Over the past few years, the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival strayed from its local roots.
Crowds poured in from the tri-state region. They heard great music, ate smokin’ barbecue, and their kids played in bouncy houses and on slides.
The only thing lacking was Westporters. For some reason, it was hard to find our neighbors there.
The event — set for August 31 and September 1 , at the Levitt Pavilion and library parking lot — has been reimagined this year. Founder Bob LeRose returns as a producer. He, Westporters Peter Propp and Crispin Cioe have reached out to local businesses.
Though they’ve scrapped the BBQ portion of the event, they’re bringing in top acts like Lawrence, Anders Osborne, Southern Avenue and the Main Squeeze.
“We view the event as Westport’s hometown festival,” Propp says.
This summer, 3 interns helped maintain that hometown feel.
In the spring, Taylor Barr — a 2019 Staples High School graduate who heads to George Washington University soon — joined the team.
He recruited rising seniors Emily Stone and Emma Vannart. The trio worked on social media, strategy and sponsorship sales. They’re now distributing posters and postcards around town.
Propp calls the interns “an unstoppable force.” They helped bring on West, Earth Animal and Greenwich Medical Spa as new sponsors.
“They analyze problems, crack jokes, are thoughtful and smart,” Propp says. “It’s been really fun to get to know them.”
As Blues & Views draws near, more volunteers (of any age) are needed. There’s work to be done before — and of course during — the festival. For more information on the event, click here. To volunteer, email email@example.com.