2017-04-20 / Arts & Entertainment News

Fourth annual Smoke on the Water promises hot time down by the river

The fourth annual downtown barbecue competition, complete with sizzling music acts, raffles and a special play area for the kids, is sure to be smoking hot this year.

The Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival — hosted by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center — pits professional teams from all across the Southeast. They will fire up their smokers for the grand champion title. Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded. As a Florida Bar-B-Que Association sanctioned contest, Smoke on the Water is a qualifier for the Jack Daniels Invitational Draw and the FBA’s new championship contest, the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational. Teams and vendors can still sign up.

As for the music part, Southwest Florida’s own Sheena Brook, who appeared on the current “The Voice,” will open the festival at 6 p.m. on April 28. Other acts include the Nowhere Band, The Blu- Tones, Strange Arrangement, The Electric Mud, Memphis Motown Experience and more.


Sheena Brook, fresh from her appearance on “The Voice,” will open the fest at 6 p.m. April 28. 
COURTESY PHOTO Sheena Brook, fresh from her appearance on “The Voice,” will open the fest at 6 p.m. April 28. COURTESY PHOTO Event attendees can purchase not only barbecue from one of the many cook teams from across the South, but craft beers and sweets from local vendors, as well, and other items from retail vendors. As a special promotion, Key West Express will be raffling off two trips during the event.

The two-day event at the Fort Myers River Basin is 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 28, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

The Friday band lineup is Sheena Brooke, 6 p.m., and The Nowhere Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Blu-Tones play at 2 p.m., Strange Arrangement at 4 p.m., The Electric Mud at 6 p.m. and The Memphis Motown Experience at 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Florida BBQ Association; Victory Layne Chevrolet; Andersen Windows & Doors; Florida Wood, Window, and Door Inc.; The city of Fort Myers, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Florida Weekly, Courtyard Marriott and Chico’s FAS. ¦

>> What: Fourth annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival, hosted by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

>> When: Friday April 28, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday April 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

>> Where: Fort Myers River Basin

>> Admission: Free, but VIP tickets are available for $75 and allow access to a VIP tent and tables at premium location near the stage, one meal, and drink tickets to be used for guest’s beverage of choice. See www.sbdac.com for more info.

>> Info: 333-1933; www.sbdac.com/smokewater 2017

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