CEDAR RAPIDS — Perfect weather provided ideal accompaniment for the third annual Czech Village Blues.
An enthusiastic crowd filled a good portion of 16th Avenue SW, where the stage was set due to ongoing construction of flood protection around Sokol Park, where last year’s festival was centered.
The 2019 Czech Village Blues, hosted by the Linn County Blues Society and Friends of Czech Village, featured headliner Toronzo Cannon of Chicago, along with Canadian blues artist, Anthony Gomes, and opening act, local favorite, Charlie Morgan and the Bone Crushers featuring Tommy “T-Bone” Giblin.
Iowa favorite Kevin “B.F.” Burt joined Cannon onstage with his signature blues harmonica and vocals.
Czech Village Blues also featured a youth stage for young, local blues performers.
The event is a fundraising effort to restore the Riverside Roundhouse, a site for farmers markets since 1963 that was dismantled after the 2008 flood.
Related: Roundhouse rebuilding efforts
Last year, more than 1,500 spectators attended, bringing in $30,000 in revenue for the roundhouse and related efforts.
See photos from last year’s Czech Village Blues and more from the 2019 festival, below: