13th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival April 20, 2024

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Barbecue and Blues are a great combination, so don’t miss out on the 13th Annual Bob Sykes Bar B Q & Blues Festival.



2024 Music Line-Up:

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National Anthem and Emcee by Aretta Woodruff

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

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Earl Williams

12:10pm - 1:10pm


Skyler Saufley

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

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Misty Blues

2:30 PM  - 3:45 PM

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Nikki Hill

3:55 PM - 5:10 PM

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Chambers DesLauriers Band

5:20 PM - 6:35 PM

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Chris "BadNews" Barnes

6:45 PM - 8:00pm 

Here are the details:

  • Gates open at 11am. Festival is 12-8pm.
  • Award winning national and local blues musicians performing on one stage
  • Enjoy legendary Bob Sykes Bar B Q
  • Located at DeBardeleben Park
    1623 2nd Avenue North
    Bessemer, AL 35020
  • Bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day
  • Activities for the entire family for every age
  • Art and Vendor area
  • Sponsorship opportunities available for companies to engage face to face with their audience and represent their brand on the ground
  • Festival benefits local charity
  • 8 and under are free with ticketed adult
  • General Admission tickets are $25.00 online or visit Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant $30.00 day of festival
  • Food and drinks are sold separately
  • Beer and wine sold with proof of ID
  • No tents, pets, or coolers allowed


Loretta (Paparazzi jewelry)

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to set up a booth at the event! Hoping we get another opportunity again next year! Thanks again!"

Owner of Bright Star

“Great job!”

David Kovakis

“I can’t wait till next year. It has become a first class festival.”

SAFY Sponsor

“I honestly enjoyed myself. Can’t wait til next year!”

Pork Skin Vendor

“Thank you for having me it was awesome and I want to participate next year as well.”

"Best day of the Spring so far for me. We had a BLAST."

“We go to this festival every year and have always loved the talent and the food. This event improves the image of our city because the park is a perfect venue. Thanks Sykes family for sponsoring this every year. The bands seem like they get better every year. If we can get Mother Nature to behave like she did this year, there would be nothing to improve.”

“Good music! Good food! Just fun!”

“Always a fun family day! Great music, great food, great folks:)”

"Awesome music! Beautiful day in the neighbor hood! God bless the Festival this year!”

“This my 3rd year going to the festival! Every body come out for a great time! Van puts together a great blues line up and what can i say the BBQ speaks for itself!”

Eric Velasco

“That was a life-affirming day.”

Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Official Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Media Partners

Become a Sponsor!

Becoming a sponsor is a great way to engage face to face with your audience in Bessemer and the Birmingham, Alabama area.

The festival has been chosen for numerous years as one of the top food festivals in Alabama.

There is something to do for the entire family including a large kids corner with activities and games.

Besides great music, the festival offers a variety of booths including arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits, and a diverse selection of vendors selling tempting offers.

Festival Charity

The 2024 Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival charity beneficiary is

The Bessemer Service League which is a group of women dedicated to promoting volunteer service and philanthropy to benefit the community of Bessemer, Alabama.

Since 2010, the festival has provided funding for Alabama charities including Caring Men and Caring Women, Red Mountain Grace, Children’s of Alabama, Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation, Clay House, Hands On Birmingham, Ady’s Army and Latch and Live Foundation.

Our Vendors

Vendor Opportunities

Please fill out the following applications and return.

2024 Vendor Application

Bessemer Business License Application


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