GLENDALE SPRINGS — Bluegrass, barbecue and brews filled the Blue Ridge Theater & Events Center all afternoon and into the night of Saturday, June 15.

West Jefferson band ClayBank — Jason Davis on banjo, Jamie Harper on fiddle, Jacob Greer on guitar, Kameron Keller on bass and Zack Arnold on mandolin — plucked a fury for the day’s first show, followed by The Grascals, a Grammy-nominated, six-piece bluegrass band out of Nashville, who played into the night.

World champion barbecuer James Killian cooked premium North Carolina pork butts at 220 degrees for 14 hours the night before, finely chopping the remaining 90 pounds of tender meat and serving it alongside baked beans and slaw for Saturday’s supper.

Killian said he enjoys all aspects of the barbecuing process, but his favorite part is when the food is done and ready to eat. More live music and food can be found at Blue Ridge Theater all summer long every Thursday night and more live bands in July.

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