Barbecue, blues set for Lumberyard
Those looking to sample the new barbecue restaurant in town and listen to some blues music should visit downtown Baldwin City Saturday night.
For the third straight year, the annual Lumberyard Arts Center Project (LACP) Blues and Barbecue will be held. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than the previous two years.
"The first two years were better than we expected, but this year should be even better," LACP co-chairman Sandy Cardens said. "I am really excited. I think everybody is going to love it this year."
The LACP is once again the host for the event that will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lumberyard Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10.
Hickory Creek Barbecue will be cooking the food this year again. Hickory Creek has also opened a new restaurant in the building that formerly housed Walt's Pizza Cafe on High Street.
"We are pleased that this year, we again have the good fortune to have Ric Gere of Hickory Creek Barbecue doing the meat smoking honors," Cardens said.
This year's music looks to be better than ever with two bands from the Kansas City Blues Society playing.
"I really wanted to get a true blues band this year," said Annie France, LAC management team member. "The music in the past has been great, but it hasn't been true blues. I have really enjoyed the past music, but I wanted to get some real blues this year."
The band Howlin' Steve and the Soul Shakers will be performing along with Shannon and the Rhythm Kings.
France and Cardens worked hard to get the bands to play at the event.
"We did a search for blues bands and narrowed it down to a few, and then those two agreed to play at the event," France said. "They have been very generous to play for us for free. These are high quality bands that we could never afford to pay for. We're thrilled to have them here."
France also said that Shannon and the Rhythm Kings are from a small town, which helped bring them here.
She hopes the two bands help draw some new people to the event.
"There are two kinds of people who will come to this," France said. "The one kind is people who want to support us. They will come eat our tacos or barbecue. It doesn't matter, they just want to support us.
"The other kind of people are those who aren't familiar with the event, but they love blues bands," France said. "We hope they come support a good cause and listen to some good blues music."
More information on the bands can be found at www.lumberyardartscenter.org.
Cardens said people are welcome to bring chairs to listen to the music Saturday.
"The bands will be indoors again this year, but people can still bring their lawn chairs if they want to sit and listen to the band after they eat their barbecue dinner," Cardens said.
She is glad that the event has been popular enough to come back for a third year and she is ready for it to be here.
"We've gotten community support for this and they all have come out," Cardens said. "I hope people like it well enough so that we can continue to have it. I am tickled for it to start. The food is going to be great and weather is going to be wonderful."