- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:24
- Written by Emily Barlow
As a community that doesn't shy away from procuring a diverse, rich culture of music, we see something genuine in each live performance at one of the many venues across Cape. The Cross Rivers Blues Festival on March 1, now in its third year, radiates that music culture.
There is something delightfully intimate about the blues whether you are sitting toe to toe with the artist or sitting on the other side of a packed lounge inundated with the tunes. Ivas John of Cape has made it his life's work to shine a spotlight on the blues. "I have performed professionally for 10 years or so now, so I've played every venue within 200 miles," he said. "I have met all of [this year's Cross Rivers Blues Festival] performers over the past years, and I really want to give people the opportunity to hear these great musicians in one place."
Featuring local artists and international legends, the Cross Rivers Blues Festival has created great opportunity for fans of the blues to hear several great musicians. This year's performers include Big Larry Williams, Rockin Johnny Burgin, Bruce Zimmerman and the Waterstreet Band, Doug Rees, and the Ivas John Band. They will perform live at Port Cape in Downtown Cape Girardeau.
Port Cape has buzzed with the sounds of the blues before. From regular performers to the blues festival that has been held there in its two years prior, the venue holds certain value. "When you're at Port Cape you feel like you're somewhere. It has a lot of history. If the walls could talk they would have a lot of stories. Blues music has a lot of history too, so it makes sense to do it at Port Cape," John said. He also mentioned being right on the river adds character to the location as well.
All throughout the evening, a cash bar will be available as well as appetizers which are included in the ticket price. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to come early if you want to get a good seat, as in years past, the event has sold out with standing room only. Tickets are currently on sale at Port Cape, Shivelbine's Music, and Hempies for $15. They will also be available at the door for $18.