Taking to the streets for some Blues, Brews and Barbecue
Dance in the streets with some barbecue and a beer with a chance to raise money for a historic downtown theater in Chambersburg, Pa.
Blues, Brews and Barbecue returns to the back lot at The Capitol Theatre Center on Saturday, May 4, featuring a lineup of local and national bands, domestic brews and finger lickin’ barbecue.
The back lot can be accessed through the main front entrance of The Capitol Theatre Center under the big marquee at 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m., rain or shine.
Typically, the event attracts more than 1,000 people to the event which combines cold beer, barbecue and live music.
“It has been a really great community event and since the very first year it’s grown with more and more people coming to be outside and bring their friends and lawn chairs to enjoy some great food and great music,” said Melanie Meyers, event chairperson.
“It’s a nice change of pace and is a great way to give back.”
While attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, the blues music can get everyone on their feet. Performances by blues bands include Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls (1 to 2:30 p.m.), Rudy and the Bluefish (3 to 4:30 p.m.) and Skyla Burrell Band (5 to 6:30 p.m.)
Two of the bands have local ties to the Tri-State area. Skyla Burrell Band is a high energy electric band with Chambersburg roots, while Rudy and the Bluefish is a Maryland-based group that performs a mix of blues, R&B, soul, funk, jazz, swing and rock.
Hempen Hill BBQ of Hagerstown will be among the food vendors along with Uncle Moe’s Soul Food, which will bring its Louisiana southern-style soul food.
“We’ll have some fantastic barbecue again this year from local vendors,” Meyers said.
According to Meyers, the event has gained a good following and brings many returning attendees.
“We have a lot of repeat families coming back each year and it’s fun to see everyone out enjoying the weather and each other in a fun environment,” Meyers said.
This is the event’s ninth year with proceeds benefiting The Capitol Theatre Center Foundation. Money raised is used for the theater’s general operating expenses and also helps to broaden the theater’s demographics.
“It’s a fun way to kick off the month of May for a good cause,” Meyers said.
Cost is $12 and includes entry into the event and a souvenir glass (while supplies last), while it is $9 for non-drinkers or designated drivers only. Food and beverages are sold separately and all ages require entry.
Game of chance tickets will also be available for purchase.
“It’s on rain or shine so come on down,” Meyers said. “If the weather is bad it will be inside the theater.”
Top photo: The scene of Blues, Brews and Barbecue, which takes place outside The Capitol Theatre Center back lot on Saturday, May 4. (Submitted photo)