An outdoor party will be livening up the Paris downtown area this weekend, as the Brews, Blues and BBQ event will bring great blues music and excitement to Saturday night.

The Downtown Paris Association is sponsoring the event, which was first conducted in 2017, but for various reasons, including the COVID pandemic, had not been done since then, according to Travis McLeese, DPA executive director.

“We’re excited that this year’s event is already sold out,” McLeese said. “With Kathy Ray’s help, we were able to sell out all twenty-five tables.”

Ray was McLeese’s predecessor as DPA head. The DPA had decided to limit this year’s event to a maximum of 200 attendees because of COVID. 

With eight people to a table, the 25 tables will amount to an attendance of 200.

The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday on West Washington Street, on the block between North Market and North Fentress streets. The street will be blocked off from traffic for the event.

McLeese said the Knights of Jazz, a well-regarded blues band from Memphis featuring Paul McKinney, will be performing from 7-10 p.m. McKinney has a lengthy musical resume, including being an instructor at the Stax Music Academy in Memphis.

Those attending the event will have a full buffet of barbecue and the trimmings available.

McLeese suggested those attending can park in the municipal lots downtown.

He said he’s optimistic the event will raise about $10,000 for the DPA.

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