Thursday, August 5, 2021

Blues, Brews and BBQ

Annual city festival returns with headline entertainment, fireworks

They are already firing up the grills in preparation for the 10th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ event which will return to Westland this weekend, Aug. 6 and 7.

The event will feature talented musicians, all American barbecue and a selection of Michigan craft beers at Thomas H. Brown Central City Park.

Showing off their grill skills will be professional pit-masters Hill Billy Bone BBQ, Heaven on a Roll, Old Dads BBQ, The Grill Father, and Smokehouse 52 BBQ, all serving on-site, slow cooked, authentic BBQ. Also set to offer their wares are Harvest Kettle Corn, Detroit Mini Donut, Big Dog Hot Dogs, and Redd Ventures.

Tomorrow night, Aug. 6, attendees will be treated to Monsieur Guillaume and His Zydeco Hepcats kicking it off at 5 p.m. Taking the stage next will be The Boa Constrictors, performing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and then the headline act, Broken Arrow Blues, will finish the night from 9 until 11 p.m.

The fun rolls right into Saturday, Aug. 7 with Family Fun Time starting at the park at 2 p.m. The Joe Stanley Trio will begin playing at 4 p.m. and from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Drew Schultz & the Broken Habits will take the stage. Renown Blues artist Thornetta Davis will perform from 8:30 until 10 p.m.   

 Members of the Westland Fire Department have partnered with Kroger in order to distribute COVID-19 vaccines on site during the event.

Closing the event on Saturday will be the much-anticipated All American Firework Celebration which includes a special tribute drone show to honor the 55th anniversary of Westland as a city.

 “It has been truly incredible to watch this event grow for the past 10 years and we are so excited to bring it back to the community just in time to celebrate the city's 55th anniversary,” commented Mayor William R. Wild. 

“In addition to being a perfect way to spend a summer weekend, proceeds benefit a number of Westland charities.  Proceeds from this event benefit local civic organizations to support their charitable work locally in Westland.  To date, this event has raised and given back to the community nearly $250,000,” Wild said. 

Official hours for the event are 5 until 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and the Family Fun Time from  2 until 4 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 7. General admission Saturday begins at 4 p.m. and the event will close at 11 p.m.

Parking for Blues, Brews and BBQ will be free this year at Thomas H. Brown Central City Park, with overflow parking at John Glenn High School, the Friendship Senior Center, and William D. Ford Career Technical Center as well. Free shuttle buses will be provided from the three overflow parking locations from 6 until 11:30 p.m. Friday and from 5 until 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

More information is available at along with a complete list of the sponsors who made the  event possible.