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Big Apple BBQ

June 12, 2009

I think it describes itself….Be there..

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The Seventh Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns to Madison Square Park June 13-14, 2009, from
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. The weekend-long event takes place every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a hundred thousand barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.

Admission to the event is free. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from great live music to engaging seminars and cooking demonstrations – without ever dropping a dollar. The country’s best barbecue is available from top pitmasters for only $8 per plate.

Proceeds from the Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.

Music By:


Singer/guitarist SaRon Crenshaw might be one of the most soulful and exciting blues artists you haven’t yet heard. The thing is, he’s been out there for over three decades, having shared stages with the likes of Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush and the late Tyrone Davis. SaRon Crenshaw is a masterful blues showman in the lineage of B.B., Albert Collins, and Buddy Guy.


Howard Tate is one of the world’s greatest living soul singers and the man who recorded the original versions of “Stop” (covered by Jimi Hendrix), “Ain’t Nobody Home” (B.B. King), and “Get It While You Can” (Janis Joplin). Missing from public view for over twenty years, Tate made a triumphant return in 2002. Appearing with Howard Tate will be The Sweet Divines, a fabulous femme foursome (Pamela Quinn, Ashley Vitha, Jennie Wasserman and Heather Wolfe) making new soul music in a distinctly old school way.

4:30PM – 5:45PM LUCERO

They’ve been called “alt-country” and “punk country” and “Memphis’ answer to Bruce Springsteen.” But just as The Boss could only be from New Jersey, the rock & roll quartet named Lucero could only hail from the American South. The history, geography, and culture of the South have inspired Lucero’s slice-of-life story-songs and the twanging bedrock country-blues sound of their classic guitars/bass/drums lineup. “In case there was ever any doubt, country music is always better when played by genuine Southerners…Lucero singer Ben Nichols has a fatigued, frayed drawl that no amount of dialect coaching can replicate.” (Jenny Eliscu,
Sunday, June 14

1:00PM – 2:15PM THE DIXONS

With their debut CD Still Your Fool, The Dixons have created some of the most authentic Bakersfield –style country music ever made beyond the Austin city limits. The spirit of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Lefty Frizell lives again in Jeff Mowrer’s thrilling voice and authentic original songs like “Still Your Fool,” “Lonesome Side of Me,” “Lovesick and Blue,” and eight more future classics.

2:45PM – 4:00PM BILL SIMS JR.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Bill Sims Jr. plays the blues with soulfulness and total conviction. A professional musician since the age of fourteen, Bill had the chance to play with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Freddie King (among others) before founding his own Cold Blooded Blues Band in 1988. Many listeners will remember Bill Sims Jr. as the subject of An American Love Story, the acclaimed PBS documentary from 1999, and as the creator of a fine self-titled album released on Warner Bros. in the same year.


For more than a quarter of a century, Junior Brown has held high the proud banner of great American roots music with his inspired songwriting, genially soulful vocals, and jaw-dropping instrumental abilities on a custom-made “guit-steel” that combines a six-string electric guitar and a steel guitar. A typical live set by this master showman takes his listeners on a high-octane ride through country, blues, Tex-Mex, Western swing, and rock & roll with contemporary country classics like “Broke Down South of Dallas,” “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead,” and “Long Walk Back to San Antone.” There’s no one else with that sound – it’s just got to be Junior Brown!

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