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Colin James, Robert Cray here for BBQ & Blues fest

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Colin James, the Robert Cray Band, Eddie Shaw, Romi Mayes, Big Dave McLean, Watermelon Slim and the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer are just a few of the acts that will be singing the blues at the third annual Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, which takes place Aug. 16 and 17 at its new home at Shaw Park. The event has moved downtown from Red River Exhibition Park.

The Pit Masters Championship, a barbecue competition for professionals and amateurs alike that features a lip-smacking $10,000 grand prize, will be returning this year. Teams will also compete for invites to the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbeque Competition in Tennessee and the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Daytime musical programming, food and beverage vendors and a Sunday-morning gospel brunch are also on tap for the weekend.

Early-bird passes are $49.50 for the weekend or $34.50 for day passes and go on sale today at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

Regular passes go on sale July 7 and are $69.50 for the weekend, $39.50 for the day.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 23, 2014 D2

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