Upcoming Events

Czech Village BluesSecond Annual Czech Village Blues
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tickets will be available April 1. Buy Tickets

The Linn County Blues Society is teaming up with Friends of Czech Village to start a new blues tradition in Cedar Rapids. When the Linn County Blues Society’s Bluesmore ended its 21-year run in 2015, the all-volunteer group began looking for a new venue for the event. In 2017, they found it. We are excited to have Czech Village Blues back for a second time in 2018.

Czech Village Blues will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in the Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village. The event will be a one-day blues music festival to raise funds to rebuild the Roundhouse in Czech Village. The show is a joint production of Friends of Czech Village and the Linn County Blues Society.

Czech Village Blues will feature Bernard Allison, Mike Zito and Ally Venable: Ruf Records Blues Caravan as our 2018 headliner performers. This is three acts in one: You’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with sky-high reputations. The other acts include Shane Johnson’s Blue Train and Tim&TheTrutones.

Czech Village Blues will also feature a youth stage at this year’s festival where young, local Blues performers will have the opportunity to “show their stuff” in front of a large audience begining at 4:30pm.


Czech Village Blues Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I bring my own food / cooler / drinks?
    No outside coolers, food, or drinks. Food and Drinks (soft drinks, beer and Cedar Ridge Rum, Vodka and Bourbon) will be available for purchase on site. Bring your own chairs / blankets for seating.
  • How do I get into the festival?
    The entrance is at 16th AVE at A St SW.
  • When do gates open for the event?
    Gates open at 4:00 pm. Youth Stage Musicians start at 4:30 Tim&TheTrutones start at 5:00pm.
  • Can I bring my dog with me?
    No Pets are allowed into the festival (with the exception of service animals).
  • What happen if it rains?
    The show will be held unless there is lightning. No umbrellas are allowed.
  • Can I bring my children? Do they need tickets?
    Absolutely! Bring the family. Children under 12 admitted free with a paid adult.

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.

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.

Sponsorships for Czech Village Blues are available. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Rowell: 319-560-2253, publicity@LCBS.org

Event Contacts: 

Greg West, Entertainment Chair, Linn County Blues Society

Michelle Bell, President, Friends of Czech Village

Questions or comments? Send us an email: info@czechvillagefriends.org