Bar-B-Grooves unites music and barbecue

Bar-B-Grooves will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the Town Common, the city park at 100 E. First St. along the Tar River in downtown Greenville. The free event combines the fourth annual Greenville Grooves celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month and the second annual Carolina BBQ Festival into an official city-sponsored event. The festival includes a pork barbecue competition and a turkey barbecue contest. The winner will be awarded a cash prize and trophy. The public will be able to sample the barbecue, at no charge. Kids' activities and inflatables will be available. There also will be vendors and street food and grog for purchase. Entertainment will include jazz great Carroll Dashiell's Motown R&B classic show.

Festival organizer is Jumail Blount of Greenville.

Here's the schedule of events: 1:30 p.m.: DIG (Dance into Greatness) Dancers 2 p.m.: Local teen singer/songwriter Caroline Dare 2:45 p.m.: CoExist Music Group 3:30 p.m.: DJ B-Owtt 3:50 p.m.: Announcements and giveaways 4:15 p.m.: Caroll V. Dashiell Band Motown Tribute 5:45 p.m.: Closing announcements