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News Release: JD McPherson to Headline 7th Annual BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass: A Taste of Michigan Festival Saturday May 18 in St. Joseph, Mich.

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May 01, 2019
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The tantalizing aromas of barbecue wafting up from Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph, Mich., will lure hundreds to this Lake Michigan resort town on May 18 from noon-8 p.m. Popular craft beers, regional wines and nearly eight hours of live blues and bluegrass music will be other big draws when Chemical Bank presents the seventh annual BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass - A Taste of Michigan Festival.

“This will be a great way for families and friends to celebrate spring and kick start beach season,” said Amy Zapal, executive director, St. Joseph Today. “Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. We’ll have lots of drinks and mouthwatering barbecue for purchase. So come on down for an afternoon of fun, rain or shine.”

The Paul and Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust, sponsor of the concert, is excited as ever to bring this year’s BBQ lineup to the community as we continue to build upon what is becoming Southwest Michigan’s premier music festival. The lineup again has award winning artists along with up and coming artist’s that are diverse and are excited to perform for our community. Scheduled show times are:

12:30 pm - The Special Consensus
  2:05 pm - Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
  3:40 pm - Che Apalache
  5:15 pm - Tameca Jones
  6:50 pm - JD McPherson

The beverage tent, sponsored by Bud Distributing, Inc., Dowagiac, Mich., will showcase a variety of local and regional brews and wines. Guests will have beverage options from a variety of Michigan brewers and winemakers including Barn Brewers, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., Lazy Ballerina Winery, Maplewood Brewery, Perrin Brewing Co., Rochester Mills Beer Co., Round Barn Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Silver Harbor Brewing Co., Sister Lakes Brewing Co., Tapistry Brewing, Virtue Cider, Waypost Brewing Co., White Pine Winery. A soda stand will also feature a variety of soda flavors as well as bottled water for purchase.

Food vendors will provide a range of sweet to spicy barbecue offerings to please every palate. BBQ vendors include Coach’s Bar and Grill, Larks Bar-B-Que, Nosh Village, Piggin’ N’ Grinnin’, Silver Beach Pizza, Smokin’ D BBQ and Wood, Stock & Grill. Activities at Silver Beach Center, an amusement venue across the street from Whirlpool Centennial Park, and shops in downtown St. Joseph will augment festival activities.

Zapal said in addition to Chemical Bank, Bud Distributing, Inc., and the Paul and Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust, two regional radio stations, WIRX 107.1 and WYTZ 97.5 Y-Country, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Maple Leaf Farms and Krenek RV are event sponsors.

Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 day of for the all-day festival with an additional charge for drink tickets on site. Food will be available for cash purchase. Zapal said local lodgings are geared up to host festival guests. Ticket, parking and overnight stay information is available at or the Welcome Center at 301 State St. in downtown St. Joseph.

Since 1917, Chemical Bank’s hometown approach to banking has been focused on community banking, highlighted by local leadership and decision-making, a devotion to community and personalized service. More information about the Corporation is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at

The Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust is devoted to supporting the education of our local youth as
well as supporting the growth of local businesses through community events. St. Joseph Today and the
whole community benefit from the generous support for great music.

St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and
promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more
information about BBQ, Blue and Bluegrass or upcoming events,
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