – 3:30
3:45 – 5:00
5:15 – 6:30
6:45 – 8:15
8:30 – 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
12:00 – 1:30

Verve Stage
6:00 – 7:30
8:00 – 9:30
10:00 – 11:30
12:00 – 1:30

Rock Band
Michael Kelsey
Tad Robinson
Charles Walker Band
Eric Steckel
Miller Band
Solid Sauce

The Syndicate
White Light Revival
Jazz Metamorphosis 


Come enjoy the Silent Disco!

Silent Disco is where you can dance to music transmitted entirely through headphones. Those without headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. There is a $20 deposit when patrons enter the tent and are given a pair of headphones. Upon leaving the tent, the $20 deposit will be given back as long as the headphones are still in good condition.


DJ Gigante
DJ Ellipsis

DJ $cout


The Board Members (BABT) include:

The Story of Blues at the Crossroads Festival In 2000 I started the Blues at the Crossroads Festival. It began as just a “little party” outside the Verve, which I opened in December 1999. I was shocked that attendance was well over a thousand people, so I decided to do it again. In 2005 I set up a not-for-profit so I could use the proceeds from the event to help others throughout the year. That year Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. We were able to fill two box trucks with supplies which Todd Nation and I drove down to Alexandria, AL. I was also able to make a monetary donation of $2,000 to the American Red Cross. For the next few years proceeds from the event went to the American Red Cross and the Terre Haute Boys Club. Then in 2012 I collaborated with Community School of the Arts to create the Music is Key program. This program provides new guitars and a year of music lessons to at risk children in our community. At the beginning of each academic year we reach out to the Vigo County School Corporation who assists us in identifying at risk children who are interested in learning to play guitar. These children write a short essay about why they want to learn to play guitar and all those children receive a new guitar and a certificate for free music lessons through ISU School of Music. These children receive their guitars during the Saturday opening ceremonies at the Blues at the Crossroads Festival. If the children continue to take lessons throughout the year they get to perform the following year at the Blues Festival. One of my proudest moments was earlier this year when one of the girls who received a guitar the first year of this program performed at the Verve with a full band. She not only played lead guitar, she was also the lead singer. She stood on the stage full of confidence and it was clear to everyone that she loved what she was doing.


Connie Wrin – Organizer and Founder. Owner of The Verve.
Shelly Rubinacci – Staff Coordinator. Manager of The Verve.
Cathy Wood – Media Consultant.
Cheryl Maners – Backstage Liaison.


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