TIME: 5pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat
The 11th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQs will be held Friday, Aug. 22, 5-midnight and Saturday, Aug. 23, noon-midnight. Downtown Springfield, Inc., Robert "Chick" Fritz Distributing, and Neuhoff Media are proud to announce this year's band lineup, including headliners Victor Wainright & The Wild Roots (Friday, 10 pm) and The Lee Boys & Sacred Steel (Saturday, 10:00 p.m.) Additional performances include: Kicked to The Curb (Friday) 5:30 p.m.; Josh Hoyer & Shadow Boxer (Friday) 7:00 p.m.; Harper & Midwest Kind (Friday) 8:30 p.m.; Hard Road Blues Band (Saturday) 5:30 p.m.; Mary Jo Curry & Tombstone Bullet (Saturday) 7:00 p.m.; and The Blue Suns (Saturday) 8:30 p.m. Whether you like your blues Chicago, Texas or Memphis style, your BBQ Memphis, Kansas City or Carolina style, the Old Capitol Blues and BBQ has something for everyone!
The BBQ competition is smokin' hot with prizes awarded in the rib, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, open, dessert and Grand Champion categories. Cast your votes for the People's Choice Favorite BBQ, Festive Booth, and Hospitality awards. Winners will be announced Saturday, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the main stage (5th & Adams). Vendors present a variety of mouth-watering menu selections including: ribs, pulled pork, pork chops, brisket, ribeyes, chicken wings, BBQ nachos, kabobs, potato salad, slaw, fried green tomatoes and peach cobbler. A variety of beverages will also be available for purchase. Food and beverage tickets are $1.00 each. The food and beverage ticket tent is located at Fifth and Washington Streets. Must have wristband to purchase food and beverage tickets; and be 21 or older to purchase alcohol.
The 9th Annual Illinois Central Blues Club Challenge kicks-off at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, on the Illinois Central Blues Club (ICBC) stage, (near Fourth and Washington Street entrance). Bands, solo and duo acts compete for the opportunity to represent the ICBC at the 2015 Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information and registration details, visit www.icbluesclub.org, or contact Michael Rapier, President of the ICBC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-899-9422. Deadline to apply is Aug. 5, 2014.
County Market Kid's Zone presents a variety of free family entertainment and activities from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 23; including "Ham It Up" Karaoke (in-between acts); DePriest Puppet Show (2:00 p.m.); Magic by Jim Percy (3:00 p.m.); Harmonica Workshop by Mark Russillo (4:00 p.m.); Brian The Juggler (5:00 p.m.); Face Painting and Balloon Art by Sunshyne the Clown and Tim the Twister (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.); an art banner and new Lincoln era games and activities. All children's activities will be located on the NW corner of the Old State Capitol lawn, near the intersection of Fifth and Washington Streets.
Gate admission is $10 each day which includes (4) food and beverage tickets; children 12 and under are free. Save with advance admission and food & beverage ticket packages available online via Eventbrite at www.downtownspringfield.org. Package options include: DSI Member Special -$8 (1) Admission and (5) food/beverage tickets; Early Bird - $10 (1) Admission and (5) food/beverage tickets; Two for $20 – (2) Admission and (12) food/beverage tickets; Party of Four - $40 (4) Admission and (24) food/beverage tickets. Online discount packages are available until Noon on Friday, August 22. To redeem advance ticket packages, print out confirmation and present at the 4th & Washington admission gate.
Admission gates will be located near the intersections of Fourth and Washington, Sixth and Washington, Fifth and Adams, and Fifth and Jefferson. Underground parking at the Old State Capitol will be open until 1 a.m. and costs $9.75 per day or 75 cents per half hour. Additional downtown parking locations are listed on the DSI website.
Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the great downtown hotels conveniently located within walking distance of the event. Take advantage of special event packages which includes two adult admissions and 20 food/beverage tickets with room reservation; available at The State House Inn, the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center (Double Tree); Hilton Springfield, and Carpenter Street Hotel.
The Old Capitol Blues & BBQs is a Downtown Springfield, Inc. event sponsored by Robert "Chick" Fritz Distributing, Neuhoff Media Communications, County Market, Illinois Central Blues Club, The State House Inn, Town & Country Bank, Marine Bank, Bank of Springfield, Hanson Professional Services, R.W. Troxell & Co., Kerber, Eck & Braeckel, McGladrey and Illinois Times. For complete event information, please visit www.downtownspringfield.org or call 217-544-1723.