If you love barbecue and good music, the Old Capitol Blues & BBQs festival is for you. With a host of scrumptious sauce-covered meats to taste, you can also vote for your favorite to determine barbecue competition winners. The music rocks with a host of musicians and headliners James Armstrong on Friday at 10 p.m. and John Saint Holiday and Elliot Sowell on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The Illinois Central Blues Club Challenge starts Saturday at noon. Kids’ activities run from 2-6 p.m. on Old State Capitol Plaza South and include face painting, karaoke, Elvis Himselvis, magic by Jim Percy, a juggler and clown. Admission gates are at the east corners of the square and on Washington at Fourth and Sixth. Downtown Springfield, Inc.’s website has more details, www.downtownspringfield.org.
Old Capitol Blues & BBQs
Friday, Aug. 23, 5pm-12am
Saturday, Aug. 24, 12pm-12am
$5 admission, kids 12 and under free
$1 food/drink tickets