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News Release: St. Joseph Today Announces JD McPherson to Headline BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass May 18

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February 19, 2019

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. —The Rhythm & Blues, Rock N’ Roll singer songwriter, JD McPherson will headline the BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival: A Taste of Michigan, May 18 at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph, Mich. “This is an incredible opportunity to hear JD McPherson perform live with Lake Michigan as his backdrop,” said event organizer, Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. She said this start-of-beach-season festival will serve up continuous music, finger-licking barbecue, regional craft brews and wines from noon to 8 p.m. (EDT) just yards from the big lake.


Zapal said JD McPherson is one of five bands bluegrass and blues bands scheduled for the rain-or-shine event. Tameca Jones, the “Queen of Austin Soul”, will bring her R&B and Soul set to the stage. Buenos Aires based Che Apalache will share their latin bluegrass, also known as “latingrass”, with the audience. Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line will thrill the audience with their take on Roots & Americana. And Grammy nominated band The Special Consensus will showcase their four person acoustic bluegrass.


Zapal added that St. Joseph Today wanted to raise the caliber of music at the event without impacting its affordability. That was made possible again this year through the generosity of Chemical Bank and music sponsor Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust. She also extended thanks to beverage tent sponsor, Bud Distributing, Inc., and the City of St. Joseph.

Tickets will be on sale beginning March 4. 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 BBQ and music guests. Ticket and overnight stay information are available at or the Welcome Center at 301 State St. in downtown St. Joseph.

Since 1917, Chemical Bank’s home town 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, Blues and Bluegrass or upcoming events, visit or