News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

September 14, 2013

Belting it out at Blues at the Crossroads

TERRE HAUTE — The Blues at the Crossroads Festival, now in its 13th year, kicked off on a chilly Friday night at the historic intersection dubbed “Crossroads of America” (that is, Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue).

BluesFest, as the event is known, attracts around 8,000 fans from Terre Haute and its surrounding areas for blues, food and fun.

The event continues today with seven acts taking the stage. Five acts were scheduled to take the stage Friday night, starting at 5:15 p.m.

By nightfall, a sea of people sat along Wabash Avenue. At around 8 p.m., couples and groups energetically danced to the music of Jennie DeVoe.

Organizer Connie Wrin said the event is raising money for the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club.

The funds will “provide instruments and music lessons,” Wrin said. This year, she hopes  to raise close to $10,000 for the organization.

A kids zone will be set up today at the Vigo County School Corpor. parking lot, along with vendors, a food court and beer garden.

Wrin thanked the school corporation and the “amazing group” of volunteers that helped put the event together.

“I couldn’t do it without them,” she said.

The event took 10 months to plan and $150,000 to put together, Wrin said.

“It’s about bringing the community together to celebrate music, to celebrate the community,” said Wrin, who is also owner of downtown business, The Verve.

BluesFest also brings families together.

Before the start of the event, Maria Jarvis of Terre Haute set up two lawn chairs on the sidewalk for her and her daughter, who was en route to the event from Indianapolis.

“We do it every year” since it started, Jarvis said.

“We love the blues,” she added.

The mother-daughter duo attend both days.

“We just have a good time together,” Jarvis said.

Another duo who attend every year are Parke County residents Mark and Sheri Trendelman.

“We come here every year” and only missed one year when it rained out, Mark Trendelman — who wore a “Blues at the Crossroads” shirt — said as he sat on his lawn chair in the front row Friday.

“It’s one of the few things for which the city of Terre Haute gets united and comes out for,” he said.

“I’m into blues music,” Trendelman added.

Trendelman set up lawn chairs in the front row for his wife and friends and he has saved the spot since 3 p.m.

“This is the front row now” but it won’t be for long, he said, as people will eventually sit, stand and dance in front of the row.

“It gets kind of crazy up front. It’s fun,” Trendelman said.  

Up front and on stage, the event kicked-off with a message by Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.

“Welcome to the Crossroads of America,” he told the crowd gathered shortly after 5 p.m.

Afterwards, Bennett introduced Honey Creek Middle School students, Emily and Courtney, who sang the national anthem. The crowd cheered for the two after the song.

Then, the Center Street Jazz Quartet, whose members are middle and high school students, took the stage. They were followed by Dicky James and the Blues Flames.

One attendee clearly enjoyed Dicky James and the Blues Flames’ music.

Around 6 p.m, .Marie Maroney bravely danced — solo — in front of a growing crowd of about a hundred.

“I love to dance. I always have,” Maroney said after her dance. She added that she has no problems dancing by herself.

People sitting in the front row cheered her on and told her, “You did well.”

And she has a very good reason to dance.

“It’s my birthday weekend,” Maroney said.  

She said the BluesFest always seems to fall on her birthday weekend. She turned 61 today.

And as she danced to the music, she made sure she had her 1930s vintage blue hat on.

“It’s perfect for the blues,” Maroney said.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@ tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Human Antidepressants Making Shrimp Too Calm Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane for Global Flight Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest NASA Releases Images of "graceful" Solar Flare Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity