Cam­bridge Main Street host­ing GrooveFEST

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CAM­BRIDGE — Down­town Cam­bridge is pre­par­ing for a new fes­ti­val, sched­uled for Satur­day, Sept. 16, called GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews & BBQ.

Cam­bridge Main Street is or­ga­niz­ing the event to take over from its tra­di­tional mid-Septem­ber event known as “Sum­mer Send-Off.” Ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in the 500-block of Poplar Street and the 400-block of Race Street.

GrooveFEST: Blues Brews & BBQ will of­fer a fun and funky bar­be­cue and mu­sic fes­ti­val that will tap into the mu­si­cal and funky her­itage of the town known as “Groove City,” which got its name from the na­tional per­form­ing acts that per­formed on Pine Street in the hey day of jazz and blues.

The event will fea­ture a free street fes­ti­val along with sev­eral new tick­eted events, in­clud­ing a bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion, walk­ing tour, in­ter­views with fes­ti­val mu­si­cians, a pop up af­ter party and more. Ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin at noon and run though the evening.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased for in­di­vid­ual events along with a $55 VIP ticket.

Tick­ets are on sale now and are avail­able on­line or by call­ing Cam­bridge Main Street at 443-477-0843. In­di­vid­ual tick­ets are avail­able for each sched­uled event ac­tiv­ity or a VIP pack­age also is avail­able. The VIP Pack­age in­cludes a num­ber of spe­cial fes­ti­val perks, in­clud­ing ac­cess to the en­ter­tain­ers lounge, ded­i­cated event park­ing and more.

In the af­ter­noon, join in on con­ver­sa­tion hosted by “Lady Spins the Blues” WHCP com­mu­nity ra­dio show em­cee Donna Flaggs who will speak with fes­ti­val per­form­ing mu­si­cians in­clud­ing The Young Sen­a­tors Reloaded, fea­tur­ing front man Jimi Dougans; the Carolina Swamp­land blues band Up­hill; SoulTET; Chris and Greyson English blues duo and more. Tick­ets are $10 in ad­vance. Seat­ing is lim­ited.

A Re­gional Amer­i­can Blues Styles Mojo 101 Blues Work­shop will be held from 3 to 4 pm. by Chris “Cat­daddy” Pal­is­trant and Adam “Dea­con Blues” Nixon. In this pre­sen­ta­tion, Palestrant and gui­tarist Nixon dis­cuss dif­fer­ences in re­gional blues styles. The fast­paced Mojo 101fea­tures mul­ti­me­dia and live per­for­mance by mem­bers of the award win­ning band Up­hill. In­di­vid­ual ticket price $10.

The bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m and will fea­ture Bistro Poplar, Low and Slow BBQ, Rubba Ya Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany and Cam­bridge Eater­ies serv­ing over five gen­er­ous bar­be­cue tast­ings across three cat­e­gories of chicken, pork and beef.

Ticket hold­ers pick their fa­vorite dish of the day in this fun, light-hearted com­pe­ti­tion. Tick­ets are avail­able for $15 in ad­vance or $20 on the day of the event.

The street free fes­ti­val be­gins at 5 p.m. with the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion. There will be per­for­mances by lo­cal mu­si­cians, the Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School Jazz band, as well as the re­gional blues, funk and R&B groups. The street fes­ti­val also will have free kids ac­tiv­i­ties area. The street fes­ti­val wraps up at 10 p.m., when the party moves in­side at 447 Race Street, a fun new per­for­mance venue in down­town Cam­bridge.

A Pop Up Jazz and Blues Af­ter Party also is planned, which will in­clude live mu­sic, food and drinks at the down­town per­for­mance venue known as 447. Tick­ets are on sale in ad­vance for $40 and help sup­port Cam­bridge Main Street and the re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts in down­town Cam­bridge. Food and drinks are pro­vided by Cam­bridge Eater­ies and Chef Pa­trick Fan­ning of High Spot, Stoked and Rock Lob­stah.

A full de­scrip­tion of per­for­mances, de­scrip­tions, and full event sched­ule for the fes­ti­val are avail­able by re­quest or by vis­it­ing the Cam­bridge Main Street web­site www.cam­bridge­main­street.com.

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Cam­bridge Main Street will host GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews & BBQ in down­town Cam­bridge Satur­day, Sept. 16.

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