Large crowd vis­its Cam­bridge Groove FEST

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Smoky bar­be­cue fla­vors filled down­town Cam­bridge Satur­day, Sept. 16, for Groove FEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs hosted by Cam­bridge Main Street.

The event cel­e­brated Cam­bridge’s blues mu­si­cal his­tory, and paired a bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion and street fes­ti­val for the close of sum­mer.

Be­gin­ning at noon, fes­ti­val per­form­ers gave in­ter views, fa­cil­i­tated by WHCP blues pro­gram hosts Paul Clip­per and Dr. Donna Flaggs. The fes­ti­val per­form­ers in­cluded 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 gave vis­i­tors a chance to hear about the peo­ple and places that in­spired the nick­name “Groove City.”

The Mojo 101: Re­gional styles in American Blues was an in­ter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tion by Chris “Cat­daddy” Pal­is­trant and Adam “Dea­con Blues” Nixon of the band Up­hill. They talked about the sounds that make up re­gional blues styles like Chicago blues and Delta blues.

The street fes­ti­val along the 500-block of Po­plar Street and the 400-block of Race Street be­gan at 5 p.m. and fea­tured a bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion with Cam­bridge Eater­ies pro­vid­ing a Mem­phis-in­spired menu, drinks and cock­tails.

Ce­cil John­son’s Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany won the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion with his pulled pork with pickle car­rots. Low and Slow BBQ fin­ished sec­ond. Bistro Po­plar, Stoked Wood Fired Eatery and The High Spot also par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I love this event be­cause it feels so or­ganic to Cam­bridge,” said Dorch­ester County Tourism Di­rec­tor Amanda Fen­ster­maker. “We have the seafood el­e­ment here in Dorch­ester County, but bar­be­cue and brew are also very im­por­tant. The restau­rants are very tal­ented and of­fer very tasty bar­be­cue dishes.

“Cam­bridge Main Street does a fan­tas­tic job show­cases what we have to of­fer,” she said. “We love partnering with (Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor) Katie (Clen­daniel) and Main Street. They are a great or­ga­ni­za­tion, and do so much good for our com­mu­nity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cam­bridge Main Street, contact Katie Clen­daniel at 443-477-0843 or visit www.cam­bridge­main­street.com.

Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Ce­cil John­son’s Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany won the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion at the Cam­bridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Satur­day, Sept. 16, in down­town Cam­bridge, with his Pulled Pork with pickle car­rots. John­son, left, is joined by Rebecca Mullins.

Low and Slow BBQ fin­ished sec­ond in the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion at the Cam­bridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Satur­day, Sept. 16, in down­town Cam­bridge.

Wil­liam Brooks of South­ern Belles BBQ show­cased dif­fer­ent bar­be­cue sauces at the Cam­bridge GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Satur­day, Sept. 16.

Stoked Wood Fired Eatery served bar­be­cue chicken na­chos in the bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion at the Cam­bridge Main Street GrooveFEST: Blues, Brews and BBQs Satur­day, Sept. 16, in down­town Cam­bridge.

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