2017-09-14 / Scene

BBQ and blues music return Saturday to farmers market in downtown Lapeer

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Eddie “Blues” Barney, along with Jon “J-Nel” Nelson and regular market musician Julius Medina with special guest Mike Espy, will be providing authentic blues sounds to the Historic Lapeer Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of the second BBQ and Blues event. To go along with the musical performances, Woodchips will be offering delectable barbeque selections like ribs and pork sliders. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Eddie “Blues” Barney, along with Jon “J-Nel” Nelson and regular market musician Julius Medina with special guest Mike Espy, will be providing authentic blues sounds to the Historic Lapeer Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of the second BBQ and Blues event. To go along with the musical performances, Woodchips will be offering delectable barbeque selections like ribs and pork sliders. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — If you missed out on the first Historic Farmers Market of Lapeer BBQ and Blues event earlier in the summer, you’re in luck — they’re bringing it back.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the twice-weekly market will be extending their market hours, operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live blues music performed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and barbecue selections provided by Woodchips while supplies last.

“BBQ and Blues (on July 29) was a first for us and it went over so well,” said market manager Denise Becker. “Everyone was talking about it for weeks.” The event was the creation of the market’s resident musician, Julius A Medina. “It kind of just came about,” said Becker. “Julius brought in some of the musicians he knew and everyone had a great time last time.”

This week’s BBQ and Blues event will take place concurrently with the market’s Classic Car Show, which will feature a collection of vehicles from the 40s, 50s and 60s. “When Julius said he wanted to do another thing, we thought ‘Well, why don’t we just pair it with the classic cars?’” said Becker. “It’s probably going to be the biggest market of the year.”

The popularity of the first BBQ and Blues event was a surprise to all involved, including Chef Will Dhooghe of Woodchips. The neighboring restaurant was slinging smoked barbecue selections like ribs for market visitors and sold out of their supply. This time around, however, Dhooghe said they’re ready, and will once again be serving food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re going to have the same menu we had last time,” he said. “Everything we had last time went over great. It’s finger food, things you can walk around with.”

Woodchips will also provide fresh-squeezed lemonade to market shoppers, and according to Dhooghe, anything not found at the Woodchips booth at the market can be found at the restaurant right next door. “We’re excited,” he said. “And glad to be a part of it.”

The music will again be provided by Julius Medina along with Eddie “Blues” Barney and Jon “J-Nel” Nelson, with special guest Mike Espy. “The smells and the sounds, it all just makes it better,” said Becker. “It makes you want to stop in and see what’s going on.”

Twenty-three vendors have already signed on to be a part of Saturday’s market, and according to Becker, the event will likely break the year’s attendance record. For this week’s event, the hours of operation were extended, and Becker said the only thing to worry about are the skies above. “Everything is going to be great,” she said. “The only thing is the weather. Hopefully we get sunny skies.”

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