10th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival
April 27, 2019 Noon-8pm

April 27, 2019 Noon-8pm

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Barbecue and Blues are a great combination, so don’t miss out on the 10th Annual Bob Sykes Bar B Q & Blues Festival, April 27, 2019.


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
  • 12 and under are free with ticketed adult
  • General Admission tickets are $15.00 online or visit Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant
    $20.00 day of festival at the gate
  • Food and drinks are sold separately
  • Beer and wine sold with proof of ID
  • No tents, pets, or coolers allowed

2019 Line-Up To Be Announced

Checkout Last Years Line-Up!

3-6-2007 -- Northport, Ala -- Blues musician Debbie Bond for the Spring 2007 issue of Tuscaloosa magazine. (Tuscaloosa magazine / Robert Sutton)

Debbie Bond

Stage Time 12:15-1:15

Debbie Bond
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Johnny Rawls

stage Time 5:30-6:45pm

Johnny Rawls
Beverly Guitar Watkins, King Biscuit_RJS1968-Edit-2Roger Stephenson

MusicMaker Relief Foundation all Star Band

Roger Stephenson

Jeff Jensen

stage Time 7:00pm-8:00pm

Jeff Jensen

Chris Simmons Band

stage Time 3:00-4:00pm

Chris Simmons Band
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stage Time 4:15-5:15pm


Sponsorship Opportunities

Our Vendors

Become a VENDOR!

Becoming a Vendor 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.

How To Become a Vendor Today?

  1. Fill out the online Vendor form and mail with payment to Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant
  2. Contact elaine.lyda@gmail.com

Vendor Fees

10th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival
April 27, 2019

Food and merchandise vendors are accepted on a limited basis. Vendors are selected based on merchandise, product variety, product appropriateness, and space availability. Duplicate vendors will be separated as much as possible, but no one will be relocated if this does not occur. Vendors must send an itemized list of all items in application. Food vendors are expected to comply with all Health Department regulations.

A 10x10 site at the festival for promotional displays and merchandising opportunities, including the right to giveaway premium items, coupons, or product samples. Festival will provide standard electricity. Generators are not allowed unless discussed first with event organizer. Vendor will provide a 10x10 tent, signage, table, chairs, and extension cords.

Proof of Vendor license must be provided before festival. All vendors selling merchandise or food within the City of Bessemer must have a valid business license or obtain a special business license for the duration of the event. Any vendor selling food must provide documentation from the health department before a license will be issued.

10% sales tax will be collected at the conclusion of the festival by a representative of the City of Bessemer. Please take appropriate measure to price your items accordingly.

Food, Merchandise, Arts&Crafts Vendor FEES:     

  • $200 By April 1st
  • $250 After April 1st

Vendor Opportunities

Please fill out the following applications and return.

Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival Application

Bessemer Business License Application