Resulting from the tireless work of our homeless veteran advocate, Darlene Nelson Coyne, Three Hots and A Cot was invited to participate in the 8th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival on May 20th this year!

We will have a 10’x10′ area on the park grounds along with many other exhibits, booths and vendors. We will be offering handouts and talking to folks about our mission and the impact we’re having on the homeless veteran community.

Come out to the DeBardeleben Park in downtown Bessemer on May 20th. Help us observe Armed Forces Day and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Bob Sykes BBQ Restaurant!

The following information is reprinted from the Bob Sykes Blues website for your convenience. For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, go to!

8th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival

May 20th, 2017, 12-8pm

What: 8th Annual Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival. The event combines the best of both blues music and delicious Bob Sykes Bbq. Expect to hear talented award winning local and national blues musicians. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day.

When: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Where: DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama 1623 2nd Avenue North Bessemer, AL 35020

Time: 12-8pm. Gates Open at 11am

Activities: There is something to do for the entire family as you enjoy talented blues musicians. Free kids corner with activities and games will be provided. Sponsors will be set up promoting and giving away prizes.

Vendors: The festival offers a variety of booths including arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits, legendary Bob Sykes BBQ, and a diverse selection of vendors selling tempting offers. Expect a fun time for all! Credit Cards will be accepted.

Parking: Free secured parking around the festival.

What is there to eat? Bob Sykes Bbq Food Tent will offer bbq sandwiches, ribs, turkey, sides, and desserts. All food items are individually priced. Credit Cards are accepted.

What is there to drink? Pepsi beverages, beer and wine. Credit Cards are accepted.

Whatʼs New in 2017? Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant! 2nd generation owner and pitmaster Van Sykes literally grew up in the restaurant and helped his parents, Bob and Maxine Sykes at the Bessemer, Alabama-based restaurant they founded in 1957. Bob Sykes is still serving bbq the old fashioned way over a traditional barbecue pit which is extremely time and energy intensive, this method gives the meat a truly unique flavor and this is what Bob Sykes Bar B Q in known for. The restaurant has been featured in national news coverage over the years for its delicious
bbq, sides and desserts. Vanʼs plans for the future are to continue the family tradition entrusted to him by his parents and continue hosting the Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival.

What to bring? Chairs and blankets

What is not allowed? Please do not bring coolers, drinks, food, pets or weapons.

Refunds? No refunds are allowed. Rain or Shine event

General Admission Ticket Prices:

  • $15
  • $20 Day of Festival
  • 12 and under are free with ticketed adult
  • Purchase tickets online or go to Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant 

VIP Tickets $125
VIP Experience Includes:

  • Admission into Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival and hear six (6) local and national award winning blues bands.
  • Seating in Air Conditioned Tent located next to the stage. Perfect viewing and sound!
  • Complimentary Buffet provided by Bob Sykes Bbq
  • Free Pepsi Drinks
  • Three (3) drink passes to private bar with proof of ID
  • Complimentary festival t-shirt
  • VIP port a let restrooms
  • Will sell out as there are only a limited amount.
  • Now is the time to purchase online or go to Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant

Questions? Call Bob Sykes Bbq Restaurant at 426-1400 or get SOCIAL with Bob Sykes!

Honoring Armed Forces Day. Discounts to all active duty and retired will be offered veterans when their military ID is presented at the gate to receive $10 off general admission tickets.  Disclaimer: discount is for the card holder only.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this event go to!