Papa Joes Banjo-B-que Music Festival will once again bring roots music, a KCBS barbecue cook-off, craft beer and kids’ attractions to Evans Towne Center Park on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27, 2017. The lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Defibulators, Banditos, Natchez Tracers, Cicada Rhythm, Hog Slop String Band, Harvest Thieves, Sailing to Denver, Niles Foley, Kyshona Armstrong, Little Roy & Lizzie, Laney Jones & the Spirits, Royal Johnson, Villain Family, West King String Band, The High Divers, The Ramblin’ Fevers, Mason Jars, Delta Cane and Porter Oaks. Two-day weekend passes are $75 and weekend VIP passes are $250 and include Dinner Friday night and lunch and dinner on Saturday; craft and domestic beer and wine; and preferential viewing area and bathrooms. Get tickets and more info here.
More than 20 bands performed at Banjo-B-Que 2016 on the Lady Antebellum Pavilion stage and small Saloon stage including Willie Nelson and Family, Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sarah Jarosz, Packway Handle Band, Mountain Faith, Blitzen Trapper and more.
The Kansas City Barbeque Society Professional BBQ Cook-Off draws pitmasters from far and wide for categories including chicken, brisket, pork, ribs and dessert. More than 30 teams competed in 2016 with Carter-Que-Ing out of Lodge, South Carolina, taking the Grand Champion prize.
Papa Joe’s namesake is the late Joe Pond, an Augusta businessman who “loved life, his family, his community, down home barbeque cookin’ and feel-good bluegrass music.” To honor Papa Joe’s legacy and raise money for the community he supported for so long, his family created Banjo-B-Que with proceeds benefitting the Joseph R. Pond Memorial Foundation to help fund charitable organizations in the CSRA with a special focus on cancer-related organizations.