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Friday, August 29, 2014

Blues, Views & BBQ Set for Weekend

(Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Aug. 17.)

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s (WDMA) seventh annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival is scheduled for the fourth year in a row for Labor Day weekend on the grounds of the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the Imperial Avenue parking lot, WDMA officials said.

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Last year, about 10,000 attended the WDMA event that raises funds to support local charities, and event coordinators are hoping for an even bigger turnout.

“It will be the strongest musical lineup, fiercest barbecue competition, and spiciest selection of food and drink vendors yet,” said Lee DeMonico, WDMA spokesperson. “This festival isn’t just blues or barbecue. It’s a huge downtown Westport party for all ages and tastes.”

According to DeMonico, the festival will boast an array of array of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, “funk, soul, and jam talent,” including: Spin Doctors; Rick Derringer; Bill Kirchen, Popa Chubby; Anders Osborne; Mia Borders; Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Raw Oyster Cult; Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys; Rory Block; Coco Montoya Band; and Connecticut’s own Bobby Paltauf Band.

“This genre-straddling lineup is sure to please anyone from the grassroots neophyte to the discerning blues aficionado,” DeMonico said.

One can also expect the air to be redolent with the scents of pit masters’ smoke and spice as the “Cookin’ for a Cause” barbecue competition for chicken and pork ribs gets underway Saturday in the Imperial Avenue parking lot, DeMonico said.

“As it is every year, this competition will be sanctioned, presided over and judged by the foremost American barbecue authority, the Kansas City BBQ Society,” DeMonico said.

WDMA officials say proceeds will benefit the Westport Woman’s Club Food Closet, which provides more than 500 bags of non-perishable food and over $15,000 in grocery gift cards annually to local families in need.

All access pass admission is $60 on Saturday, $35 for Sunday, and $80 for the two days.. The all access pass includes the Family Fun Fest and access to the Levitt Pavilion. Admission Wallet-friendly ticketing for the Family Fun Fest is $10, and children 12 and under get in free with a paid adult.


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