BBQ n’ Blues

blues and bbq

In its 2nd YEAR! The 1st Annual BBQ-n-Blues was such a success- we’re doing it again! On September 11, 2015, we’ll be celebrating with Bands, BBQ & a Rib Cook-Off Contest. Held on 1st Street between Marquette & Gooding in historic LaSalle, bands will begin at 4:00 pm with the Rib Cook-Off turn in around 6:00 pm with winner announced at 8pm. Enjoy blues sounds through 11:00 or so- and don’t forget to grab some legendary BBQ from one of our vendors!

Man putting sauce on ribs at the BBQ n’ Blues festival.


BBQ-n-Blues Bands

Crossroads – 4:00 PMCrossroads

Steve Cerqua and his band Crossroads have been keeping the blues tradition alive in the Illinois Valley for the past 20 years. Covering music by such artists as Robert Johnson, Muddy Water, Bonamassa and many more!

Written Warning – 5:30 PMWritten Warning

Screaming guitar and whaling harmonica amplifies this modern day soulful blues band to an impressive sonic level. Whether playing for a small crowd or a packed concert hall, Written Warning delivers and connects with every member of the audience.

The Lizzi Neal Band – 7:00 PMlizzi Neal Band

The Lizzi Neal Band from Northern Illinois is blues with a kick of TNT.
They have won the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) award for …Blues Band Artist of the Year two years straight.

Morry Sochat – 8:30 PMMorrysochat

Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.

Back Pack Jones – 10:00 PM

Back Pack Jones at the Blues Blast

 Back Pack Jones is an Illinois-based rhythm and blues band that has hit the international blues scene in just over two years after the band’s formation in 2012.  The band’s success skyrocketed after performing at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in 2013, recognized in the top third of blues bands from across the globe. – See more at:
Back Pack Jones brings a high-energy show led by the charismatic and extremely talented front man “Big Mike Wallace” and a show chock-full of Back Pack Jones original blues.

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