After a one-year hiatus due to COVID, the Blues at the Crossroads Festival is back in Terre Haute! The festival ran for two days, Friday September 10, and Saturday September 11. This is the 20th year of the festival since it started in 2001. The festival started as a way to gather a community of music lovers to enjoy local bands, but it has become so much more.

The Blues at the Crossroads Festival is sponsored and run by the Verve Night Club; other sponsors this year include WTHI-TV 10, Blue Moon Brewing, and Scout’s Pizzeria. Tickets to get into the music festival were $20 for adults, but children 16 years or younger could enter free of charge. Families were encouraged to come and enjoy all the festival had to offer. There were also multiple places at the festival to purchase food and drink, including alcohol.

Some of the businesses selling food were Fifi’s Lunch Box, Joan & Yogi One Stop, The Federal, Sati-Babi, and KBL and Company. I particularly enjoyed the food from Sati-Babi, where I got a sati-babi shish kabob and an eggroll. I was also able to try out the Federal’s special festival drinks: the triple berry blues frappe. The blended drink had flavors of vanilla bean, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. It was so delicious and the perfect end-of-summer drink!

On Friday, the bands and artists performing included the Tommy Kelly Band, Jennie DeVoe, Montourage, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, and Ellusion. Saturday’s main stage artists included Max Allen, The Millers, Russ Green, Henthorn & Feaster, Soupbone’s Blackwater Mission, and Smokers Blues Band. There were also live art presentations hosted by the Swope Art Museum. There were painters, ceramic artists, and even a fiber artist. Additionally, the Verve set up a merchandise tent for the Blues at the Crossroads festival, where all proceeds from the T-shirt sales went towards the memorial statue for Officer Greg Ferency—A Terre Haute officer who was fatally shot this past July.

The Crossroads at the Blues music festival brings in hundreds of people from all around Terre Haute to enjoy local bands and delicious food. I had a lot of fun at the festival and enjoyed the music thoroughly. For the future of the festival, the Verve is working to get the event recognized as one of the Midwest’s Largest Blues Music Festivals. They are also hoping to host a national recording artist to perform by the 25th anniversary. Can’t wait to attend the Crossroads at the Blues festival next year!