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

Czech Village BluesThird Annual Czech Village Blues
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tickets are available here

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. 2018 was fabulous and 2019 looks even better.

Czech Village Blues will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 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 Toronzo Cannon as the 2019 headliner. Toronzo Cannon has battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has played multiple tours in Europe, and delivered roof-raising performances around the United States. For more information about this exciting act, please visit www.toronzocannon.com.

The middle act features #1 Billboard blues artist, Anthony Gomes. Anthony is a triple threat guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. His high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence make him one of the top draws on the rock and blues circuit today. Read more at www.anthonygomes.com.

Opening the show will be local favorite, Charlie Morgan and the Bone Crushers featuring Tommy “T-Bone” Giblin.

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 beginning at 4:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below or in the following retail locations:

White Lion Treasures, Checkers Tavern, O’Malleys Irish Bar, Parlor City Pub & Eatery, Q-Dogs BBQ and The Village Meat Market. Thanks to all these establishments for supporting the blues and Czech Village.

Czech Village Blues Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I park?
    You may park anywhere in the area there you find available.  NEW this year- We will be providing a shuttle service from the City of Cedar Rapids Lot 44 located at 861 2nd Street SE. There will be a small fee to park in this parking lot and is charged by ParkCR. The shuttle is through NTS (Neighborhood Transportation Service) and is paid for by proceeds from the event.
  • 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 Charlie Morgan and the Bonecrushers 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