Cam­bridge GrooveFEST set for Satur­day

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CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge Main Street will host GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs in down­town Cam­bridge Satur­day, Sept. 16.

The event will boast an ex­panded pro­gram be­gin­ning in the af­ter­noon, in­clud­ing mu­si­cian in­ter­views, a guided walk­ing tour, a pre­sen­ta­tion about dif­fer­ent re­gional blues styles, a free street fes­ti­val from 5 to 10 p.m. and a fun Af­ter Party.

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge Main Street will host GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs in down­town Cam­bridge Satur­day, Sept. 16.

The event will boast an ex­panded pro­gram be­gin­ning in the af­ter­noon, in­clud­ing mu­si­cian in­ter­views, a guided walk­ing tour, a pre­sen­ta­tion about dif­fer­ent re­gional blues styles, a free street fes­ti­val from 5 to 10 p.m. and a fun Af­ter Party.

Start­ing at noon, hear fes­ti­val per­form­ers in­ter views, fa­cil­i­tated by WHCP blues pro­gram hosts Paul Clip­per and Dr. Donna Flaggs. This event is hosted at 447 Race Street. You hear from the fes­ti­val per­form­ers from the groups Up­hill, SoulTET, The Young Se­na­tors and Chris and Greyson English.

At 2 p.m., a guided “Groove City” walk­ing tour by East­ern Shore Net­work for Change will tell you more about the peo­ple and places that in­spired the nick­name “Groove City.” The tour will meet and leave from 447 Race Street. A $10 do­na­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.

At 4 p.m., catch the Mojo 101: Re­gional styles in Amer­i­can Blues. An in­ter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tion by Chris “Cat­daddy” Pal­is­trant and Adam “Dea­con Blues” Nixon of the band Up­hill. They will walk you through the dif­fer­ent peo­ple, places, and sounds that make up re­gional blues styles like Chicago blues and Delta blues. This is a great in­tro­duc­tion or re­fresher for blues and mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. The Mojo 101 pre­sen­ta­tion will take place at 447 Race Street. A $10 do­na­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.

The street fes­ti­val be­tween 5 to 10 p.m. is free to en­joy and boasts mu­si­cal per­form­ers The Young Se­na­tors Reloaded, Carolina Swampland Blues group Up­hill, Chris and Greyson English, and SoulTET.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a per­for­mance by the Cam­bridge South Dorch­ester High School Jazz band. GrooveFEST is lo­cated in down­town Cam­bridge along the 500-block of Po­plar Street and the 400 block of Race Street. Free pub­lic park­ing is avail­able be­hind Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege and at the cor­ner of Muir and Academy streets.

This year, the Main Street Mile also makes a re­turn, with teams rac­ing in a fun and wacky re­lay, which is a spoof of the lo­cal triathlon Iron­man Mary­land. Teams will “swim,’ “bike” and “run” for brag­ging rights and the win­ner will win a do­na­tion to their fa­vorite Dorch­ester County char­ity. Teams are still be ac­cepted. For more info con­tact Katie at 443-477-0843.

The event will also fea­ture a chance to taste lo­cal bar­be­cue dishes. Low & Slow BBQ, Rubba Ya Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany, Bistro Po­plar, Stoked and High Spot throw down their best bar­be­cue fla­vors, in­clud­ing beef brisket, bar­be­cue chicken, pork and even goat.

Dishes will be served be­tween 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tick­ets to the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able in ad­vance for $15 or at the door for $20. Tasters vote for their fa­vorite dish of the day and win­ners are an­nounced that night. Con­tact Katie Clen­daniel at 443-477-0843 or visit www.cam­bridge­main­street.com for your tick­ets, or visit the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce at 528 Po­plar Street.

A Pop Up Af­ter Party is also planned to take place im­me­di­ately af­ter the street fes­ti­val. Be­gin­ning at 10 p.m at 447 Race Street, Cam­bridge Main Street will host the sounds of Ken­tavi­ous Jones group Fire on the Bay.

Cam­bridge Eater­ies will pro­vide a Mem­phis in­spired menu, drinks and cock­tails. Tick­ets are $20 and in­clude food and a drink ticket. The Pop Up Af­ter Party is spon­sored by NOVO Prop­er­ties and Cabin Creek An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Clen­daniel at 443-477-0843 or visit www.cam­bridge­main­street.com.

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