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Blues, Brews and BBQ to take over downtown Dixon

Bags tourney to benefit Honor Flight of Lee County

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
David Gerald, a touring blues musician, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival in downtown Dixon.

DIXON – Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will take over First Street from noon to midnight Aug. 30 in downtown Dixon.

The event will feature the Bags for the Brave tournament, with proceeds going to the Honor Flight of Lee County. The tournament is being coordinated by the Dixon Police Department and Honor Flight.

The tournament will consist of one recreational division, with prizes going to the top three teams. Entry fee is $20, and registration begins at noon. Matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

The festival will feature local musicians, such as Catfish Dogs, Nate Gordon, Robbie LeBlanc and the Real Live Show, and Downtown Rhythm Kings.

Nationally touring blues artist David Gerald also will perform at the festival. The evening will be capped by Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners. The band, hailing from Chicagoland, has a Southern bluegrass style, according to a news release.

The event will feature barbecue from local food vendors Salamandra Restaurant, Baker Street, Bombdigity Bar and Grill, World Sausage Café, and Mama Cimino’s. A wide variety of choices, including brisket, chicken and sausage, will be available.

Alcohol will be served at the festival.

Admission is $5 at the door for the all-ages event. Kids ages 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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