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Two Days of Blues and BBQ at the Broad Street Blues Fest

Griffith Central Park will transform into a two-day blues festival with twelve top-name blues bands nationwide on July 2 and 3. The festival will also offer BBQ for a true taste of the South. Entrance to the Broad Street Blues Fest is free with the option for VIP tickets for $20 or $25 per day. VIP tickets offer premium seating directly in front of the stage. A beer garden will also be available.

Attendees can hear blues from six artists each night from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with a warm-up at 1:15 p.m.

The July 2 line-up includes: Upside Down N Backwards, Bobby Slim James, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama, Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points, The Kinsey Report and headliner, Bobby Rush. The July 3 line-up includes: The Fabulous Kings, Smiley Tillmon featuring Kate Moss, Omar Coleman Band, Joanna Connor – Queen of the Blues Rock Guitar, Howard and the White Boys, and Tommy Z the headliner.

Rick Ryfa, Griffith Town Council President said, “Griffith is excited to host a premier Blues Festival in Northwest Indiana and we will make it a great experience for all attendees.”

The entire festival will take place in the grassy area of Central Park located a few blocks from Downtown Griffith at 600 N. Broad Street. Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival is sponsored by Heineken Beer. More information about the blues bands, food vendors and ticket information can be found at

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