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Get Your Blues On!

Barbecue is one of the top food choices of all time, in our opinion. But it really tastes the best while listening to some good old-fashioned down-home blues.

If you agree, head to the Blues BBQ Festival at Pier 97 in Clinton next Saturday, August 19th, for some pulled pork and wailing roots guitar.

The lineup is eclectic: The Campbell Brothers play African-American gospel music with electric steel guitars and vocals, a musical marriage of the spiritual and the rocking. San Francisco-based jazz, blues and soul vocalist Terri Odabi will also be on hand. New Orleans funksters Dumpstaphunk blend dueling baselines with, “the dirtiest rhythm section on the planet.” (Yes!) Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been around for 35 years and play the whole gamut: Chicago Blues and Kansas City Swing, topped off with swampy Louisiana sounds.

Harlem’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be on hand, as will local mini-chain Mighty Quinn’s. Brooklyn’s Pig Beach will be bringing their smoke. Vegetarian butcher shop and delicatessen Monk’s Meats will provide the seitan steaks and shiitake burgers for all the non-meat-eaters, so they’re not left out. Dessert will be provided by the ever-yummy Melt ice cream sandwich makers.

So head over to Pier 97 (at 59th Street on the Hudson River) at 2 p.m. next Saturday, for the free music and a sumptuous, soulful afternoon!

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