Get ready to lick your fingers and tap your feet as the High Desert Music Festival & BBQ Showdown returns to the Victorville Fairgrounds, 14800 Seventh Ave., Victorville, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. 12 Noon-9 p.m.
The High Desert Music Festival uniquely blends the very best in live music (Pop, Blues, Rock, Old School, R&B) with the nation’s top BBQ Pit Masters as they compete for thousands of dollars in cash, prizes, and national bragging rights.
Tickets are now on sale: Presale: $20 per day (with 2 taste tickets); Weekend Pass, $35.00 (4 taste tix). At Gate: $25-Day Pass and $45-Weekend Pass. Children 12 & under free. Limited V.I.P. Weekend Passes (with perks) are available.
A portion of proceeds benefit Que’n For The Cause, programs that provide food and service to the less fortunate. Donate a food item for Victor Valley Rescue Mission and receive $1 off ticket price.
This year’s music lineup includes Little Willie G, the original voice of famed Chicano rock group Thee Midniters; SoCal blues-rock guitar goddess, Laurie Morvan Band; a Tribute to Motown featuring vocal quintet, The 5 Tempting Men; The Three Diamonds; Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Ray Brooks; Billboard EDM chart-topper Destenee; the 60 Grit Blues Band; plus local crowd favorites, The Tuba Force, The Doug Phillips Band, Tessie & The Calico Cats, The Blue Henrys, and The Latin Express. Also young teen singing sensation Vee Nelson and a special awards tribute to music greats who will appear in person.
This year’s Festival Ambassadors are the High Desert 49ers semi-pro football team. On-site mobile first aid and cooling station at Festival provided both days by the renowned Boo Boo Village.
The region’s top BBQ-ers will attempt to dethrone 2013 champion Wild Willy’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ, in a highly-anticipated competition anctioned by the prestigious Kansas City BBQ Society. The Cook-Off features competitions in four mouth-watering categories: Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chicken, and Pork. One team will also be named champion of the event, and festival-goers can cast their vote towards the “People’s Choice” Award. Those interested in learning the art of judging BBQ contests will have a rare opportunity to enroll in a Certified BBQ Judging Class. The class is one of only two courses held in California and sanctioned by the KC BBQ Society.
For classic auto and motorcycle enthusiasts, take a stroll down Memory Lane as you cruise through the High Desert’s premiere Car Show featuring an array of standards, classics and tricked-out cars plus customized motorcycles, coordinated by the All N All Southern California Car Club.
The Kidz Zone features magic shows, face painting, storytelling, balloon animals. games and special youth activities including interactive music, dance, art, and healthy living activities. Special appearances by Crickit The Magician, Clarence “Chazz” Ross and Danger Man, the Urban Super Hero who will entertain youths of all ages.
Sponsors include Harley Davidson, Coors Light, Victor Valley Motors, Guitar Center, Far West Meats, University of La Verne, Greater Pacific Real Estate Services, Siverts Publishing, Victor Valley Daily Press, Office of Supervisor Robert Lovingood, County of San Bernardino, All N All Car Club, San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Arrowhead Water, Inland Scene Magazine, Erupt Designs and DEC Group.
About The Organizer: The DEC Group is an organization that has been at the forefront of social change. It courageously takes an innovative stance on issues such as education, leadership development, and healthy environments. Through creative arts, community service, education, and advocacy, The DEC Group improves the quality of life for youth, their families, and the community.
Call for details: (760) 705-4FUN or www.highdesertmusicfestival.com.