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Choose Between Two Options
- $18 for two tickets to the festival (up to a $15 value each) and one bottle of barbecue sauce (a $2 value; up to a $32 total value)
- $32 for four tickets to the festival (up to a $15 value each) and two bottles of barbecue sauce (a $2 value each; up to a $64 total value)
On Saturday, May 31, guests can stop by the fifth annual festival from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at DeBardeleben Park in Bessemer. Gates open at noon. Parking is free, and kids 12 and younger get in free. Guests can pick up their bottle of barbecue sauce and tickets at the event gate or beforehand at Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q.
In addition to enjoying the Bob Sykes barbecue and assortment of family-friendly activities, attendees can also enjoy the live musical performances that will be held throughout the day. The performances begin at 1 p.m. with a tribute to area juke joints led by Lenny Madden and friends. From there, the main stage will feature live shows by The J.K. Terrell Experience, the Josh Garrett Band, Claudette King—the youngest daughter of blues legend B.B. King—and Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child,” who recently won first place at the 2014 International Blues Challenge.
Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets, but coolers and pets are not allowed.
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
For the last several years, more than 2,000 people have congregated in DeBardeleben Park for one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival. There, guests can enjoy the summer sun while listening to local and national blues acts, grabbing a plate of Bob Sykes’s famous ribs, or watching kids play on the inflatable slides. Food booths, crafts, and activities draw crowds of festival-goers throughout the day, as do the face-painting booth and cool picnicking spots under the trees. Meanwhile, blues music filters through the open air like frisbees who can’t find their owners. A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit local charities.