Hickory – On Saturday, July 30 Zion, Inc., the non-profit extension of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and the Hickory Police Department will present the Hickory Smoked Rhythm & Blues Festival.

The event title is based off of a simple concept; playing off the title Rhythm and Blues and tapping into Hickory’s world-renowned reputation for delicious BBQ. The Hickory Smoked connects to this area’s legacy of great works on the grill. The Rhythm represents the pulse of the community and the uniting universal language music. The Blues represents the officers that have dedicated their lives to serving our community through law enforcement.

The festival will begin with vendors and food at 1:00 pm. BBQ plates will be sold and kids will eat for free. Some community members have stepped up and offered to purchase meals for officers present. There is still time and opportunity to join in that effort.

BBQ & BluesAt 4:00 pm the music part of the festival will begin. Toni Carlton, a local award winning artist from Lenoir will open the show. She will be followed by regional band Soultrii of Greensboro, NC. Headlining the evening will be national and soon to be international recording artist, Buff Dillard of Charlotte, NC. DJ 06 from V101.9 will keep the audience entertained in between sets and well-loved host NuffCed will keep people laughing and on their feet.

With this event, the hope is to foster a safe place for the members of our law enforcement community to engage with the citizens in a fun and meaningful way. This will be an incredible time of community building, through soulful sounds, small business commerce and good eating.

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Zion Inc. is a progressive body of invested community stake-holders that has through its history been devoted to making a difference in the lives of people in our community. For more information, please call 704-418-6436.