Special Event #228: Blues, Brews and BBQ, Featuring Blair Miller

Date August 7, 2018, Tuesday
Time 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: $95
Phone 734.663.3663

In support of Ann Arbor Blues Festival

Since 1969, the Ann Arbor Blues Festival has been a significant part of the local community. Started by a group of students at the University of Michigan, the Blues Festival has left a strong legacy over the years by bringing people together locally for incredible music.

Though the festival ceased operations in 2006, it was revived in 2017 by James Partridge, founder of the Ann Arbor Blues Society. The single-day event brought the soul of legendary music back to Ann Arbor.

Says James Partridge: “The world’s first blues festival was right here in Ann Arbor, and it changed the world. Even today, in cities like Chicago, New Orleans, and Austin - everywhere there’s music - the influence of the Ann Arbor Blues Festivals can still be felt.”

This year, the Roadhouse is featuring a special dinner to help raise proceeds in support of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival! We will welcome local blues artist, Blair Miller, a University of Michigan graduate, who graced the stage at the fest last year. With James Partridge and one of our favorite community partners, Wolverine State Brewing Co., the Roadhouse will provide an unforgettable evening of three of our favorite things: Blue, Brews, and BBQ.

Come let your taste buds sing with Chef Bob’s menu and amazing local craft beer, and support bringing the blues back to Ann Arbor!



Smoked sausage, pickles and crackers.

Beer Pairing, Wolverine State Brewing Co.:
Premium Lager - American Premium Lager 4.7%
Crisp and clean, Premium Lager is Wolverine State Brewing Co.'s flagship lager. With low malt and hop character, this golden-hued beer is a refreshing craft version of an American classic.

Salad course:

Collard greens and “Texas Caviar:”
Marinated collard greens from We the People Farms, topped with the Texas classic of pickled black eyed peas.

Beer Pairing, Wolverine State Brewing Co.:
Juicemanji - Grapefruit Double I.P.L. 8.4%
This India Pale Lager was brewed with late hop additions only, to give huge flavors and aromas. Both grapefruit juice and purée was used, balancing beautifully with the pine and citrus flavors from the heavy dry-hopping of Chinook and Cascade hops.

Main course:

Tellicherry BBQ Brisket
18-hour oak-smoked pasture-raised beef brisket from Farm, Field, and Table, coated with salt and farm-to-table Épices de Cru Tellicherry black pepper from India.

East Texas Hot Links
An east Texas tradition—fresh, pasture-raised lamb and beef sausage from Farm, Field, and Table in Ferndale, lightly smoked over oak

Central Texas-Style Beef Ribs:
Beef short ribs coated with spices, smoked over oak for 8 hours.

Burnt Ends and Beans:
An homage to Franklin Barbecue— beans from Carlson-Arbogast Farms, simmered with burnt ends from our BBQ brisket.

Purple Cabbage Slaw

Beer Pairing, Wolverine State Brewing Co.:
Oktoberfest - Marzen/Fest Bier 6%
This festive German lager is traditionally brewed at the end of the winter brewing season and then lagered at near-freezing temperatures during the summer months to be released to adoring fans in September just in time for the season’s festivities. Wolverine's take on this classic style involves fermenting it for months until it finally adopts the soft, complex, and elegant character for which it is known.


Banana Puddin’

Beer Pairing, Wolverine State Brewing Co.:
Fudge - Double Chocolate Stout 6.7%
Brewed with cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and finished off with a fudge extract, this lager is full of chocolate flavor! The chocolate notes pair perfectly with the dark roast characteristics of the malts used.

Menu subject to change

Donation Levels

Each amount listed below is in addition to the ticket price for the dinner:
$100 Shuffle
Buys Facebook advertising or an ad in the Ann Arbor Observer.

$200 Boogie
Buys an unframed print from the original historical photographs, taken at the 1969-1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festivals, for the newly unveiled photo exhibit.

$500 Swing
Buys a framed, matted, and mounted print for the photo exhibit.

$1000 Jump
Buys a blues performer’s stage time for the festival.

$3000 Delta
Buys a music student a scholarship for one week’s tuition to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Master Class Workshop.