We at Capital Blues are readying ourselves to throw down some seriously awesome dancing and sizzlin’ hot grilling for Red Hot Blues & BBQ 2016. Memorial Day weekend will sneak up on you if you let it—it’s only five weeks away! And we have some updates to whet your appetite…
Remember to Register!
Our lowest tier has already completely sold out. However, we still have two more tiers available, at $110 and $130. What are you waiting for? Register today! Please pick the tier that suits your budgetary needs, and save a lower tier for people who need to pay a little less. If you were counting on that lowest tier to help making the pricing work, never fear: you can sign up to volunteer to make up the difference.
Do your community and your wallet a favor. If you want to volunteer to help make this delectable event run smoothly, please e-mail our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We reimburse you for each hour you work, and we’d love to have your help.
Dance to Amazing Music!
4 fabulous bands and 5 great DJs are all putting together the music that will make this year extra-special. We are very excited to bring you live blues music from: Bushmaster Blues featuring Gary Brown on Friday night; Corey Harris Blues Band at the Saturday main dance; Miss Freddye’s Blues Band at the Saturday late night dance; and Anna Cecilia and the Big Time to close it out on Sunday night. Head on over to our bands page to learn more about each of these great bands and get a taste of their musical talent.
And let’s not forget the DJs who will keep the party going when the band stops.We have Boris Glebov, Dan Repsch, Laney Barhaugh, Ben Long, and Julie Brown to bring it with their fantastic, irresistible sets during band breaks and at the late-night and afternoon dances.
9 Stellar Venues!
We have a confirmed line-up of nine (!) magical venues for eating and dancing all weekend long. Both our Saturday night venues are special and new, and the rest of our venues are favorites from past exchanges. What’s more, this year most of our venues are accessible by public transit, making it easier to get around if you don’t have a car or you’re from faraway lands. Our shiny Venues page details each and every venue, complete with photos, maps, and advice on how to get there. Star them as favorites on Google Maps now for an easier weekend.
Throw Down Your Best BBQ!
Do you have a succulent BBQ recipe you would love to grill up? A tasty vegetarian BBQ technique to prove tofu is equal to bacon? Come show it off in our food competitions! While our brand-new dessert competition is already booked up solid, the classic meat & veggie BBQ competitions on Sunday still have open slots! Full competition rules and judging criteria are here. We currently have TWO meat BBQ slots and ONE veggie BBQ slot open—register for the glory now, before you lose your chance! Sign up as part of registration on the food tab (if you’re already registered, you can go back to edit your registration to add a comp).
What Are Your Food Needs?
As if those competitions weren’t enough, we’ll have full meals at the late-night dances, and a catered BBQ prior to the dessert comp on Saturday—all included in your registration! See the menu here, and it’s a good idea to invest in some stretchy pants now. Capital Blues is committed to providing vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options whenever possible and accounting for food allergies. But a quarter of those who have registered already forgot to fill out the food tab on registration! So please be sure to declare your food preferences, restrictions and/or allergies when you register. Help us help you eat happily and safely.
Tl;dr: Please register! Volunteer! Live performances! Superb DJs! All the food! Sunshine! Friends! Get pumped, and we’ll see you in May!