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Big Apple Barbecue to Host 10 Free Concerts in Madison Square Park

By Shaye Weaver | May 24, 2017 2:19pm
 The Big Apple Barbecue is slated for June 10 and 11.
The Big Apple Barbecue is slated for June 10 and 11.
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Big Apple Barbecue

FLATIRON — Bring Your Own Bib.

The grills will be firing soon in Madison Square Park for the 15th Annual Big Apple Barbecue on June 10 and 11.

While 15 pit masters cook up tons of meat at this year's event, the music of 10 bands and artists will fill the air.

On Saturday, June 10,  DJ Amira Nader, who spins country tunes, will kick off the event, followed by Brooklyn's National Reserve, Milwaukee's Dead Horses, Boston's Adam Ezra Group and Antibalas, which has served as Carnegie Hall's house band and played with groups like The Roots and the Alabama Shakes. 

On Sunday, DJ Vinyl Ranch will take the stage, followed by indie rockers Walker Lukens and Emily Wolfe, both from Austin. Country artist Cris Jacobs from Baltimore and blues band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes from New Jersey will also perform.

The block party and performances are free and open to all, with food and drinks available to buy.

All barbecue plates cost $12 each from any one of the pit masters, which include local names like John Stage from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Blue Smoke. Other renowned pit masters from around the country will join in the action.

All proceeds benefit the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which maintains the park.

Since 2003, the barbecue has raised more than $1.3 million for the popular green space, according to Keats Myer, the conservancy's executive director.

"We can't think of a more fun way to support our work than by welcoming folks to the Park to enjoy America's best barbecue," she said in a statement.