SNOWSHOE PREPARES TO CROWN WEST VIRGINIA’S BBQ CHAMPION AS MOUNTAIN BIKING MAYHEM IS UNLEASHED

Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival Brings a Variety of Activities to the Mountain Including Blues, Bikes, Brews, BBQ and More

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. – Snowshoe is bringing the blues to the hills of West Virginia for the Blues, Brews and BBQs festival the weekend of September 8 – 10, 2006.  A world-class line-up of blues entertainers will serenade Snowshoe with sounds from the south while members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society compete in a cook-off to become the 2006 West Virginia State BBQ Champion.

The festivities kick off Saturday morning with the Snowshoe 5-miler, beginning in the Village at 8:45 a.m. and routing competitors atop the Cheat Mountain Ridge.  The 2nd Annual Mountaintop Cruise-In will be in the Expedition Parking Lot and feature a variety of antiques, classics, custom cars and more.  For more information or to enter the Mountaintop Cruise-In contact John McCracken at 304-572-5887.   

Five of West Virginia’s favorite microbreweries will be offering samples of their beer during the BBQ cook-off, including the West Virginia Brewing Company out of Morgantown and the Mountain State Brewing Company out of Thomas, W.Va.   The $30 registration fee for BBQ and brew tasters will include a t-shirt, bottomless beer mug and 10 BBQ tasting tickets.  Advance registration is advised and you must be 21 years of age to participate in the tasting.     

K.J. James will open the blues festival on the Village Stage at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.  James is recognized as one of the country’s most celebrated bluesman and beloved event entertainers.  Following James at 12:45 p.m.will be blues musician Tom Prinicipatto of the D.C. area and Reggie Wayne Morris on the Village Stage at 2:30.  The evening’s entertainment will be in the X-expo featuring Rusty Wright from 9 – 11 p.m.  Everyone is invited to enjoy some of the best blues tunes around for free. 

The weekend will also feature the finale of the Powerade Mountain Bike Race Series.  The summer’s best mountain biking competitors will have one last chance to show they have what it takes as the Mayhem in the Mountains is unleashed.  With over $40,000 in cash and prizes awarded throughout the series, there’s still 1/3 of the pot up for the taking.  The slalom race will be on Saturday evening on Skidder Slope and the downhill race will be on Sunday on the Western side of the mountain.  For more information log on to www.snowshoemtn.com or call 1-877-441-4386.

The stage has been set for a mouth-watering weekend of championship BBQ and palate-cleansing brews…not to mention the great sounds from the regions best blues bands.  Car shows, championship cook-off’s, and a 5-mile foot race are elements that set this weekend ahead of the rest!

Blues, Brews and Barbecues Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 9
8am  Registration for the Snowshoe 5-Miler Foot Race

8am – 12pm:  Registration for the Mountaintop Cruise In Car Show

9am – 11am:  Snowshoe 5-Miler Foot Race

11am – 4pm:  Blues, Brews and BBQ’s Festival. 

Great barbecue samples from 15 championship barbecue cooks, live entertainment and beer samples from 27 different local micro brews and national favorites.  Your $30 BBQ Ticket gets you a mug for unlimited beer sampling, a t-shirt and 10 tasting tickets to try out a variety of the barbecues from the cooks competing for the title of West Virginia State BBQ Champion. 

Live entertainment during the BBQ Festival will feature performances by the following:

11am – 12:30pm – KJ James

K.J. James is one of the country’s most celebrated bluesman and one of the most beloved event entertainers in the nation.  His credits include five consecutive NACA Campus Entertainer-of-the-Year nominations and national acclaim for his contribution to the internationally recognized Salt City Blues project.  Career highlights include main stage appearance at Woodstock ’99, the New York Blues Festival and Jazz Fest 2000 in Tampa .  With a repertoire of over five hundred songs, K.J. is one of the most engaging and dynamic performers on the blues scene today.  The sophistication of his harmony, dexterity and genuine sense of humor is recognized and respected by such blues greats at John Jackson and John Hammond.

 
12:45pm – 2:15 – Tom Principatto

Tom Principatto has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C.   Tom was the leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenon. Tom has also done brief stints with various acts including Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band, Big Mamma Thornton and Sunnyland Slim.  Tom also recorded with the late guitar legend Danny Gatton on an album that was considered for a Grammy Nomination.  In addition to winning first place in the WHFS / Harmony Hut Guitar Talent Hut, Tom has wone a total of 2 WAMMY Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.  

2:30pm – 4pm:  Reggie Wayne Morris

Reggie Wayne Morris hails from Baltimore and he blues with an infectious passion.  The blues was also a part of family life, provided by guitar, piano and harmonica playing family members. Over the years Reggie has developed an upbeat, rocking style that pays homage to those who bore witness and spread the blues news from generation to generation.  Hi has been a featured performer at the Baltimore Blues Festival for several years, a favorite on the mid-Atlantic club circuit and has toured and . 

9pm – 11pm:  Live blues entertainment with Rusty Wright.  $15 admission to this great evening show.

Rustry Wrigt’s got the kind of guitar chops that make people stop and stare, spellbound.  Wide eyed, people jostle for a better view of his hands and riotous facial expressions.  His diverse career as an in-demand touring guitarist, front man and composser has taken him to most points in the and acrss Europe .   

Fronting the band with Wright is his wife, rhythm guitarist / vocalist Laure Lacross-Wright, a compelling singer with a vivid and expressive vocal style that stretches with ease from a breathy, crooned endearment into a two-octave slide that becomes a throaty affirmation of her ability to wail.

Purchase your tickets today – call 877-441-4FUN for ticket information

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