6th Annual Hot Blues and BBQ Just One Week Away

Hot Blues and BBQ, the Village of Oxford, the Oxford Downtown Development Authority, and the Detroit Blues Society are proud to announce that the 6th annual HOT BLUES AND BBQ will be held June 17-19, 2010.

• The Thursday, June 17th event will be held from 7pm-9pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI
• The Friday, June 18th event will be held from 7pm-10:30pm in Centennial Park in Downtown Oxford, MI.
• The Saturday June 19th event will be held from 12pm to 12:30am, in beautiful Scripter Park, in the Village of Oxford, Michigan.

The festival has returned to a 3-day format after several years of tinkering with several different combinations. According to festival producer, Steve Allen, the three-day timeframe gives the Village and the event a larger period for maximum exposure. Again this year all events on all 3 days are absolutely free of charge for admission. This is being done again this year due the continuing poor state of the Michigan economy and to allow families a weekend of fun without the worries of money. Close-in parking will be $5 on Saturday.

THE THURSDAY EVENT

The Thursday Night Event is combined with Oxford’s weekly “Concerts in Centennial Park” Series, will feature Blues rocker, Randy Brock, and admission is absolutely free. Time is from 7pm-9pm.

THE FRIDAY KICKOFF EVENT
The Oxford DDA Kickoff Night will feature Blues performances from 3 regional acts, all of which are well known in their own right. The park will open at 6:00pm and admission is absolutely free. Food will be available on premises as well as all over downtown. The musical lineup for this event will feature (along with their performance times):

• THE ROBIN MOORE BAND (7:00pm)
• THE JAKE BISHOP BAND (8:00pm)
• THE ALLIGATORS (9:00pm)

Immediately following the performances there will be a KICKOFF PARTY at Casa Real (2 doors north of the park) and will feature The Front Street Blues Band. This event is absolutely free.

THE SATURDAY EVENTS

THE 2010 DETROIT BLUES CHALLENGE
The Detroit Blues Challenge at Hot Blues and BBQ is the 4th preliminary round of the annual Detroit Blues Society Challenge where the overall judged winner will move on to the Challenge Finals in October. In 2009, 6 preliminary rounds were staged plus the Finals. In 2010, there will be 4 rounds plus the Finals. The overall winners of the Finals will go on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2011.

In this, the 3rd round of the Blues Challenge, the competitors will be (along with their performance times):
• THE HATCHETMEN (12:00pm)
• G’JAI’S JOOK JOINT (12:30pm)
• THIRSTY PERCH BLUES BAND (1:00pm)
• CIDY ZOO (1:30pm)

Each Band will play one 20-minute set of original music, and will be judged by a panel of music professionals in accordance with International Blues Challenge rules to determine an overall winner of this round. The winner will be announced at around 2:00 pm.

There will also be a people’s choice award for the crowd’s favorite band. Patrons will vote with dollar bills and the band with the highest total of votes will win. All monies raised will benefit the Detroit Blues Society’s Blues Challenge Prize Fund. The Detroit Blues Society is a registered 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible.

HOT BLUES AND BBQ MAIN EVENT
Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 will feature spectacular Blues performances from a star-studded cast of musicians from across the state of Michigan. Along with the musical performances, the event also features BBQ Vendors, the Hubert Distributors – Bud Light Beer Garden, Retail Vendors, Swimming, Picnicking, a Playground, Raffles, and an entire day of family fun for all. The gates will open at 11:00am and admission is absolutely free.

The musical lineup for 2010 looks like a who’s who of Blues music and will feature (along with their performance times):

LESTER’S BLUES (2:00pm)
JAM SAMICH (3:00pm)
KATHLEEN BOLTHOUSE BAND (4:00pm)
CROSSROADS BLUES BAND (5:00pm)
THE FLYING LATINI BROTHERS (6:00pm)
RUSTY WRIGHT BAND (7:00pm)
DAVID GERALD BAND (8:00pm)
BROKEN ARROW BLUES BAND (9:00pm)
THE BOA CONSTRICTORS (10:00pm)
MOTOR CITY JOSH AND THE BIG 3 (11:00pm)

Hot Blues and BBQ 2010 is now accepting sponsors, vendors, and volunteers for this exciting event. If you are interested, please contact us at the address below.

Event / Media Contact:
Steven J. Allen – Executive Producer
40 Burdick Woods Ct.
Oxford, MI 48371
(248) 249-5287
sallen8961@aol.com

HOT BLUES WEBSITE

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