Our best event, the Blues & Barbecue Festival is scheduled for this weekend. The forecast doesn’t look great, but we’ve had a lot more rain forecast than has actually fallen lately, so it may turn out to be OK weather-wise.
Gates will open at 11:30 Saturday. No coolers, guns, dogs, or food and drink allowed, other than what’s available from the vendors.
Breaking Point Band is up first, followed by the Shufflejunkies at 2:00. The Crossroads Band is on at 4:00. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers are on at 6:00. The Georgia Blues Brothers, a Blues Brothers tribute act will close the show, starting around 8:00. No doubt this schedule is apt to slip a bit, as always at an event of this sort.
When I try to go to the festival website for information on the vendors, Norton blocks the search, so I can’t tell you about that. About the music, I can say that the Crossroads Band is excessively uninspiring to someone who first heard the blues in the mid-1960s on the south and west side of Chicago. And a Blues Brothers tribute band is somewhere way out past uninspiring. Dwayne Dopsie is the winner here, in my opinion, but I haven’t heard the first two acts.
Tickets are $10, under 12 free, except $5 for inflatable rides at the Kids Corner.
It looks like the Breaking Point Band will play the Blues Train and the block party at the train station afterwards. I’ll miss the Buckner Brothers, who held this gig for a number of years.
Lots more things up this weekend: