ORLANDO MAYOR DYER HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL BLUES B-Q Free Blues Music, Barbecue and Fun


PrintOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer invites Central Florida residents and visitors to the 8th annual Blues B-Q in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, March 1.  Injecting the blues genre into the Downtown culture, this FREE blues festival is presented with community partner STAR 94.5, attracts music fans from across the state.
Blues B-Q is one of the City of Orlando’s four signature events and features national and local blues acts as well as Orlando’s finest mouth-watering barbecue available for purchase.
Mayor Dyer is proud to announce that this year’s Blues B-Q will feature American blues and R&B/soul singer, Denise LaSalle.  LaSalle was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.  Most recently in 2013, LaSalle was nominated for Blues Music Award in the “Soul Blues Female Artist” category.  Also performing at Blues B-Q this year is Miami based group, The Lee Boys, a funk and gospel band.  The Lee Boys, known for their unique “sacred steel” sound, have played or toured with musical artists such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos and many more.  This year’s event will also feature local blues talent.
Barbecue from Bubbalou’s BBQ, Serena’s BBQ, Cave Inn BBQ, Smokey Jay’s BBQ, and Caribbean Sunshine Bakery will be available for purchase.
BACKGROUND:
Now in its eighth year, Blues B-Q boasts previous headline acts such as GRAMMY Award winning artists Buddy Guy, The Robert Cray Band, Jonny Lang and Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor.  Other performers have included GRAMMY nominated Shemekia Copeland and John Mayall, “The Godfather of British Blues.”
WHO: 
Denise LaSalle
The Lee Boys
WHEN: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: 
Corner of Garland Avenue and Central Boulevard at 25 South Garland Avenue.
PARKING: 
From Orange Avenue, head west on Central Boulevard for parking in the Central Garage at 55 West Central Boulevard (regular garage rates will be in effect).
The free LYMMO circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at garages other than the Central Garage. For LYMMO stop information, visit GoLynx.com.

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