Skagway Arts Council (SAC) held the inaugural Blues, Brews & BBQ event at Dedman Stage despite uncooperative weather on Saturday, July 15. More than 300 people were in attendance.

Kathy Wassman, a member of SAC, was on the committee for planning and organizing the free event.

“We have this amazing facility out there that we want to use,” she said about Dedman Stage. “It’s a great outdoor space.”

Blues, Brews & BBQ featured live music by headliner Lloyd Jones, as well as Ukulele Russ and the Blues Revolution Band featuring Reverend Neil Down and Paul Lucas.

SAC provided the music and the beer garden. The Garden City Market was there with multiple tables and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #25 provided the barbecue. The Skagway classic car show was also set up in the lawn.

“For the first time out, we all feel really good about it, especially trying to do all of that in the middle of the summertime,” Wassman said. “And every single one of us have full-time jobs and families, so I was just really, really happy and pleased with the way it turned out.”

SAC sold stainless steel cups and stickers with the event’s logo on them.

Wassman said they’re trying to have more events at Dedman Stage to utilize the facilities there.

“Our goal is to have at least one event a month out at the Dedman Stage, where we’re promoting the arts and our community of fantastic musicians and artists,” Wassman said. “And it’s a great way for all of these other entities to fundraise for their own causes.”