GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a family-friendly fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 15. The event opens 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.
The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening at additional cost. In addition to barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, the special menu available at The Thirsty Turtle includes pulled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and home fries. Additionally, cheesecake with strawberry drizzle will be offered for dessert.
According to DCCA Artistic director Keith Rawlins, two of the best guitarists in the country will be on stage at Turtle Creek on July 15. “Combining Jeff Madewell’s incredible guitar chops with Erin Higgins melodic voice creates a musical experience worth traveling miles to hear. Add to that Jay Jesse Johnson, known as the cream of the crop in contemporary blues, and you are assured an exciting evening of outstanding music,” Rawlins said. Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Matt and Angie Arnold, Tom and Jennifer Bish, George and Becky Luce, and Bob and Jean McLear.
DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan 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,” Jordan said. 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 and their support of the arts in our community,” Ms. Jordan 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 reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.