Date(s) - 06/23/2023
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Central Park Plaza – Downtown Valparaiso
NEW this year!
Join us for the 1st Annual Valpo Blues & BBQ Festival, featuring a lineup of impressive blues artists and BBQ from some of Valpo’s best restaurants.
Bring a blanket or chairs to relax and enjoy the evening!
Participate in the Bartender Brawl – a competition in which you decide upon the winning cocktail creation! Samples provided. Event will take place between set changes.
Derek Caruso & The Blues Fuse – Derek Caruso and The Blues Fuse hosted a release party in Valparaiso last April. “Mine and There began as an EP, but was expanded to feature six original tracks and six covers, including one of Caruso’s top tunes to perform live.”
Street Pennies – Formed in Bloomington, Indiana in the fall of 2021 in, they quickly made a name for themselves in the local scene. They’ve headlined over a dozen shows at The Bluebird, a legendary venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in music.
The band is led by the powerhouse vocals of Valparaiso natives Ollie Grcich and Lucas Hallal, who command the stage with their dynamic, soulful presence. Backed by a tight-knit rhythm section and powerful soloists, the band creates a sound that is both familiar and fresh, drawing on the rich traditions of blues while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s music that demands to be felt, not just heard.
Sam Cockrell Band – Sam Cockrell Band is a hard hitting Funk/R&B/Soul/Blues band from Chicago lead by Singer/Bassist and Chicago Blues Hall-of-Famer Sam Cockrell. “… the chance to make people happy with music and succeed in the business without sacrificing one’s principles, musical or otherwise. It’s a goal we are invited to be part of, on this appealing and high-spirited album of 21st century blues.” – Jonny Meister