Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blues, Brews & BBQ and Bags for the Brave, August 30

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Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival to hit downtown Dixon on August 30
} Festival to feature amazing line-up of music, food and beer. Bags for the Brave bags tournament to raise funds for Honor Flight of Lee County

Dixon, IL -- Blues Brews & BBQ presented by Bonnell Industries will take over First Street in downtown Dixon on August 30, featuring great Blues music, great BBQ and great beer. The event will take place on First Street between Galena and Hennepin Avenue from 12 p.m. to midnight.

An amazing line-up of music is in store for the festival with local favorites like Catfish Dogs, Nate Gordon, Robbie LeBlanc and the Real Live Show, and Downtown Rhythm Kings playing throughout the day.

Touring Blues artists David Gerald will make a stop at the festival. The son of Mississippi born and raised parents, Gerald grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit. Gerald started playing guitar at the age of 16, influenced by Prince and 80's rock guitarists. He rediscovered the blues and listened to the music of Albert King, ZZ Hill, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few. Gerald's blues have been receiving widespread radio play, along with recognition in the blues community. Recently Gerald was listed as #1 on the ReverbNation blues charts for Michigan Blues artists. His debut album "Hell and Back" reached #1 on Roots Music Report's Blues Chart for Michigan based artists and has remained in the top 20 for many weeks in a row.

The evening will be capped by Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. Labeled as “Chicago’s Red Hot, Rockin, Swamp Boogie Blues” the band has made a name for itself in the Chicagoland area playing festivals throughout the summer. They have a unique blues sound as harmonica and violin get tossed in with the songs for a southern, bluegrass feel as well.

Highlighting the event also will be a Bags for the Brave Bags Tournament to raise funds for the Honor Flight of Lee County that is being coordinated by the Dixon Police Department and Honor Flight. The tournament will consist of one recreational division with prizes to the top three teams. Entry fee is $20 for the tournament; registration begins at 12 p.m. with match play starting at 1:30 p.m.

Great BBQ will be served by Salamandra, Baker Street, Bombdigity, World Sausage CafĂ© and Mama Cimino’s. A wide variety of great barbecues from brisket to chicken to sausage will be available.

A great line-up of beers will be available throughout the day, featuring Miller Lite, Coors Light, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Revolution Anti-hero IPA, Revolution Bottom Up Wheat, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, Angry Orchard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Admission is a $5 donation at the door and it is a an all-ages event. Kids 12 and under are free.

Entertainment Schedule
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Catfish Dogs
1:30 p.m. – Honor Flight Ceremony
2-3:15 p.m. – Robbie LeBlanc
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. – Nate Gordon
5-7 p.m. – David Gerald
7:15 p.m. – Downtown Rhythm Kings
9:30 p.m. - Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners

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