Blues take center stage at Chester County Blues BBQ

The fourth annual Annual Chester County Blues Barbeque, which features great music and food outdoors in a family friendly setting, will take place on Saturday June 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Wyndsor Farms in Elverson. Three top tier bands will play, including The Dukes of Destiny (one of Philadelphias longest lived blues acts), Georgie The Blacksmith Bonds (a member of Philadelphias Blues Hall of Fame), and Michael Hills Blues Mob (seasoned with flavors of rock, R&B, funk and more, making shows a celebration of music, life and love).

Wyndsor Farms Equestrian Center, located at 2550 Ridge Road in northern Chester County, is the ideal location to enjoy the music while relaxing on the grass, eating barbeque or playing Frisbee with your friends. Last year over 1,000 people attended this great event. If it rains, the festivities will be held inside the riding arena, so dont worry about missing the music.

Tickets at the door are $20, pre-event $15 via www.chestercountyblues.com, and children under 12 are welcome free of charge.

By enjoying the music, you will also be supporting two local non-profits, the Coventry Lions Club and Thorncroft Equestrian Center. Money raised by this event every year gets invested in a number of community based initiatives. The Coventry Lions Club has raised over $35,000 through the support of music lovers participating in this event. Proceeds fund volunteer programs such as KidSight, which offers free vision screening to children under 6 years old in Chester and Berks Counties, benefit many vision related research/ charitable organizations and educational scholarships, and feed hundreds through providing holiday meals for families struggling in this economy. Thorncroft s mission is to help build the physical, emotional and mental well-being of all people, particularly those with special needs, through establishing an atmosphere of cooperation, respect and love in an equestrian environment.

For more information, or to purchase discounted tickets before the event, go to: www.chestercountyblues.com

The Dukes of Destiny (www.dukesofdestiny.com) reign as one of Philadelphias longest lived blues act. Together, the Dukes represent more than 100 years of professional experience and exploration of American roots music. Since forming over 25 years ago, the Dukes have gained a unique tightness and an original approach to music, recognized by a large and loyal following among Philadelphia listeners who know and love the blues.

Georgie The Blacksmith Bonds (www.georgiebonds.com) has been called the heart & soul of the Philadelphia blues scene. In 2001, Georgie independently released his debut CD, Sometimes I Wonder and he is currently on a new CD. He was chosen for an acting/singing role in the Broadway hit, It Aint Nothin But The Blues, which was nominated for four Tony Awards and Best Musical and praised by the New York Times. In 2012, Georgie was inducted into the Philadelphia Blues Hall of Fame. Georgie has established himself as a world class singer/songwriter and blues entertainer.

Michael Hills Blues Mob (michaelhillsbluesmob.com) has recorded six internationally released albums of their Original, New York-Style Blues. The Mob has captivated audiences in twenty-nine countries around the globe. Beginning with Bloodlines, their 1994 Alligator Records debut, they have drawn world-wide critical and audience acclaim for dynamic musicianship and vivid storytelling. Michael Hills lyrics convey the passion, humor and desire for freedom and justice that are intrinsic to the blues. The bands music is seasoned with flavors of rock, R&B, funk and more, making every show a celebration of music, life and love. Michael is a 2011 inductee into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist.

About the Coventry Lions Club

Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world. The Coventry Lions Club currently have 24 members who volunteer their time and talents to our community. The clubs activities include:

Support for Pennsylvania Lions District 14-P Kidsight Program.

Holiday food basket distribution to needy families in the community.

Support for eye exams and glasses for needy children in the Owen J. Roberts school district.

Financial Aid for disadvantaged families who are confronted with a life changing disaster.

Adopt-a-highway program for a two mile section of Route 100 north of Route 23.

Medical Equipment loan program.

Leader Dog training sponsorship.

Summer camp at Beacon Lodge for vision impaired youngsters in our community.

Used eyeglass collection for Lions Club International Foundation.

$1000 Scholarship Award for Owen J. Roberts high school graduate.

Disaster relief through Lions Club International Foundation.

About the Kidsight Program

Our club is a major sponsor of the Lions Kidsight program in Chester and Berks Counties. Kidsight is a Lions Club program that provides initial eye screening for children ages three through six. 1 in 20 children has an undetected vision problem that could turn into amblyopia (permanent vision loss) if left untreated. The Kidsight programs goal is to prevent vision loss through early detection and treatment of the most common vision problems that can lead to amblyopia. Using the equipment purchased through this program, Lions volunteers conduct free vision screening tests at preschools and other childhood centers. The tests look for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisometropia. If any anomalies are found, the child is referred to an appropriate professional.