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Allentown, PA – Friday, March 15, 2024


The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance in partnership with the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and the City of Allentown is honored to present the 16th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival on Saturday, June 22nd from 12 noon until 10 p.m. in Downtown Allentown. Get ready to rock the streets in the heart of Downtown as this year’s festival lineup will stand to impress Blue’s lovers and music aficionados alike! 


The internationally acclaimed blues superstar, Nikki Hill, heads this year's festival. North Carolina born and raised; Nikki began her musical career singing gospel in the church choir from childhood through her early teens. While growing up along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans and Memphis Tennessee, she developed her unique style ranging from garage rock n’ roll, blues, and roots. Her explosively energetic stage performance with her distinct sound, sent her on a worldwide tour that included over 30 festivals and made her a sought-after blues sensation. Prepare to be blown away by Nikki's electrifying stage presence and talent! 


Opening for Nikki Hill is the multi-award winning and critically raved, Ghost Town Blues Band. Their newest album SHINE debuted at #1 Blues Album on Billboard. Headlining festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Ghost Town Blues captivate audiences with their "second-line horn entrance," cigar box guitars, and electric push brooms. Their innovative performance has been coined “best new live blues show in the world”, and they're guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long!

In addition to our sensational headlining acts, expect to enjoy sets from local Lehigh Valley favorites such as The Craig Thatcher Band, Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Bryant Brothers, Mississippi Pig Farmers, and more!


Thanks to the amazing partners at the City of Allentown, the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, our amazing volunteers, and other downtown stakeholders - this year's festival boasts of being bigger, better, and bluesier than ever before! This event is open to the public free of charge.  Indulge your taste buds with mouthwatering barbecue, sip on refreshing draft and craft brews, and enjoy activities for the whole family! Allentown is proud to host this ultimate celebration of music, food, and community at Blues, Brews & Barbecue 2024! 


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When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 

Time: 12 Noon – 10 p.m. 

Where: Hamilton Street from 5th to 9th streets and 7th Street north and south 

What:  Music and food festival, featuring Blues music and all styles of barbecue, plus great crafters, and non-food vendors.  


Presenting Sponsor – City of Allentown  


Event sponsorship opportunities are available! Please inquire to 


About the Chamber: The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area.  We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money-saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises.  With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.  

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