2020 Blues at the Crossroads Cancelled

Hello friends,

We are sad to announce that due to the current status of the world we will not be hosting the 20th Annual Blues at the Crossroads Festival.

This year has broken the mold of the world we live in today and we feel that we could not host this years event without a guilty conscience. We hope that we all can use the rest of this year to focus on what is important for the world.

We hope to bring the festival back to our beloved town in the future in a healthier environment for you all to attend.

Check on your loved ones, keep yourselves informed from multiple sources, and stay safe. ❤️🎶

Blues at the Crossroads 2020



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.




Max Allen
Russ Green
Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel
Henthorn / Feaster


War Radio
Cosmic Situation
Monte Skelton



James Neary and the Bevy Blue
Kelly Richey
Smokers Blues Band
Soupbone’s Blackwater Mission
Shamarr Allen


Damon Mitchell
The Nobodies


Come enjoy the Silent Disco!

Returning to this years event is our beloved Silent Disco! Come dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Those without 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 will be given the $20 back when the headphones are returned in acceptable condition.


The YMCA of the Wabash Valley is excited to announce a new partnership with one of the area’s most popular music festivals: Blues at the Crossroads. The festival, which takes place on Sept. 13 and 14 this year, brings together thousands of fans, and nearly 20 bands for live music, food, drinks and fun in downtown Terre Haute at the Crossroads of America, at Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue.

As a way to provide parents and caregivers in the community the opportunity to enjoy the festival kid-free, the Y is giving area youth two opportunities to enjoy a concert of their own on the same weekend.

“Blues at the Crossroads is such an incredible event in Terre Haute, it just seemed like a great fit to provide kids in the community a chance to have a concert of their own here at the Y, while mom and dad let loose downtown,” said Michael Wagle, Vigo County YMCA Kids Night Out coordinator. “Our monthly Kids Night Out events offer parents the opportunity to enjoy a night out while trained Y staff play seasonal games, do crafts, and offer snacks to kids in the safety of our facility.”


The Y will open its doors to ages 18 months to 12 years on the first night of the downtown festival, Sept. 13, for a live acoustic concert presented by Blues at the Crossroads performers in the private playground behind the Y. Musicians include Nathan Marshall, David Goodier, and Kandace Hinton. Papa Johns is donating pizza for all participants. Music-themed games and activities will also take place throughout the course of the evening.

Then, on Sept. 14, the Y welcomes in our older kids for a Blues DJ dance party. A stage will be set up, as well as tables for pizza donated by AzzipPizza. Games including volleyball and basketball will be offered in the main gym. The music and dance party will begin at p.m. Musicians will include Goodier, Mike Rowe, Hinton and DJ Harvey and Friends.

During Saturday’s event, the Y will still offer entertainment and activities for younger participants in the child watch area. Ages 18 months and older are welcome.


Doors will open at 5 p.m. and close by 10 for both events. Participants are required to register prior to the start of the event. Registration is available at www.ymcaswv.org under the Vigo County Youth Services tab or by visiting the Vigo County YMCA. The YMCA member cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. The nonmember cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. A discount will be offered to parents who sign children up for both nights.

The Blues for Youth Music Weekend is just the beginning of a growing partnership between the YMCA and Blues at the Crossroads founder Connie Wrin. The two organizations are working on a plan that will allow Wrin’s nonprofit Music is Key to offer youth music classes at the YMCA in 2020.

Proceeds from the Blues at the Crossroads event will go toward the development of the Music is Key program at the Y. The goal of the program is to provide children in the community the opportunity to take part in music who otherwise would not have access to instruments, or lessons. Through the YMCA scholarship program, children who qualify for financial assistance can receive up to 50 percent off program fees.


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.

Alec Thompson – Marketing and Graphic Design.


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