The BBQ and Brew Festival expands to two blocks of Historic Downtown Yuma when it returns 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 10 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
Featured entertainment this year focuses on the theme of country music from the 90s. Ricochet, featuring hits such as “Daddy’s Money” and “What Do I Know,” leads Saturday’s lineup along with Andy Griggs, famous for “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely,” “I’ll Go Crazy” and others.
Young Guns will headline Friday night’s lineup.
Other performers include Downtime, Milepost 30, Faith Lynn, Dancers Workshop, and line dancers.
Wendy McKay will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” at noon on Saturday, followed at 1 p.m. by a steak cook-off between Mayor Douglas Nicholls and one of the competing barbecue teams.
“We have outgrown Main Street and it’s only our fourth BBQ and Brew Festival!” said Yuma Festivals Coordinator Joanne Fiser. “This event will cover Madison Avenue as well as Main Street, and provide a new footprint for a downtown block party.”
All ages are welcome to attend for free.
Additional attractions include outdoor yard games, petting zoo, free face painting, varieties of festival foods and cold beer. A Kidz Zone with new attractions is $5 for unlimited play.
The event features the Best in the Desert Southwest cooking contest, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), where registered participants will compete to earn points toward the KCBS Team of the Year World Champion.
This year’s sponsors include Downtown Yuma Merchants Association, Paradise Casino and Quechan Casino, Lutes Casino, El Dorado Broadcasters, Monster Media, Radio Amigo, Swire Coca-Cola, Yuma International Airport, Shay Oil, B&E Services, ABC5, Telemundo, Signmasters, Jack Daniels and Rancho Melendrez.
Celebrated Outdoorsman Michael Waddell To Receive ‘Daryle Singletary Keeping It Country Award’ During Event
Tickets are on sale NOW on the Nashville Palace website or VIP tables are available by emailing DaryleVIP@gmail.com
Nashville, Tennessee – The 5th Annual Daryle Singletary Keeping It Country Jam is set to take place at The Nashville Palace on Thursday, February 16, 2023, during The National Wild Turkey Federation’s 50th anniversary week and will feature performances from Easton Corbin, Mark Wills, Rhett Akins, Andy Griggs, Chad Brock and a few more to be announced. Tickets are $30 for general admission, reserved seating is $55 and $60, and VIP tables are $500 and are only available by emailing DaryleVIP@gmail.com.
“The kids and I can’t wait until this event next month. It is something we look forward to each year knowing that it keeps Daryle’s legacy alive,” says Holly Singletary, widow of Daryle Singletary. Daryle loved traditional country music and he loved those that supported it. He would be so proud to know that his friends continue to show up each year to ‘keep it country’.”
In addition, famed outdoorsman Michael Waddell will be on hand to receive the Daryle Singletary Keeping It Country award.
About Daryle Singletary: Daryle Singletary rose to fame in the 90s with a string of successful hardcore country albums. From rural Georgia, where his father was a postmaster, Singletary moved to Nashville in 1990 to pursue a music career full-time. After catching the eye and ear of his musical hero, Randy Travis, Singletary released his debut record, the self-titled Daryle Singletary (1995), which produced four Billboard Hot Country charting singles, including the smash hit “I Let Her Lie,” which topped out at No. 2 on the charts. Additional hits included the 1996 single “Too Much Fun,” and 1997’s “Amen Kind of Love.” Other hit albums include 1998’s top-20 album, ‘Ain’t It the Truth,’ and a pair of albums featuring some of Singletary’s favorite country songs, ‘That’s Why I Sing This Way’ (2002) and ‘Straight From the Heart’ (2009). His last album, ‘There’s Still A Little Country Left,’ was released in 2015. In 2018, Singletary died at age 46, from a blood clot.
Andy Griggs is already giving his fans more music. The singer, who released his album, ‘Naked,’ in February, has just released ‘Triple Play Plus,’ a compilation of four new songs, on iTunes.
“It’s a really, really exciting time for me right now, musically and in all areas,” Griggs tells Country Weekly. “I’m able to be me. With these four songs, we sat down in the studio, and I used my band and produced it myself.”
The songs, ‘I Don’t Let Go,’ ‘Lead You Back to Me,’ ‘I Love My Dog, My Dog Loves Me’ and a cover of Cinderella’s hit ‘Gypsy Road,’ all mean something to the 40-year-old.
“‘I Don’t Let Go’ is a song that’s been holding on to me for a long time,” he explains. “I haven’t let go of ‘I Don’t Let Go’ in years. I was going to record it back when I was signed with RCA Records, and it fell through the cracks, but I’ve always loved that song.”
He adds, “‘Lead You Back to Me’ is a song I wrote with Ricky Nelson’s sons, Matt and Gunnar Nelson. That was a total different beast, and right now it’s the most proud thing that I’ve done on this project.”
Griggs, who is close friends with Cinderella‘s lead singer Tom Keifer, says adding the band’s tune to the new collection made perfect sense for the country star. “I’ve done ‘Gypsy Road’ live here and there since I’ve known Tom,”he explains, adding that the two co-wrote and sang on ‘A Hundred Miles of Road’ for Griggs’ 2002 album, ‘Freedom.’
While the Louisiana native hasn’t picked a single yet, he says the decision is ultimately up to his fans. “I’m kind of letting the people decide right now,” he explains. “It will probably be ‘Lead You Back to Me’ right now. That one is leading the race, so we’re probably going to go that direction if I had to guess. But it’s hard to beat ‘Gypsy Road.’ I mean . . . you’re going to smile when you hear it!”
The songs are a preview of his next full-length album, which he will release independently next year. Download ‘Triple Play Plus’ here.