Photo by Mike Stevens
Adam Rutledge performing a popular song.

For the 11th straight year, proceeds from the Annual Star-BQ Festival went on to benefit the Rotary Club of Salem. This year’s event took place on Wednesday, September 27, at the Salem Farmer’s Market. Gates opened at 5 p.m., music began at 6 p.m. and things concluded around 9 p.m.

Marek Thorpe never passes up an opportunity to support local music. “I’ve never seen Adam Rutledge, Crawford & Power or Jordan Davis perform live prior to Wednesday,” he said. “I certainly got my money’s worth. They all did a great job.”

Despite having an extensive country music collection, Reese Livers said Wednesday was the first time she had ever been to a live country concert. “It’s one thing to hear your favorite artists on the IPOD. It’s another thing to see them perform live,” she said. “All I saw when I…

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