2020 Blues, Brews & Barbecue
Saturday, June 13, 2020 | 12 Noon – 10 p.m.
500, 600, 700 & 800 Blocks of Hamilton St.
The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance in partnership with presenting sponsor, City Center Allentown, and the City of Allentown is proud to present the 13th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival including great food and drink, amazing Blues music and activities for the entire family. This outdoor music festival draws over 25,000 guests and is FREE and open to the public!
Toronzo Cannon hails from the Windy City and plays Chicago-style blues. He started as a sideman and worked his way to become a main stage headliner. By day, Toronzo drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus and arranges his schedule to be able to tour all around the US and the world. Like many who have come before him, blues is his calling. Blues Music Magazine describes it like this: “His guitar playing has all the fire and spontaneity of the Chicago legends he carries; his songwriting is a timely and original look at the world he sees by day on a bus and in blues clubs by night, and his assertive voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver the message.”
“It’s not about the solos,” Cannon says, “It’s about the songs. People get used to everyday life, so it’s easy to miss the things around them. I write about those things. I know the problems of Chicago, the hardship, ’cause we’re always a scapegoat. But I choose to love and respect the city because of the Chicago blues giants that came here from down south. I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”
The Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival features over 100 BBQ, food, beer, and craft vendors!
2020 ALLENTOWN BLUES BREWS & BARBECUE CANCELLED With the concern for the public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Allentown and the Allentown Chamber of Commerce are cancelling the 2020 Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival scheduled...
Award-winning singer Shemekia Copeland and guitarist Toronzo Cannon to headline Allentown’s Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival
The Morning Call: "Allentown’s annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue festival — a guitar-picking and finger-licking feast for your ears eyes and belly — is only 101 days away, and Queen City organizers are ready to share a peek at a few headliners and special updates. The...
The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance is proud to partner with our sponsors present the 13th annual Blues, Brews, and Barbecue Festival.
Blues, Brews & Barbecue rescheduled for June 12, 2021. Click here to read more.