Backyard BBQ – The Food

BBQ Turkey Legs Anyone?

It wouldn’t be a BBQ without actual BBQ now would it. We’ve recruited some of our local restaurant pals to help make the Backyard BBQ not only a great music event, but as is always the case with big WMSE events, an event with delicious food from local businesses. Here are the local eateries serving you food,  and what they’ll be serving, all day on Sunday, July 18th at Cathedral Square Park.

Maxie’s Southern Comfort: How could we NOT have Maxie’s there? Especially since we have southern-fried music the likes of Southern Culture on the Skids, Eric Lindell and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Vegetarian Jambalaya
Andouille Sausage Jambalaya
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw
Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw
Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hurricane Punch

Palomino: It’s like taking a juke joint in Louisiana, plopping it in Bay View and combining all that is Milwaukee.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Tater Tots

Food Services, Inc: You know the good folks serving you brews at Chili Contest? That’s Food Services. Good people. Good food.

BBQ Chicken Sticks
Jumbo Hot Dog
Wisconsin Brat w/ Kraut
Char-Grilled Burger
Pork Chop Sandwich

Ball ‘n Biscuit: Our very good catering friends and the good folks that have allowed us to say the BBQ will have a “straw hats and lemonade” feel.

Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches w/ peppers
Hand-shaken lemonade, pink lemonade and limeade


Backyard BBQ Schedule

We’ve already told you about the amazing Backyard BBQ line-up, but here’s the schedule of bands playing our free event at Cathedral Square Park on Sunday, July 18th.

The Ragadors – We’re just going to kick right into gear with the high energy blues rock of one of Milwaukee’s most exciting young bands.

The Jonathan Burks Band – Speaking of exciting, Gin-soaked and rowdy, Jon Burks will transport you into a smoke-filled, 1970’s honky tonk. Something to behold, really.

Eric Lindell – Swampy, New Orleans infused blues and R & B with a little bit of country twang, Linell will keep you dancing through the afternoon.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops – We probably can’t say in any better than the Drops say themselves:  “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.” We are really fortunate to have CCD at the BBQ. REALLY fortunate.

.357 String Band – “Streetgrass” is their self-described style of music. When you hear it, and maybe more poignant when you see it, you will know exactly why.

Southern Culture on the Skids – The headliners of the 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ, it’s almost as if this event was made for them. Country fried country rock and roll with the grit of a city, or as they say – “Countrypolitan”, SCOTS close out this quintessentially American event.

So that’s the music, but stay tuned for the food and another awesome surprise! Hint: Vroom!

Announcing: The Backyard BBQ

One of three facets of our Radio Summer Camp music festival (club shows and symposium being the other two), The Backyard BBQ – presented with help from the Pabst Theater – will be held on Sunday, July 18th. The Backyard BBQ is an all-day, outdoor, FREE concert featuring country, bluegrass, blues and roots-leaning music. Think straw hats, lemonade, great BBQ and some of the finest bands around. The music starts at 11:00am and goes to sundown.

There will be two more acts announced soon for the BBQ, but today we announce:

As you can see, we’re mixing the “countrypolitan” of national act Southern Culture on the Skids with the “streetgrass” of local favorites .357 String Band. Add the Carolina Chocolate Drops nod to historical African-American sounds, the swampy New Orleans blues of Eric Lindell, the bar-room country of Jonathan Burks and the energetic blues-rock of The Ragadors, and what we have here is a distinctly American event.