Sunday, July 3, 2011

DCCA to Host Barbeque and Blues on July 22

Darke County Center for the Arts will host Barbecue and Blues, a family-friendly fundraiser featuring music by bluesmaster Michael Locke and his band, on Friday, July 22 at the Greenville Golf Course. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Hog Wild Bar-B-Que of West Alexandria; alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the bar at Greenville Golf Course. Tickets for the event are $10; Barbecue and Blues opens at 6:30 p.m.

“DCCA has wanted to offer an outdoor summertime event for the whole family for a very long time; our first”Barbecue and Blues” last year was lots of fun for all ages, so we're building on what we learned to make an even better event this year,” said Julie Strait, Executive Director for the local arts organization. Mrs. Strait explained that food vendor Hog Wild Bar-B-Que will be selling a half slab of ribs for $8 and pulled pork for $6, with 2 sides available for $1 more. “Families can picnic in the lovely surroundings of the Golf Club, enjoying the outdoor setting while listening to musicians who have played prestigious venues throughout the eastern United States. We invite the community to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and head on out to the Golf Course for delicious food, great music, and a good time.” Mrs. Strait concluded.

According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the music will be energizing and appealing. “Michael Locke plays blistering, yet soulful guitar; his amazingly talented band, the Repeat Offenders, is made up of outstanding musicians who make Michael sound even better,” Rawlins stated. “When Michael and the Repeat Offenders play the blues, you can't help but feel good,” Rawlins said with a grin. The appearance by Michael Locke and the Repeat Offenders is sponsored by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and Robert and Jean McLear. Proceeds from Barbecue and Blues will benefit DCCA's programs in the community, including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series.

Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance in order to assist the food vendor in planning for adequate supplies. To reserve tickets, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or


  1. does the DCCA do anything that is not a fundraiser? What are they raising funds for?

  2. You could try looking around before whining/knocking a solid program.

  3. yet another program that sucks money from the commmunity, that benefits a few

  4. I'd consider it if it was a band or musician anyone had actually heard of.

  5. Here is a thought: if you don't like it, don't go. The DCCA doesn't "suck money from the community". Private individuals and business contribute, at their choice.

    I would much rather make donations to causes I support instead of the forced charity of the government taking taxes from my paycheck and providing "grants" to organizations or causes that I'm opposed to.


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