2017 WEMU Blues Barbecue With Laith Al-Saadi

For a gift of $200, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Laith Al-Saadi The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain). Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door. Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift.

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