11th Annual BBQ and Blues Festival

  • 11th Annual BBQ and Blues Festival
  • 11th Annual BBQ and Blues Festival

Event Category: Festivals, Food & Drink Events, Live Music, and Music & Nightlife

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  • Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services announce the 11th Annual BBQ & Blues Bash on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at its NEW location, Buffalo River Fest Park. 97Rock’s Rich “Bull” Gaenzler, WGRZ-Channel 2’s Lauren Hall and WIVB News 4’s Christy Kern will emcee the event. New this year, event proceeds will benefit nearly 10,000 Western New York children and families receiving support from Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services, two agencies committed to protecting and fostering good for children, youth, and families in Western New York.

    Over 1,500 music enthusiasts from across Western New York will eat, drink, and enjoy the best talent Buffalo has to offer during the region’s premier blues event, now at Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street in Buffalo, 14204.

    The outdoor concert and barbecue food-fest will feature an all-local blues lineup, including co-headliners The House Band and The Soul Providers, and featuring special guests That Gateway Band (comprised of Gateway Longview staff) and Bluenote Riders. Award-winning barbecue will be served by local favorites BW’s Smokin’ Barrels BBQ, Jake & the Fatman BBQ, and Babz BBQ. All event details and updates will be shared with #BBQBB.

    “After 10 years of growth, we are excited to move this important fundraiser to an even bigger space along the beautiful Buffalo River,” said event co-chair Michael Ervin, Gateway Longview Board Chair. “And, because we are joining forces with New Directions, event supporters will impact more local children and families than ever before.”

    “By collaborating with Gateway Longview, New Directions has the opportunity to enhance the impact and scope of the event, while keeping the same fun and laid-back atmosphere that attendees have grown to love over the past 10 years,” said Christine Weeks, President of New Directions’ Board of Trustees and event co-chair.

    Festivities will take place rain or shine. Free parking will be available across the street on a first come first served basis. Guests must be 21+ and are encouraged to bring their own chairs for the lawn chair seating area (first come first served). Sponsorship packages are available with all proceeds benefiting both Gateway Longview and New Directions, directly impacting Western New York children and families served by both agencies.

    Tickets are on sale now for $25 presale, and $30 at the event. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at gateway-longview.org/bbqbb. Ticket price includes entertainment and select refreshments from local distributors. Food tickets are available at the event for a separate donation.

    Gateway Longview cares for nearly 5,000 children and families annually from across Western New York through behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a not-for-profit agency, Gateway Longview is committed to working together to protect, to give hope, and to enrich the lives of every child and family served. For more information about Gateway Longview, please visit Gateway-Longview.org. 

    New Directions Youth and Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with a heritage going back more than 140 years. Its mission is to foster resilient, self-reliant families and permanence for at-risk children in the shortest time possible, by promoting safe, respectful, responsible, and goal-directed behavior. The agency’s mission is promoted through dedicated, caring staff and by employing its treatment philosophy of Normative Culture. For more information about New Directions Youth and Family Services, please visit fosteringgood.org.

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