Tickets for Metro Detroit’s First Barley, BBQ & Beats Festival On Sale

Southeast Michigan’s best music, BBQ and spirits to support Hospice of Michigan

NOVI, Mich. (March 21, 2018) – Barbecue, whiskey and music fans rejoice! Hospice of Michigan will host Barley, BBQ & Beats from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. Tickets are $40 in advance and are available at

The festival-like fundraiser will feature a large variety of food and drink vendors, live musical entertainment and a lawn games area in support of Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Fund, which provides end-of-life care to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

With each admission, guests can enjoy three BBQ servings and three hand-crafted cocktail tastings. Additional tasting tokens will be available for purchase at the event.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies from Michigan distilleries. The following vendors have been confirmed, with more still to come:

  • American Fifth Spirits
  • Ann Arbor Distilling Company
  • Bier Distillery
  • Detroit City Distillery
  • Grand Traverse Distillery
  • Gray Skies Distillery
  • Our/Detroit
  • Red Cedar Spirits
  • Two James Spirits

BBQ will be catered from such leading Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

  • American House
  • A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill
  • Detroit BBQ Company
  • Red Rock Barbecue
  • The Moveable Feast
  • Westside Barbecue
  • Woodpile BBQ Shack

Gluten, dairy-free and vegan selections will also be available.

Guests will be entertained by an array of southeast Michigan’s best live music to dance the night away including performances by Corey Dakota & the Rippers, Drop 3rd Strike and Space Cat.

Southeastern Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats is patterned after a successful event by the same name in Grand Rapids, which raises funds for Hospice of Michigan services in the western part of the state. The 3rd annual Grand Rapids Barley, BBQ and Beats is slated for May 19 at Van Andel Arena.

“We’re delighted to bring our Barley, BBQ and Beats festival to the metro Detroit area,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations, Hospice of Michigan. “We’re excited to host some of the region’s best distillers and pitmasters for our friends in southeast Michigan.”

Guests will also be invited to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory in a specially designated area.

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Event sponsors include: Carelinc Medical Equipment and Supply and Meijer – Smokehouse Sponsors; ABG Michigan and Learning to Give (The Meijer Foundation) – Barley Sponsors; RCO Engineering – Backyard BBQ Sponsor; Hour Media – media sponsor. To secure sponsorship, please contact or 616-356-5229.

Additional event sponsorships are available by contacting Kim Streich at or 734-794-5120.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701.