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March 14, 2017 > Masters of blues raising money Smoking Pig hosts BBQ cook off and LLS Fundraiser

Masters of blues raising money Smoking Pig hosts BBQ cook off and LLS Fundraiser

Paul Ruddick and his Smoking Pig Restaurant teamed with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) when his former boss went into remission three years ago. Now, Ruddick hosts an annual event at the Smoking Pig in Fremont, bringing together one of the most exciting lineups of blues musicians on the West Coast.

The event also features a BBQ cook-off. Teams bring their own cookers, but the Smoking Pig will donate the meat. First prize is $100 Smoking Pig gift certificate, $50 for second. As Ruddick notes, ÒThe cook-off is really about bragging rights. ItÕs also a great excuse to hang out with friends, eat some BBQ, drink some beers, and listen to great blues.Ó

Live music takes place outdoors from noon to 6 p.m. At 9 p.m. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood perform indoors. There will be a jump house, as well as crafts and activities for the kids. DonÕt miss your chance to purchase raffle tickets for hourly drawings! The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Previous Smoking Pig LLS fundraisers have raised more than $10,000 in the last three years; Ruddick hopes to raise $4,000 this year. Come on out and support a great cause, catch some blues (the good kind), and enjoy the best BBQ around!

Musicians donating their talents include:
Terry Hiatt
Paula Harris
Big Jon Atkinson
Anthony Paule
Paula Harris
John Blues Boyd
John Lull and South City Blues Band
Terrie Odabi
Aki Kumar
Raya Zion and the Tribal Blues Band
Wee Willie Walker

Smoking Pig Blues Fundraiser
Saturday, Mar. 18
11 a.m. Ð midnight
Outdoor entertainment: noon Ð 6 p.m.
No cover
Food and drink profits go to LLS
3340 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(510) 713-1854

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