Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival returns Aug. 13Taneka Clemons on vocals for Lockdown Blues Band performing at the 2015 BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival in Decatur. File File photo by Travis Hudgons/Decaturish.com
By Mary Margaret Stewart, contributor
The annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival will return for its 16th year on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Advance tickets sell for $12.
The festival will be a day of fun, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., benefiting local Decatur charities. It will be held in and around Harmony Park in Oakhurst.
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Prices will increase to $20 on Aug. 13.
The organizers say this year’s festival is “the biggest and best yet,” including a “multi-stage experience” to present local, regional and national performances.
The two stages’ schedules are as follows:
Harmony Park / Alexan Stage
12:30 – 1:15 Sydney Rhame
1:45 – 2:30 In The Wheelhouse
3:00 – 3:45 Jontavious Willis Trio
4:15 – 5:00 Grizzly Goat
5:30 – 6:30 Lockdown Blues Band
New Belgium/Patientco Main Stage
1:00 – 1:45 Jeff Mosier
2:15 – 3:00 Mudcat
3:30 – 4:15 Dappled Grays
4:45 – 5:45 Randall Bramblett
6:15 – 7:45 Dianne Durrett & Soul Suga
According to a press release, iin addition to several live performances, four different local barbeque restaurants will cater the menu. Attendees can look forward to a variety of styles and cuisines from Fox Bros., Williamson Bros., Sweet Auburn and Bone Lick BBQ,.
Right next to the Alexan Stage, a kids/family area will be setup in Harmony Park. Face painting and balloon animals accompanied by Atlanta Hawks and Braves team representatives will be set up in the park.
In addition to an organized kids/family area, the main festival ground will be made comfortable with 4,800 square feet of AstroTurf and water misters to keep the crowds cool, the press release says.
Michael Vajda, the festival organizer said in the press release, “It’s important that we make the venue as comfortable as possible for everyone. We encourage everyone to bring blankets, yoga mats, and beach type chairs to watch and listen to the music, but remember, no coolers are allowed.”