2020 Czech Village Blues Event Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Monday, June 22, 2020


Organization: Linn County Blues Society
Contact: Greg West, Entertainment Chair
Phone: 319-541-9918
Email: gregpwest@gmail.com 

Organization: Friends of Czech Village
Contact: Michelle Bell, President
Phone: 319-431-2755
Email: info@czechvillagefriends.org 

2019 Blues Festival - Cedar Rapids Iowa
“Czech Village Blues emcee Bob DeForest rouses the applause for Anthony Gomes”

2020 Czech Village Blues Event Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – After much careful consideration, the Czech Village Blues has announced the cancellation of the 2020 event, which was scheduled to be held August 8, 2020. “Out of an abundance of caution, and with the safety of our concert goers in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the event this year,” said Michelle Bell, President of Friends of Czech Village. “It was not an easy decision, but we feel it is the right one for the organization.”

In previous years, the Linn County Blues Society teamed up with Friends of Czech Village to host the Czech Village Blues, a new blues tradition in Cedar Rapids. The one-day blues music festival is an event to raise funds to rebuild the Roundhouse in Czech Village. In 2019, the event had over 900 volunteers and spectators in attendance and raised $6,000 in profit that was split between the Friends of Czech Village and Linn County Blues Society. This money was contributed to local nonprofits and put towards the overall mission to reconstruct the Riverside Roundhouse building. “We were looking forward to continuing and growing the great tradition again in 2020 but given the current health concerns related to COVID-19, we felt it was important to cancel,” Bell said. “We look forward to seeing our concert goers again next year on Saturday, August 14, 2021!”

All sponsorships for the 2020 year will be carried over and honored in 2021. If a business or donor has specific questions regarding these sponsorships, please contact: info@czechvillagefriends.org. The Czech Village Blues would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include event planning, venue setup and cleanup, ticket and merchandise booth coverage, and security. To get involved, make a donation, or find more information and details regarding next years’ event, please visit: https://czechvillagefriends.org/


Friends of Czech Village is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for and reconstructing the Riverside Roundhouse building in the Czech Village neighborhood. Once rebuilt, this high-quality facility will be a venue for farmer’s markets, recreational activities, festivals, social occasions, and more. For additional information, please visit www.CzechVillageFriends.org.

The Linn County Blues Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of Blues music in Eastern Iowa, as well as to provide charitable contributions to other community organizations. For more information, please visit www.LCBS.org.