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Trombone Shorty Trombone Shorty will be one of the top acts to perform during the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival on Sept. 2-4.
Trombone Shorty Trombone Shorty will be one of the top acts to perform during the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival on Sept. 2-4. Courtesy photo

Bedford Blues will have a New Orleans flavor

The annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival has unveiled its 2016 headliners, and they are supremely funky.

Dr. John and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will head up the Labor Day weekend event, set for Sept. 2-4 across from the City Hall complex.

The full music schedule Sept. 3 and 4 also includes artists like Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, the Stratoblasters, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat and the Benoit King Band.

Trombone Shorty is the top act Saturday, with Dr. John, making his inaugural appearance in Bedford, closing things out Sunday. In addition to the music, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition will unfold, with samples available for tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4.

Tickets — ranging from $7 for general admission up to $210 for 10 seats at a “party tent table” — are on sale now, via the festival website, bedfordbluesfest.com. (Admission prices go up at the gate, and will be cash only on-site.)

Gustafer Yellowgold at Hurst library Friday

The Hurst Public Library will be the place to be Friday for a performance by Gustafer Yellowgold, featuring live music, colored-pencil animation and storytelling.

Created by Morgan Taylor in 2005, Gustafer has been described by The New York Times as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss,” according to gustaferyellowgold.com.

Gustafer’s Dark Pie Concerns CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2015.

The kids show will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the library, 901 Precinct Line Road.

The free show, part of the Hurst MasterWorks series, is sponsored by the Arts Council Northeast.

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