Blues & BBQ Festival set for July 3
by Rachel Davis
Jun 02, 2013 | 3864 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Richard “Bull” Corry promised fans of Old York that the property would once again become the site of family fun and he’s ready to start delivering on that promise.

“It’s time to get something going out here again,” Corry said. He wants his kids to be able to make memories on the property that has meant so much to his family and community over the years. He also wants other parents in the community to have a family-friendly option for spending time with their kids.

As a kickoff, Old York will host the first Bull Pen Blues & BBQ Festival on July 3 in conjunction with radio station Oldies 101.5 FM. The event will feature barbeque prepared by the Bull Pen’s kitchen and four blues acts.

“We’ve been looking to do a blues and barbeque event for quite a while,” Oldies 101.5 owner Brett Elmore said. He said after looking at various partners and locations, Old York was the obvious first choice. “It was the right time for us to do this, it’s the perfect venue for something like this and we’re happy to be working with Bull. This is a chance to get the Fourth of July weekend kicked off right.”

The lineup includes Earl “Guitar” Williams, a Bessemer native who is well known in blues circles for his lifelong devotion to the music and his talent on the guitar and harmonica; Microwave Dave & The Nukes, who have spent 20 years performing at venues around the United States and Europe; The Clay Swafford Band, headed by Walker County native Clay Swafford, who has made a name for himself in the industry in a very short timeframe; and Henry “Gip” Gipson, who owns the renowned “Gip’s Place” in Bessemer, which is the last remaining juke joint in the state.

“We’ve hosted shows from Marshall Tucker to Willie Nelson and I’m as excited about this lineup as I have been about any of our shows,” Corry added.

Tickets will be $10 at the gate and $8 in advance. Tickets will be available on Friday, June 7, at the radio station and at the Bull Pen. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Oakman Community Ball Park.

The gates will open at 2 p.m. and Earl “Guitar” Williams will take the stage from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Microwave Dave & The Nukes will perform from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., The Clay Swafford Band will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and ‘Gip’ Gipson will close the event from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.

There will be an area near the gate for vendors interested in setting up a booth to sell arts and crafts. Anyone who is interested should contact Elmore at (205) 221-2222.

There will also be a children’s entertainment area.

For more information on the event, visit www.facebook.com/bullpenbluesbbqfestival and the event’s website should be up and running by the end of the week.

That web address will be www.bullpenbluesandbbq.com