ABOUT blues brews n bbqs
Higher Grounds is a yearlong music series at Mount Olivet that features local musicians, and benefits nonprofits in the community. Started in 2001 as an indoor coffeehouse, and expanding in 2012 to include an outdoor music festival, this volunteer led series continues to build community and make a difference through music.
An Outdoor Music Fest
In 2011, volunteer organizers wanted to take advantage of the great outdoor space at Mount Olivet. They put together a plan for a community-wide event featuring outstanding music, local craft breweries, and pit-master BBQ. Encouraged by a successful first year, organizers began planning BBNBBQs as an annual event!
A Benefit for Partners
Since the beginning, BLUES BREWS N BBQs has been a benefit for PRISM and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity - two community partners bringing people together to create stability for neighbors in need.
In five years, BBNBBQs has drawn in 5,700 socially conscious, music, beer and BBQ enthusiasts. Thanks to the positive community response, the event has been able to distribute $76,000 - directly sponsoring build sites for Twin Cities Habitat, and supporting the many social services provided by PRISM.
This event brings people and organizations together each year, with regular appearances from the Plymouth Fire Department with their fire engine and crew, musicians offering to perform at reduced fees, volunteers and staff from TCHabitat and PRISM coming out to represent their organizations, and numerous in-kind and financial donations from local businesses!
Each year, BBNBBQs is organized by a team of volunteers from Mount Olivet who lead everything from logistics, sponsors, food and vendors. As event day approaches, 100+ volunteers from the Mount Olivet community come out to set up the grounds, serve food and drinks, sell tickets, clean up and more!