Clarksville gets the blues

The third annual Big Buggs Island Blues Bash will be held on Sept. 30, rain or shine, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Robbins Ballpark located at 104 Woodland Drive in Clarksville. This will be the second year that the bash will be in conjunction with the Polaris Slingshot cruise-in.
Coordinator of the event Scott “Woolly” Williamson encourages everyone to come out and have a good time whether you are a blues lover or even if you are not sure what the blues truly are.
Williamson said many people have the wrong idea about the blues, thinking it is all sad music, but he said it’s not sad at all. He invites everyone to experience true blues music with a lineup of international, national and regional performers playing some new blues and some of the old classics.
Williamson said the performers for this event will “make you hair stand on end” with their raw talent and ability to play the blues.
Co-headliners for the evening will be Bruce Katz Band and Anson Funderburgh featuring Stern and Cotton. Also performing will be James-Pace & Preslar, Jon Spear Band and Parker & Gray featuring Ken Farmer (from Antiques Roadshow).
People of all ages are encouraged to come out and enjoy live blues music, arts and crafts, food, drinks and a swing dance competition. Vendors will be set throughout the ballpark with arts and crafts and food provided by local restaurants and food trucks. Alcohol will also be available to purchase for attendees 21 and older with a valid ID.
Tickets are on sale locally at Central Insurance and Community Pharmacy in Clarksville and online at bbibb.org. Tickets are on sale for $25 each until Aug. 31, then from Sept. 1-29 tickets will cost $30. If you wait until you get to the gate, tickets will cost $35 each. No refunds will be available, and children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75, which includes full admission plus two complimentary drink tickets, seating under the stage side tent and access to the performers’ catered hospitality tent for a meet and greet.
A portion of the proceeds from each year’s Big Buggs Island Blues Bash are donated to a local nonprofit organization. In the years past the money has been given to the American Legion and the Clarksville Fine Arts Center. The organization receiving the donation from this years Bash has not been determined yet.
Arts and crafts vendors are still needed, if interested please visit the web site for contact information. For more information on the Big Buggs Island Blues Bash or to purchase a ticket online visit bbibb.org. For a preview of the talent that will be performing at the event visit the event’s YouTube channel by searching for the 2017 Big Buggs Island Bash or by checking out the videos provided on the Big Buggs Island Blues Bash Facebook page.
Buy your tickets now and start dusting off your lawn chair for a night at the ballpark experiencing the blues as the sun sets and the stars appear.