Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tickets on sale for DCCA BBQ & BLUES

Summer Fundraising Event - July 14th at Turtle Creek

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Tickets are now for sale for Darke County Center for the Arts annual summer fundraising event “Barbeque and Blues”. The Friday, July 14th event will again be held at the lovely and inviting grounds of Turtle Creek Golf Course; tickets cost $10. Thirsty Turtle will provide a Picnic BBQ menu from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. and full bar service will be available, at an additional price.

The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Higgins-Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. Blues guitar virtuoso and singer Jay Jesse Johnson returns to headline the event. 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.” Praised for his technique, tone and song-writing abilities, Jay Jesse Johnson is one of the most electrifying guitarists you will ever hear, performing smoking slow blues and fast-paced rocking boogie with masterful ease. The music is sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, George & Becky Luce and the Jordan Agency.

“Barbecue and Blues,” the annual fun-filled Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser featuring food for the body and music for the soul that supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series—providing another good reason for attending the event. Simply knowing that you will be supporting these and other programs provides sufficient motivation to get your tickets for DCCA's “Barbecue and Blues.”

So take your lawn chair or blanket to Turtle Creek, get comfortable, and enjoy great food and great music in the great outdoors with other great people, all for a great cause. Of course, if the weather is less than great, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside the cozy confines of The Thirsty Turtle. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be ordered online at And through the DCCA Office (937) 547-0908. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA and the 2017-2018 Arts Count season visit their website at

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