By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- To some, blues and barbecue is a pairing made in heaven. So, when Crawdaddy's N'Awlins Grill and Raw Bar and Bourbon Street BBQ decided to produce a blues event, pairing with The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast was a no-brainer.
The producers invited acts such as The Nouveaux Honkies and Stoney House and the Rockers to play, and from that, the inaugural Jensen Beach Blues and BBQ Festival was born.
"This is the first year we're having the festival," explained Patti Gamble, Blues Alliance spokeswoman. "We are hoping to grow the event each year, bring in more entertainment and raise more money for local scholarships."
The event, which will take place at Indian Riverside Park Dockside Pavilion, will feature vendors, live music, great food and cold beverages. Patrons are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to soak in all of the sights and sounds.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Blue's Alliance Scholarship fund which provides two $500 scholarships to local students attending Indian River State College.
Acts that will take the stage Friday night include The Jensen Beach All-Stars from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and The Nouveaux Honkies, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday's entertainment includes Double Nickel from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Bobby and the Blisters from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Gregg Jackson and Kurtis Wilson from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Delta Dave and the Lagoon Squad from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and rounding out the event, Stoney and the House Rockers from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
The event will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Indian Riverside Park Dockside Pavilion in Jensen Beach.
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