One of our favorite DC summer events takes place today and tomorrow – the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle XIX. Barbecue teams and restaurants from all over the United States line Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th Streets NW to show off their recipes competing to be the National Pork Barbecue Champion. Patrons get to try out the BBQ and judge for themselves.
Two music stages, one more focused on rock and the other on R & B music, provide entertainment with acts well known to Washington area music fans such as Chuck Brown (THE godfather of go-go), EU (see video above for EU performing their ’80s hit Da Butt at the Barbecue Battle from years past) and the Junkyard Band. Honor by August (video), a great rock band, will be on hand Saturday evening and local favorite Love Seed Mamma Jump performs Sunday during the day.
The weather is supposed to be fantastic both days, highs in the mid to upper 80s. Saturday hours are 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday hours are 11 am to 7:30 pm. Adult tickets are $12 and kids tickets are $5 with part of the entrance fee going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
Street closures until midnight Sunday follow:
- Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 9th Street to 14th Street, NW
- 10th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue to E Street, NW
- 11th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue to E Street, NW
- 12th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue to E Street, NW
We’ll be there to take in the good music and good food. Chalk up another reason to love living downtown! If you attend(ed), what will/did you enjoy most?