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September 21, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CST
Roots ’N' Blues ’N' BBQ isn’t the only way to enjoy some bluegrass music and food straight off the grill this weekend. The Bridge is hosting local bands and preparing some finger-lickin’ good food for free on Friday and Saturday night as a part of their second annual North Village Roots Stage.
“It’s a big music week, and we are musicians and music first,” says Justin Tattitch, an employee at The Bridge.
Bluegrass and country music will be the main focus of the event with local musicians such as Tanner Bechtel who will perform on one of the two stages. Bechtel is a Bridge fan himself, and he says it's a prime place to perform.
“I love The Bridge. As a performer, it is one of the coolest layouts for a club,” Bechtel says. “The guys who run the place are all musicians, so the sound is incredible, which is a big part of playing a small club.”
A total of nine bands and artists, including Bechtel, are playing the show—a larger lineup than they had last year.
While enjoying the local music, attendees can swing by the grill to get some BBQ from Tattitch, who is grilling and cooking all of the food for the event, including vegetarian options for non-meat lovers.
Now that The Bridge isn’t so new on the block and has become a bit more established in the community, they are looking to gain even more local support through the free event.
“We’re hoping for that foot traffic that’s going to be from the influx of people in town for the festival," says Kara Miller, the general manager for The Bridge, "so we’re just hoping to tap into that and get people in here that have never been to The Bridge or heard of us before."
Doors to the North Village Roots Stage will open at 7 p.m. both nights (Fri., Sept. 21 and Sat., Sept 22) with bands to perform shortly after.