Andrew Kostelnik in the Minjock Racing #34 NASCAR Weekly Series Charger Division.. They traveled 3 hours to the Jennerstown Speedway to compete after winning with the #17 car driven by Stephen Shelpman last evening at the Motordrome. Andy ran away with both the heat and feature races. Minjock Brother's Racing was formed in 1952 and is a family owned program honored to be sponsored by Blackberry Smoke.
Hot on the heels of their tour with Jeff Beck and a sizeable concert run on their own, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top are teaming up with special guests Blackberry Smoke for the Grooves & Gravy Tour. The tour will take the two simpatico bands through much of North America from mid-August to early October.
The Grooves & Gravy Tour stops in Memphis (Live At The Garden Summer Concert Series), Festival Trois-Rivieres en Blues in Quebec, Nashville, New Orleans, The Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, CO, Pomona and San Diego, CA, and -- to quote the ZZ Top’s classic “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” – “all points in between.”
Mutual admiration between the bands is strong, who both share Southern roots. “We’re looking forward to getting out there with the Blackberry Smoke guys,” declared ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons. “Grooves & Gravy promises to be one of the rowdiest outings of the year so come on out and get crazy with us.”
Likewise, Blackberry Smoke lead singer/guitarist Charlie Starr proclaimed, “We can’t wait to go out and make music with the legendary ZZ Top!”
ZZ Top is an anomaly in the world of rock - singer/guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, aka “the man with no beard,” have been the most consistently stable lineup ever in the entire genre. For more than 45 years, “that little ol’ band from Texas” has been putting out albums (25 million U.S. sales to date) and touring relentlessly, showing no signs of slowing down.
Blackberry Smoke, who formed in Atlanta, GA in 2000, have been making waves in the music world in recent years, playing a blend of Southern rock and country rock to enthusiastic audiences. No strangers to rigorous touring, they headlined multiple U.S. tours and have also been the supporting act for Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Blackberry Smoke have recently signed with Rounder Records, who released the group’s fourth album Holding All the Roses this past February.
Aug 13 - Glen Allen, VA - Innsbrook After Hours
Aug 15 - Memphis, TN - Live At The Garden
Aug 16 - Asheville, NC - Biltmore Estate
Aug 18 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 21 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Amphitheatre Cogeco (Festival Trois-Rivieres en Blues)
Aug 22 - Pownal, VT - Green Mountain Live
Aug 25 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
Aug 27 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
Aug 28 - Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Aug 30 - Windsor, ON - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Sept 1 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
Sept 3 - New Orleans, LA - Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Sept 4 - Dallas, TX - Music Hall @ Fair Park
Sept 10 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Resort Amphitheater
Sept 11 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
Sept 12 - Pomona, CA - Los Angeles County Fair
Sept 13 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s
Sept 16 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Amphitheater
Sept 18 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Town Park (Blues & Brews Festival)
Sept 20 - Gillette, WY - CAM-PLEX
Sept 22 - Bismark, ND - Bismark Civic Center
Sept 23 - Brookings, SD - Swiftel Center
Sept 26 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheater