Music festivals get thousands of people moving as one, much like a championship-level hypnotist. Feel the music with this GrouponLive deal to the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. Gates open at 2 p.m. both days. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get two-day general-admission passes for 2 (up to a $20 value)
- For $20, you get two-day general-admission passes for 4 (up to a $40 value)
- For $30, you get two-day general-admission passes for 6 (up to a $60 value)
- For $40, you get two-day general-admission passes for 10 (up to a $100 value)
Children aged 5 years and younger get in free.
With two days of blues and rock musicians and barbecue contests, the third-annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival transforms L. Don Dodson Drive into a parade of Southern food and music. The tunes kick off at 2:30 p.m. both days, with Kenny Wayne Shepherd headlining Saturday’s concert and Keb’ Mo’ closing on Sunday. Known for their 1998 radio-friendly lament “Blue on Black,” Shepherd and his band returned to their roots on 2011’s How I Go, which races from the chugging rock of “Never Lookin’ Back” to the James Brown–tinged blues ballad “Dark Side of Love.” Saturday’s show will also feature Serbian songstress Ana Popovic, whose liquid-pearl voice is offset by the preternaturally bluesy slow burn of 18-year-old vocal prodigy Kayla Reeves.
On Sunday, Texas natives including the fleet-fingered Guitar Shorty and the honky-tonk-minded Buddy Whittington show off the range of Lone Star rock. Hopping over a few states for inspiration, accordionist C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band display soulful, fast-paced zydeco. Finally, the butter-smooth storytelling style of Grammy-winning musician Keb’ Mo’ brings down the house, an especially impressive feat at an outdoor festival. Since his 1994 debut album—which AllMusic.com praised for its “gutsy guitar playing and impassioned vocals”—the man born Kevin Moore has let his voice expand into a mellower sound. Keeping time with his Robert Johnson–inspired blues licks, it skims along light, love-inspired grooves as easily as it touches on heavier emotional territory such as last year’s “We Don’t Need It,” a tale of a family man losing his job.