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Westport Welcomes The Blues & BBQ World

Westport is many things to many people. We’re hedge fund headquarters, an arts colony, and a great place to raise kids.

For 2 days every year, Westport is also the blues and BBQ capital of the Northeast.

A multi-hued, very diverse crowd of music and food lovers descended on the Westport Library and Imperial Avenue parking lots, plus the Levitt Pavilion, today and tonight.

The 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival kicked off in its highest gear ever. From kick-ass music to definitely non-vegan food — and with games, booths, fun and more for all ages — it was the liveliest opening day ever.

Tomorrow’s (Sunday) show runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you’ve never been, you have to check it out (info here).

If you’ve been before, you know you’re going back.

Anders Osborne — the Swedish bluesman from New Orleans — rocked a full Levitt Pavilion house tonight.

Amits Bread was a perfect complement to Big Animal Barbecue. Check out their smoker, next to Amit.

What’s a barbecue festival without ribs…

…and fried food.

These kids loved Tom’s roid-rippin’ hot sauce.

Dane Tilghman came from Pennsylvania to show his blues-infused artwork.

Tats: They’re not just for teenagers.

The Levitt Pavilion concerts were sold out. But a brass band played for everyone else in the Westport Library parking lot.

An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the Levitt Pavilion shows.

Even at the crowded Levitt, there was a chance to chill, and enjoy the day.

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