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Gettysburg Festival Spotlight: Blues, Beer & BBQ

Published May 28, 2013

As I mentioned last week, the 2013 Gettysburg Festival is kicking off in just a few weeks, so I’ll be putting the spotlight on headliner events to help you decide where you’d like to go during the festival. You’ll learn who they are, where they’ll be performing, and — perhaps most importantly — where to buy tickets. 

Blues and BBQ. What a perfect combination! Pennsylvania’s own First Lady of Blues Octavia makes a return to the Gettysburg Festival stage, backed by the U.S Army Field Band Volunteers.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Octavia’s spirited harmonica playing and soulful singing has brought her national and international attention. She’s shared the stage with the likes of The Allman Brothers, Freddy King, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and Dr. John.  


Since 1981, The Volunteers have been telling the Army story through music, touring more than 100 days each year. They have performed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait and Iraq. Have I mentioned that they’re all active duty soldiers? 

The Volunteers

Octavia and The Volunteers will be performing at Gettysburg College’s Memorial Field on Saturday, June 8th from 4 – 9pm.  For this event, there are two tickets available: $10 for a concert-only ticket or $40 for an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast and 3 beverages. 

You can see the full menu (and purchase tickets) at the Gettysburg Festival website, but here’s a sampling: 

  • Beef Brisket
  • Pulled Pork
  • Bourbon Glazed Shrimp
  • Burgundy Rub Spiced Chicken Breast
  • Baked Beans
  • Cole Slaw
  • Minted Melon Cocktail

Please note that patrons will not be permitted to bring coolers or open containers into the ticketed areas. 

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