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Bring your appetite to Hugger Mugger's "Brews, Blues & BBQ"

Carolina Indie Fest isn't your only chance to catch live music at Hugger Mugger Brewing, and one of those opportunities is just three short weeks away.

Blues sounds will mix with the smell of smoked meat once again on April 22 at Hugger Mugger Brewing in Downtown Sanford as the brewery hosts its second annual "Brews, Blues & BBQ" event.

There will be two competitions during the day — a BBQ cookoff with 10 cooks competing for cash prizes, and the second-annual “Banana Puddin’-Off’ with three local bakeries competing for the title of “top banana.” BBQ plates are $25, which includes three pounds of smoked pork, cole slaw and and roll or cornbread. Pudding plates are $16.

Each plate includes a ticket, and your votes determine the winner. Plate pick-up starts at 6 p.m.

While you wait for food, enjoy some jams from three of the area's best live blues bands.

The Andy Coats Band takes the stage at 3 p.m. Bringing a fresh attitude but vintage tone to the blues scene, Coats is a seasoned performer and multifaceted singer-songwriter-guitarist. He has lived and performed in Southern California, the Midwest, and is currently back in the region where he was born and raised—the Piedmont of North Carolina.

In 2007, Andy won the Triangle Blues Society (TBS) Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. In doing so, he earned the right to represent the TBS at the International Blues Challenge of 2008, where he made it to the semi-finals. Sherry Johnson, of the TBS, has called Andy "one of North Carolina's most gifted young bluesmen."

Soul Pancake goes on at 4:45 p.m. They're described as "an energetic, soulful, blues band that infuses Blues, Soul, Rock, and Funk." Expect to hear B.B. King, Albert Collins, Tommy Castro, Delbert McClinton, and many more.

The Jason Damico Band will close out the night's performances beginning at 7 p.m. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina this “rocking young turk” has already racked up many awards: Carolina Music Awards Rock Male Artist of the Year and Youth Artist of the Year; 8x GRAMMY© Considered; Triangle Blues Society Solo Blues Challenge Winner competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis; Best Overall Musician Award; Youngest Member (15) of the Duke University Jazz Ensemble; Song of the Year Semi-Finalist Winner; winner of multiple music video awards, and more.

Damico’s “amalgamation” writing style, high energy, deep, powerful, baritone vocals in the vein of Jim Morrison (The Doors), Peter Steele (Type O Negative), and Johnny Cash, blended with blistering guitar riffs in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Zakk Wylde, and Jimi Hendrix, results in an undeniably, soulful swagger of a satisfyingly “new blue” sound.

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