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National Capital Barbecue Battle with LOTS OF REGGAE MUSIC

The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the DC area and around the country. This sizzling summer festival is packed full of food, music and special attractions. It features a free sampling tent and live entertainment on three state-of-the-art stages, including 30 reggae, rock, R&B, jazz, and blues bands. The National Capital Barbecue Battle has been voted a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel and Discovery.com and has been featured on broadcasts all over the world. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington.

The music lineup looks particularly good on Saturday, with the Reggae Stage (yes, a whole stage just for reggae!) featuring The Wailers (performing many of the classic hits from Bob Marley and The Wailers), Lucky Dub, Jah Works, Second Wind, Walking Sticks, and I&I Riddim. For the Go Go lovers, EU and Sugarbear will be commemorating the 25'th anniversary of "Da Butt" (has it really been that long ;-)

Let's meet there at noon so we can enjoy the free "while supplies last" sample tent, then go enjoy the music. If you have a light-weight folding chair you can sling over your shoulder, bring it along. I'll be sending out my cell # to everyone so you can call to find the group. We'll be meeting up with two other groups at this event, Social DC and Social Md.

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UPDATES:

1. Getting There. Take the metro red, blue or orange line to the Metro Center station, or take the green or yellow lines to the Archives station.  Walk to Pennsylvania Ave.  The festival takes up 5 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave, from 9th Street to 14th Street. You can't miss it.

2. Getting In. Pay $12 at the gate, or buy a ticket in advance at Eventbrite.

3. When To Arrive. For the best food, come early; for the best music, stay late ;-)  There's great music all day, with the best bands later in the day:

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Opening Ceremony

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm   I&I Riddim

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Walking Sticks

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm     Second Wind

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm     Jah Works

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm     Lucky Dub

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm     The Wailers

There are free (while supplies last) BBQ samples in the Safeway tent in front of the Old Post Office (in the middle of the festival).  The free samples will probably run out by 2'ish, but after that, you can get BBQ from any of the multiple restaurants and vendors that will be at the event.

4. How to Find the Group. First, come to the Pepsi Stage, at 9th Street.  That's where the reggae bands will be playing.  Then you can check the website here to see if anyone has posted info in the comments, or you can call me (Allen) on my cell phone.  I'll post my number in the comment section below on Saturday morning.

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UPDATE 2:

At a big event like this surrounded by a crowd, it can be hard to tell who is with the group.  That can put damper on being friendly and meeting other members.  To solve that problem, I have red wristbands to hand out to everyone.  That will make it easy to tell who is with our group--just look for everyone else wearing an identical red wristband.

When you get to the event, come find me (Allen) and ask for your wristband.

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  • Kofi

    Great event/performances – & especially by the legendary family band!……… Makes one feel so very proud of the legacy of Bob M.!....... So glad 2have been able to attend!..... Thanks to Organizers/etc. – & especially to Artistes/Musicians/Bands for bringing/sharing lovely vibes with us!..... Jah’s One Love! – & Peace!!

    June 24, 2013

  • Wayne

    Good meet with good music and a lot of Caribbean vibes

    June 24, 2013

  • Roxanne

    Was worth the drive from Baltimore

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Allen thanks for hosting you did a great job and the event was super fun! Lots of great music and dancing and the Wailers were fantastic.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Coco

      It was nice meeting you Amy!

      June 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You too Coco!

      1 · June 23, 2013

  • Allen

    Great seeing everyone yesterday. The Wailers were astounding, and Jah Works and Lucky Dub were really good, too. I couldn't ask for more.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Keat

    Enjoyed myself

    June 22, 2013

  • Coco

    Wow what a fun group it was my pleasure meeting you all. Carmencita thanks for the great pic;-) I'm deftly sticking with this Meetup group!

    June 22, 2013

  • Coco

    Nice meeting Mimi and Jamal...still waiting to meet everyone else:-)

    June 22, 2013

  • jay d.

    This is my first meetup with this group. I meet some cool people . I'll probably hit up Lux later too. If any of you ever want to hang out, hit me up. [masked]

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Leti

    Anyone hanging out in DC tonight?

    June 22, 2013

  • Coco

    Did everyone leave?

    June 22, 2013

    • Coco

      Did someone wave at me?

      June 22, 2013

    • Carmencita

      I have a white dress on

      June 22, 2013

  • O.C.

    while facing the stage at 9th & penn, look for group sitting on sidewalk to the right of the stage. Look for Allen with blue shirt, blue hat, sunglasses and white shorts or anyone with a Red wristband.

    June 22, 2013

    • Heather

      Seems I was right behind the group and didn't know it...wasn't aware of wrist band id earlier.

      June 22, 2013

  • Coco

    Where is everyone?

    June 22, 2013

    • Heather

      I just left. Reggae started about 5...expected more of it

      June 22, 2013

  • Me

    I just left. Had some food and relaxed. Too hot!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Ashley

    Just left and I'm just checking this. I'll be at lux lounge with the group tonight. Hope to meet some of you there. :)

    June 22, 2013

  • Isabelle

    Where is the meetup tent?

    June 22, 2013

  • jay d.

    Back of stage outside of tent. Sitting behind Greyhound bus. Red tank, black hat, sunglasses, sitting with 2 other members. Holla at us.

    June 22, 2013

    • jay d.

      There's two stages. Make sure your at the right one.

      June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Sitting with Tracey big curly hair and Jamal with a hat by the bus

    June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Wearing a dress

    June 22, 2013

  • Heather

    Before I enter the gates, where is everyone?

    June 22, 2013

    • Tracey

      Pepsi stage by 9th street entrance

      June 22, 2013

  • Tracey

    At the Pepsi stage close to the 9th street entrance

    June 22, 2013

  • Anthony A.

    Right of stage

    June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Jamal And I are at the Pepsi stage. By the NBA

    June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Pepsi stage by NBA nation

    June 22, 2013

  • Tracey

    Where is everyone at

    June 22, 2013

    • jay d.

      Let me know when you find out. Lol. At Pepsi stage

      June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Walking like a crazy woman here. Don't see a stage

    June 22, 2013

  • Ashley

    At Pepsi stage with my food. Where is everyone???

    June 22, 2013

    • jay d.

      Im there too, red tank black Yankee's hat. Where u

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    I am here!! Where is everyone? Lol

    June 22, 2013

  • Ashley

    I'm here. Didn't see the Pepsi stage. Walking around trying to get some food. Hmmm good

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Nadjma

      Call me nadjma[masked] 3009.so we.can hangout

      June 22, 2013

    • jay d.

      Im here too where yall at this my first meetup

      June 22, 2013

  • Isabelle

    I am on my way! See you all there!!!!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Carmencita

    On my way!

    June 22, 2013

  • Nadjma

    Leaving now, gonna take the metro from rockville!

    June 22, 2013

    • Heather

      Just behind you, leaving from shady grove

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Anthony A.

    On my way!!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'Il be there closer to 2-ish. Should I head to the Pepsi stage then? I will call your cell Allen, thanks!

    June 22, 2013

  • Keat

    I will be there 2 - 3

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi wondering if you have to pay for children?

    June 22, 2013

  • Me

    I'll be thee about 1-130 - Yellow dress

    June 22, 2013

  • Lakeisha A.

    I will arrive a little after 2pm. I'm looking forward to the event.

    June 22, 2013

  • Marcia R.

    I proberly won't get there until after 2pm but I will be there.

    June 22, 2013

  • Lesa J.

    i wish i could, but i have prior plans--enjoy!

    June 21, 2013

  • regina

    I wont get there until 1pm

    June 20, 2013

  • CATHY

    I will not be attending

    June 20, 2013

  • Keat

    Got my ticket

    June 19, 2013

  • CATHY

    Hello everyone, I am new to Maryland also. I would like to attend. So we would meet a the Pepsi stage @ 12. Where do we park at?

    June 19, 2013

    • Michelle C.

      Metro tends to be best getting to the national mall. Go to www.wmata.com

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • naki a.

    Saturday promises hot weather. Can I bring fruit and soda in a cooler for my family?

    June 16, 2013

    • Allen

      Hi Naki, I didn't see anything their website that addressed this. I would guess a cooler might be a problem, unless it were a small one tucked under a baby stroller. You could try contacting the event at http://www.bbqindc.co...­ to get an official answer, although with a big one-weekend event like this, it would not surprise me if what actually happens at the gate is different than the official policy.

      June 16, 2013

  • Me

    Where do u buy tickets ?

    June 12, 2013

  • Isabelle

    Yes I'm new here so it great to get a taste of Home here!

    June 5, 2013

    • Allen

      Welcome to DC!

      1 · June 5, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    If I don't make a crabfeast I've also been invited to, then count me in for a finger licking good time.

    1 · June 5, 2013

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