Blues on the Hill rescheduled

Special to the Parade

Eric Tessmer

Eric Tessmer

Blues on the Hill has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 18, at McKelvey Park on 1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen.

Originally slated for May 11, the event was postponed to this Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather.

The Texas Guitar Slinger Eric Tessmer headlines the May 18 event, which is set for 7 p.m. Special guests will include Hilda Lamas and Leigh Holles.

An annual concert series that features national and international blues artists, Blues on the Hill has been a family-oriented cultural event in Harlingen for the last 12 years. What began in May 2000 as a collaborative effort between Tom Wilson, the late Parks and Recreation Director, Jeff Lyssy and Mike Jaramillo from Harlingen Parks and Recreation as well as Chris Maley from Public Radio 88.1FM, Blues on the Hill is a free event that’s open to the public and attracts thousands of spectators every year. It’s supported by the generous donations from local businesses and volunteers.

In the past, there were three shows a year in May, June and August. Due to public demand, a fourth show in November was added in 2012.

Occasionally, events will be held at Lon. C Hill Park located on L Street across from the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium Complex.

In the event of inclement weather, Blues on the Hill will relocate to the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium at 1204 Fair Park Blvd. Seating is limited there to approximately 1,500 seat capacity.

Food vendors are always on site selling BBQ, fajitas, hot dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn, tacos, etc. Bottled water, sodas and beer are also available.

These concessions finance future shows. No outside food and beverages are permitted.

Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information, call (956) 216-5951.

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