Downtown GrooveFEST: Blues Brews & BBQ!

Saturday, September 16th 2017

Welcome to all things Downtown GrooveFEST: Blues Brews & BBQs, held the third Saturday in September. This year the event will be held Saturday, Sept 16th! VIP events begin around 12pm at 447 RACE, include a street festival 5pm – 10pm, and an after party 10pm til late!

The event takes over the traditional “Summer Send Off” mid-September street festival with a new emphasis on Blues, Brews & BBQ while also taking advantage of the great local history of Cambridge, known locally as Groove City. “Groove City” got its nickname from the national touring acts that visited Cambridge as a part of the “Chitlin Circuit” on Pine Street.

VOLUNTEERS! Sign up to become a volunteer! Help needed with various portions of the event, including ticketing, info booth, set up, breakdown, and more! SIGN UP HERE!

Here are all the juicy details…This year the event will include the following opportunities:


Buy into this VIP Package and receive the following…

  • Tickets for the BBQ Tasting competition! Bubba Ya Cambridge Spice Company, Bistro Poplar, Cambridge Eateries, and more participate in this fun and friendly BBQ competition! Individual tickets available in advance and day of!
  • Entry into the FUN POP UP After Party at 447! We’ll take care of the fun festival live band, food and drinks! You party the night away just like the old days… Benefits Cambridge Main Street. Individual tickets available in advance and day of!
  • Entry into the Mojo 101: Regional Styles in American Blues by Christopher “Catdaddy” Palestrant, D.M.A. and Adam “Deacon Blues” Nixon. Mojo 101 Prospectus. Individual tickets available in advance or day of (space permitting).
  • VIP ONLY! Guided “Groove City” Walking Tour. Learn more about the history that inspired the name “Groove City”
  • VIP ONLY! Two free drink tickets that can be used at any Main Street beer truck or at the After Party!
  • VIP ONLY! Free event tee-shirts!
  • VIP ONLY! Priority event parking!
  • VIP ONLY! Special downtown business promotions during the event weekend!
  • VIP ONLY! VIP Event Restrooms & access to VIP Entertainer Lounge! (Thanks to Creighton Trailers!)

Tickets $55 in advance!     BUY TICKETS NOW… Online!



MOJO 101: Regional styles in American Blues

…Informative presentation by Dr. Christopher “Catdaddy” Palestrant, D.M.A. and Adam “Deacon Blues” Nixon.  Got the “don’t know enough about the blues” blues? In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Christopher Palestrant and guitarist Deacon Blues discuss differences in regional blues styles. What makes our region’s Piedmont blues sound different from Chicago blues? And what about Delta and Texas blues? Fast-paced and exciting, Mojo 101 features multimedia and live performance by members of the award winning band Uphill. Read more in this Mojo 101 Prospectus.

Tickets $10 in advance / $15 day of (space permitting!)     Buy tickets now … Online!


Friendly BBQ Competition

Bubba Ya Cambridge Spice Company, Bistro Poplar, Cambridge Eateries, and more! compete for your choice of favorite dish of the day in three categories: pork, chicken, beef! Served 5pm – 8:30pm.

TICKETS $15.00 Advance / $20 Day Of…      Buy Tickets now … Online!


Jazz & Blues POP UP After Party

Happening at 447… 9pm til late! Doors open at 8:30pm. We provide the band, food, and drinks, you bring your dancing feet! Benefits Cambridge Main Street. Thank you to NOVO Properties and Cabin Creek Animal Hospital for helping to sponsor this year’s POP UP AFTER PARTY!

TICKETS $40 in advance / $45 day of…      Buy Tickets now … Online!



Check out the free street festival where we will see some great live music performed! Come hear from great regional performers…

We’ll also have corn hole for adults and activities for children between 5pm – 9pm, located near Craig’s parking lot, corner Race Street / Poplar Streets.

Check out some of our amazing vendors like Nathan Skipjack Foundation, LuLaRoe, Amy’s Cool Treats, Secrets of the Eastern Shore, Mockingbird Lane, and more! Interested in becoming a vendor? Complete the online form here!

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Interested in becoming a sponsor? 2017 GROOVE FEST – Sponsorship Levels & FORM