BRUCE: Bruce, Blues and BBQ

Bruce, Blues & BBQ Festival Celebrates Leo “Bud” Welch This Saturday

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Leo "Bud" Welch

Leo “Bud” Welch

Blues, barbeque and good times are on the menu this Saturday inBruce as the Bruce Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Arts Council and CannonMotors host the inaugural “Backwoods Music Festival.”

The first annual festival will celebrate the Blues and local musicianLeo “Bud” Welch, who will later appear at Oxford’s Double Decker ArtsFestival, presented by Caterpillar, on April 23. The event will kickoffSaturday (April 2) afternoon with a barbeque meal in the Bruce Museum.

Barbeque plates will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. The museumwill also host a “Meet and Greet” with Welch and live music by “Soundsof Tyme.” There will also be autograph and photo opportunities withWelch.

Festivities will shift to the Bruce Theater at 7 p.m. where JanaeWinter and Linda Ann Ward, Vinnie “C,” and South of Memphis will allbriefly perform prior to Welch taking the stage to share his uniqueBlues sound.

Tickets are available at the chamber office for $10 for each event, or you can get a pair of tickets for everything for $35.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the cost of a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker for Bruce honoring Welch.