Cross River Roots and Blues Festival: ‘Everything you need all under one roof’

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The 8th annual Cross River Roots and Blues Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Port Cape Girardeau, and according to local musician Ivas John and the show’s founder, “it’s all centered around the music.”

“My idea with starting this mini festival was to bring together musicians I’ve met in different places in Chicago, Missouri and in Kentucky,” John said Wednesday.

And that’s where the name “cross rivers” comes from, he explained, adding that musicians from both sides of the river come together for the one-night event.

The festival gives people a chance to experience music they may otherwise not come into contact with, he said.

John started the festival after moving from Carbondale, Illinois. Before that, he lived in Chicago and has lived in Cape Girardeau for about six years, he said.

He’s been playing music professionally for the last 15 years, and throughout his experiences and travels, he’s met many different musicians around the Midwest, John said.

“It’s big for me, in a sense, that I get to see a lot of these musicians that maybe I don’t run into but maybe a couple times a year,” he said. “It’s also great for the fans of the music, to have the music come to them right here in Cape.”