JONESBORO (10/23/07) — The second annual Jazz In Jonesboro weekend gets underway Oct. 26-27 at Indian Stadium. The event, which is open to the public, centers around a Memphis In May-sanctioned barbecue cook-off. In addition, several bands are performing throughout Friday and Saturday leading up to ASU’s football game with Troy at 6 p.m.

“You can’t go wrong with live music, barbeque and football,” said Doug Doggett, ASU Associate Director of Athletics for External Operations and Director of the Indian Club.

Jazz In Jonesboro, hosted by the ASU Indian Club and presented by KISS-FM and KFIN, is officially sanctioned by the Memphis in May Memphis Barbecue Association and has been declared the “Official Mid-South Championship” by a proclamation signed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in its inaugural year in 2006.

Visitors are welcome to view the grillers and their rigs at the paved parking area at Tomlinson Baseball Stadium and can purchase samples of the barbecue from various vendors. “The barbeque is great and some of these rigs are worth coming by to see just for themselves,” said Doggett.

“This is one of those events you want to mark on your calendar,” Doggett continued. “It’s great family fun with a chance to hear some really good bands and see some of the best barbecue cookers in the country. We also want to encourage everyone to come out to the game Saturday night. Troy is one of the best teams in the conference, so it should be a great football game.”

Visitors to the cook-off can listen to the music of six bands throughout the weekend. The music gets underway Friday with Home Grown performing at 5:30 p.m., The Brewers at 7 p.m. and Grant Garland at 8:30 p.m. Doug Hendrix kicks off the bands on Saturday at noon, followed by West Finch Blues Band at 1:30 p.m., and Bow-Legged Rooster at 3 p.m.

Both professional and amateur cookers will be on hand. The qualifying cook-off contest offers cash and prizes to 25 professional teams competing in Jazz in Jonesboro. Categories include: whole hog, pork shoulder, and pork rib. Amateur cookers will handle pork shoulder and pork rib.

The Indian Club is a non-profit organization and all proceeds from the weekend will benefit the scholarship fund for student athletes at Arkansas State.

“When people support the Indian Club, they give Arkansas State University the opportunity to offer scholarships to more than 300 student athletes, and they give the athletes in our 16 sports a chance to compete on a national level.”

Jazz In Jonesboro is sponsored by Shelter Insurance and Paula Graddy, KAIT-TV, Barton’s, Pepsi, Baker Health Care, First Commercial Bank, Bill’s Fresh Market, City of Jonesboro, St. Bernards, and Riggs Cat.

For more information regarding Jazz In Jonesboro, contact Brad Pietz at the Indian Club Office at: (870) 972-2401 or e-mail bpietz@astate.edu.

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