Wednesday, July 20, 2016


George & Becky Luce with DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes local couples for their sponsorship of the annual Barbecue and Blues fundraiser. This year’s event is sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, Tom & Jennifer Bish, George & Becky Luce and Dr. Robert & Jean McLear and will take place at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 St. Rt. 36 E., Greenville, Ohio, on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 PM; this outdoor event is casual with great food, drinks, and music!

Dr. Robert & Jean McLear and Tom & Jennifer Bish
“DCCA is fortunate to be part of a community where individuals help make Darke County a great place to live,” DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated. The sponsorships will cover the cost of the entertainment allowing the ticket monies generated from Barbecue and Blues to help offset the costs of presenting high quality performing artists throughout DCCA’s upcoming 2016-2017 season. “Local support of fundraising events is greatly appreciated and enables DCCA to continue encouraging cultural enrichment in Darke County and to offer opportunities for learning and growing through the arts,” concluded Jordan.

Erwin Brothers will be providing the stage for the evening and Turtle Creek will have a special selection menu of BBQ fare and drinks for purchase, as well as providing a perfect setting for an enjoyable outdoor concert. The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. Followed by Jay Jesse Johnson, blues guitar virtuoso and singer Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.”

DCCA BBQ and Blues sponsors
Matt & Angie Arnold
“Barbecue and Blues,” supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series. AIE performances are presented annually to students in every grade of all local public schools at no charge to the students. DCCA strives to keep tickets as accessible as possible, and has maintained the incredibly low admission price of $5 for The Family Theatre Series shows.

In case of inclement weather, Barbecue and Blues will move into Turtle Creek's clubhouse. Tickets will be available at the gate. Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA’s upcoming CONNECTIONS season of events visit or contact the DCCA office at 547-0908.

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