Blues, Beer and BBQ
Cumberland’s Blues, Beer, and BBQ (BBB) started as the brain child of Assistant Town Manager Christine Owens and Special Projects Coordinator Renee Garard. The two decided to combine the idea of a summer concert with the creation of a pop-up event space to bring out town citizens and promote a sense of place.
The first BBB was held on June 3, 2017, at the newly created Saturn Space and was a huge hit! There were numerous requests to do more so they turned it into a summer concert series and held two more in July and August. The estimated crowd size for each 2017 event was between 300 and 500 people with crowd sizes growing with each concert. We expect even larger crowds for 2018.
The success of last year’s BBBs was far beyond what we could have imagined. The amount of positive feedback was astounding, and Cumberland has quickly become a local blues destination in central Indiana. We now receive regular requests from Blues bands asking to book our next event.
For 2018 we have expanded the concept by adding two more shows and extending the June event to include three bands in total - two local artists and one international artist from Australia. All bands are well-known amongst Blues fans and tour regularly. We are also adding fireworks to the end of the June concert as it is four days before Independence Day. Additionally, we are adding a car and motorcycle cruise-in and a BBQ cook-off.
The Cumberland BBBs are unique in that they are family events. Most Blues venues only accommodate the over 21 crowd. But with our public space, free admission, and adjoining park, the Cumberland BBBs are enjoyable for all ages and are unique in helping to create Blues fans for the future. Our BBBs are attended by lifelong Blues fans as well as those who have never attended a single Blues concert. There is truly not another destination in our area solely dedicated to the Blues the way Saturn Space is.
Join us for Gordon Bonham Blues Band, Tad Robinson, and Harper and Midwest Kind on June 30th from 4pm to 10pm! We are super excited about this summers concert series! Brandywine Winery, Flat 12, Scarlett Lane, and Black Acre will be on hand for the adult beverages. Limani's Tiki Hut will have ice cream and all ages pina coladas in pineapples. Willing Hands will be onsite with face painting and air brush tattoos. Our Restaurant will be serving the fantastic BBQ as always! We will end the night with a fantastic fireworks show! We hope to see you there!
For more information contact Renee Garard at (317) 894-6203.Come back often as we post more details to come!
The Cumberland Blues, Beer & BBQ Summer Concert Series is endorsed by the Slippery Noodle Inn