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Y’all are invited to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sunday, May 26, for the third (almost) annual all-ages Blues Benefit and BBQ.

This LCCC fundraiser will feature Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland, playing East Texas style blues and a homestyle barbecue dinner made by Phill’s Smoke/N Grill. There will be room to dance, a no-host bar and a prize raffle. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the blues to start at 7 p.m., all at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.

Texas blues are a breed apart. That state has its own blues parameters as exemplified as much by Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan - who built upon the foundation of Lightnin’ Hopkins and T-Bone Walker - as it is by Delbert McClinton and Albert King.

Enter the Grammy nominated Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland. Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, McAllister is a fifth generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. Randy began as a drummer, but found the harmonica in his early 20s while stationed in Massachusetts as a member of the US Air Force. Taking cues from blues legend “Earring George” Mayweather, a Boston resident and harmonica master, McAllister moved back to Texas in 1992, a strong, skillful harp player who was establishing his vocal and songwriting skills.

He’s been an East Texas mainstay for 30 years with 15 albums. His triple-threat skills are on display in his latest recording, Triggers Be Trippin (Reaction Records). His compositions are raw and unyielding like “Math Ain’t Workin,” “Makeshift Molly” and, especially, “Beauty and Ugly Upside Down (Ode to Lizzie Velasquez).” There are highlights like “In A Flick of a Bic,” “Batter Up” and “Vacation In My Mind.” He ends it with the all-too-true “We Can’t Be Friends (If You Don’t Like Jimmy Reed).”

The May 26 Blues Benefit and BBQ will also include a barbecue dinner, made on site by Phill and Celia Bowles, and LCCC kitchen manager Judy Hardy. Dinner, which includes slow-cooked beef brisket, potato salad, beans, white bread and dessert, will be served at 5:30 p.m. Show-only ticket holders will be admitted at 6:30 p.m., with the music to start at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 inside the historic Delake School.

Dinner and show tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. Show-only tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for youth. There will be a no-host bar, with Northwest beers by the bottle and wines by the glass.

All proceeds from the 2019 Blues Benefit & BBQ will go to the operations of the nonprofit Lincoln City Cultural Center, a nonprofit center for creativity and community in the heart of Lincoln City. Tickets are sold online via the center’s website, lincolncity-culturalcenter.org (click “buy tickets”), by calling the center at 541-994-9994. Or, buy them in person at the Info Center, inside the LCCC at 540 NE Hwy. 101. It’s open six days a week (every day except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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