BBQ, Blues & Brews Benefits Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, July 13, 2007 --( The summer heats up on Thursday, July 26 for the BBQ, Blues & Brews benefit event for the Erie Art Museum from 5 p.m. to midnight. This free event features a smokin’ BBQ prepared by Pufferbelly Restaurant, live music and a scavenger hunt throughout the Museum’s galleries.

The Museum’s 5th Street parking lot transforms into an outdoor dining courtyard from 5-8 p.m. Sample Pufferbelly’s savory BBQ ribs, corn on the cob and more, fresh from their outdoor grill. Brews and spirits will be available with a portion of the proceeds going to the Erie Art Museum. Enjoy live music from the Valerie Horton Brown Project and duck inside the Museum’s galleries for activities throughout the Museum.

The event moves to State Street from 8 p.m. to midnight where State Street grooves to the music of One World Tribe and a performance by Erie’s African Dance Troupe, Sylla Kunda. Ol’ Dogs grills up their gourmet hotdogs. Of course the brews will still be on tap.

A portion of the proceeds from the BBQ and beverage sales will be donated to the Erie Art Museum.

BBQ, Blues & Brews is an Erie Downtown Improvement District Bud Light Summer Block Party and is presented in partnership with Scully’s Pub, Anter’s Pub, Sullivan’s Pub, Pufferbelly Restaurant, Ol’ Dogs, and the Erie Art Museum.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Tammy Roche

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche