Those looking to get their fingers sticky and their toes tapping can check out the Blues, Soul & Bar-B-Que event this Friday at the Richmond Area Arts Council.

According to RAAC Director Randy Westbrook, the event will be a celebration of blues and soul music styles and so much more.

"They can expect great music, great food and a laid back, inviting atmosphere," he said. "You don’t get a lot of these styles of music played a lot in Richmond, so I'm trying to bring as many styles of music as I can to Richmond to create a diverse musical climate."

The event will feature two former original members of the hit group Exile, Mack Davenport and Mike Howard. Playing alongside them will be the Westbrook Trio, which Westbrook is a member of, in addition to Memphis artist Jewel Jones, who is a former background vocalist for Kid Rock, Shirley Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Friday's event will be a celebration of the music that influenced the styles of Exile, such as blues, soul and a little bit of rock.

"Much of the set list will be different from last year, but musicians like Jewel will add a lot to it, the celebration of blues and soul," Westbrook said. "That was the musical influence of the Exile in their initial period and never stopped influencing them."

The night starts at 5 p.m. with an artists reception for the exhibit Sound in Focus: A Collection of Musician Portraits by Erica Chambers. Her works of photography include many musicians from central Kentucky and a few from Louisville. Her work will be on display until July 15.

The reception will last until 6, when Blues, Soul & Bar-B-Que kicks off.

Catering for the evening will be by Straight from Texas Bar-B-Que for yet another year. Last year's event featured a roasted pig. There will also be a cash bar for those who are interested.

Blues, Soul & Bar-B-Que will be held Friday, June 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 West Water Street. Tickets, $30 per person, can be purchased online or by calling 859-624-4242. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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