Blues Festival forced indoors

By WEEK Producer

September 1, 2012 Updated Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The wet weather hasn't exactly hit a high note with the Illinois Blues Festival. For the first time in its 24-year history the event has been forced indoors.

The annual show of top blues headliners normally plays down on the Peoria riverfront, but thanks to the interruption from Mother Nature its been moved to Expo Gardens.

Show promoter Jay Goldberg hopes the rain doesn't water down attendance too much.

"Unfortunately I'm sure it will," said Goldberg. "But last night we had over a thousand people come out, which was amazing, and we're hoping we'll have every bit that many or maybe more tonight."

In past years the Illinois Blues Festival has drawn an average of about 2,000 music lovers.