DARKE COUNTY — Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes sponsors of the upcoming Barbecue and Blues fundraiser. The music for this year’s event is sponsored by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and the Jordan Insurance Agency. DCCA will host the fun-filled fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 14.
“DCCA is fortunate to be part of a community where individuals and local businesses help make Darke County a great place to live,” DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated. The sponsorships will cover the cost of the entertainment allowing the ticket monies generated from Barbecue and Blues to help offset the costs of presenting high quality performing artists throughout DCCA’s upcoming 2017-2018 season. “Local support of fundraising events is greatly appreciated and enables DCCA to continue encouraging cultural enrichment in Darke County and to offer opportunities for learning and growing through the arts,” concluded Jordan.
Erwin Brothers will provide the stage for the evening and The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening, with a special menu featuring BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, pulled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and kettle chips from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The music begins at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites Higgins-Madewell providing their unique blend of strong vocals and amazing acoustic guitar work. Modern-day blues virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson will be the headlining music act; known for “setting the blues on fire from both ends,” Johnson plays smoking slow blues as well as fast-paced rocking boogie. Tickets for the event are $10; food and drink are not included in the ticket price.
DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins says that “Barbecue and Blues has become an extremely popular summertime event. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with lively, listenable music in a lovely setting,” The proceeds from Barbecue and Blues support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA’s Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children’s Theatre. “Without fundraisers such as these, DCCA could not provide AIE at no charge to students, Family Theatre tickets for $5, or hands-on theatre experience with MCT at no cost to participants. DCCA is grateful to Turtle Creek for hosting this fantastic event,” Rawlins concluded.
In case of inclement weather, Barbecue and Blues will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 and ordered online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.