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Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival announces 2017 lineup

This year’s Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival has announced their lineup and full scope of programming for this year — which now takes place at Market Place Mall (2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign). It’ll take place on June 23th and 24th this year.

Check out the Facebook event for the full scoop, but here’s a little bit regarding location and music:

Join us this summer as we celebrate 10 years of fantastic blues music, refreshing brews, and that sweet, sweet, savory BBQ at Champaign-Urbana’s one and only Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival!! 

We’ve got one of the best lineup the festival has ever seen, new BBQ vendors and much much more coming your way this June! Keep an eye on this page for announcements, VIP ticket sales, vendor, staff & volunteer signups, sponsors and everything Blues, Brews & BBQ! Festival information included below.

* * * NEW LOCATION!! * * *

This year the festival will be located in the Old Theater Parking Lot on the North East corner of the Market Place Shopping Center property located at 2000 N Neil St. in Champaign, IL 61820. As many of you know the festival has been bursting at the seams in downtown Champaign for the past few years and we are happy to announce that we have secured a larger venue area that will allow us plenty of room for future growth! This new location provides us with almost three times the area of our former downtown location and provides our vendors, guests, & staff the opportunity to park within a stone’s throw from the festival grounds and we can’t wait to see you all out there!

Time: On Friday, June 23rd, the festival gates will open at 3PM and the festival grounds will remain open to the public until midnight. On Saturday, June 24th, the festival will reopen at noon and remain open until midnight.

Main Stage Lineup!

Friday, June 23rd:
3:00 – 4:40 : WEFT Community Radio
5:00 – 6:30 – Robert H. Sampson
6:50 – 8:20 – Toronzo Cannon Chicago Blues-man
8:40 – 10:10 – Bernard Allison
10:30 – Close – Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Saturday, June 24th:
12:00 – 2:00 – WEFT Community Radio
2:25 – 3:55 – Kevin Cory
4:15 – 4:45 – Dinosores Motorcycle Club Awards Ceremony
5:00 – 6:30 – Candy Foster
6:50 – 8:20 – Selwyn Birchwood Band
8:40 – 10:10 – Mr. Sipp ” The Mississippi Blues Child “
10:30 – Close – Robert Randolph & the Family Band

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