Sweet rides, tangy barbecue and smooth jazz will set the scene for the Classic Car Show, BBQ & Blues Music Festival.

The sixth annual event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Oro Valley Marketplace, has something for just about everyone.

Sponsored by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the event has grown into a phenomenon, drawing thousands of people from the region.

SAACA’s Chelsey Killebrew shared these facts about the event:

  • There will be hundreds of cars. As many as 200 are expected to be part of the show, with the 4,500 attendees cramming the Oro Valley Marketplace parking lot with vehicles of their own.
  • Shri Blues Band, one of the many musical acts performing live throughout the event, has made its mark in the music industry.

The band has toured North America and Europe and recorded tracks with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.

  • Proceeds from the show will go to charity, funding SAACA’s new Therapeutic Arts Program for Veterans.
  • The awards are unique. SAACA commissioned artist
  • John Benedict
  • , a noted steel designer and faux finisher, to create this year’s set of trophies.
  • There are more things to do at this year’s event than in previous years, especially for kids, thanks to the addition of carnival rides and jumping castles.
  • Western Smoke BBQ, a food truck specializing in tri-tip beef and operated by
  • Daniel Bacon
  • , will have grub for sale. Bacon cooks up his Santa Maria, Calif.-style barbecue in a 13-foot, custom-built trailer that can hold 120 5-pound briskets at a time.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com