2022 Blues, Brews and BBQ
Venue: Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, Blacksburg
Organizations: Blue Monday Band, JoJo Stockton, Lady D, New River Blues Society, The Billy Crawford Band, The Woogemen
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 6:30 PM
Event Types: Music, Food, Miscellaneous
Donation of $5.00

The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center presents the 2022 Blues, Brews and BBQ on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Schedule of Bands:
• 12:00-12:45 PM: Jojo Stockton
• 1:15-2:00 PM: The Woogemen
• 2:30-3:15 PM: Lady D & MI$$ION
• 3:45-4:30 PM: The Blue Monday Band
• 5:00-6:30 PM: The Billy Crawford Band

Join us in honoring & celebrating the history of New Town and St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall: Museum of African American Heritage. St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall is a nationally recognized historic landmark that once served as the social center of New Town, a neighborhood for African-American residents during segregation. The Blues, Brews, and BBQ event recalls some of the happier times in New Town, when friends and neighbors would gather for singing, dancing, community, and fellowship.

Co-Sponsored by the New River Blues Society, the Virginia Tech Foundation and the Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation, this is an outdoor event featuring five outstanding bands: JoJo Stockton, The Woogemen, Lady D & Mi$$ion, The Blue Monday Band and headlined by The Billy Crawford Band.

As band leader and guitarist for Hott Sauce, Franklin County native JoJo Stockton is no stranger to the Roanoke music scene, where he currently is based. If you’re a fan of neo-soul, R&B, funk or old school music, make plans to see JoJo Stockton.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/hottsauceband

The Woogemen are a New River Valley group playing a true variety of all genres of music including blues, jazz, folk, rock and some fine pickin'.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/thewoogemen

Doris A. Fields, also known as Lady D, is an R&B and soul singer, songwriter, actress, director and playwright based in Beckley, West Virginia and is known as West Virginia's "First Lady of Soul". She performs as both a duo and with her band Mi$$ion.

Among her accomplishments are her five CDs, "Nobody's Bizness," "My Turn", "Reflections" and "Go Higher". "Nobody's Bizness" was released in 2003. It is the musical soundtrack from her one-woman stage play, "The Lady and the Empress," which she wrote and performs. The play is based on the life and music of blues legend, Bessie Smith and features 10 songs originally recorded by Smith in the 20s and 30s.

In 2008, Lady D’s original song, “Go Higher” was chosen as the best Obama Inaugural Song and earned her a trip with her band, MI$$ION to Washington, DC to perform at the Obama for Change Inaugural Ball in 2009. In 2010, Lady D was honored to perform at the live recording of the HistoryMakers: “An Evening With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” at the Cultural Center in Charleston. In August 2014, Lady D was inducted into the “All Black Schools Sports & Academic Hall of Fame” (ABSSA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Lady D was again honored to win the DC Blues Society Blues Challenge as a member of “Lady D with the Rogue Johnsen Trio".

She is a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia State University with a bachelor's degree in Communications.



The Blue Monday Band has been playing Chicago-style blues together for well over a decade, and even longer individually. You'll hear classic songs by Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf, and more, as well as many originals!

Billy Crawford was raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues. Now playing with his band, The Billy Crawford Band, he performs blues rock across the region.

Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee / Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.

The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.

But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style. Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics.



Admission is a $5.00 donation.

Enjoy food trucks, beer, ice cream and more available for purchase. Vendors include Bluegrass BBQ, Big Lick Ice Cream and Lil' Bit Corny.

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For more information, visit: https://www.blacksburgmuseum.org/blues-brews-bbq or https://www.facebook.com/blacksburgmuseum/ or https://www.instagram.com/blacksburgmuseum/.
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