Chili Blues features food and the Rogues

Chili Blues features food and the Rogues Chili Blues is a Dakota Days tradition which combines the celebration of homecoming with a legendary chili competition, good music, and lots of fun for the entire family.

The celebration begins after the game on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street in Vermillion, with outdoor ticket and beverage sales and the "Chili-Bluesgrassy" tunes of The Buckaroos.

Serving begins at 6 p.m. with The Rogues taking the stage at 7 p.m.

The Rogues are an intimate five-piece acoustic and vocal group from Sioux City, IA, who mix tasty acoustic rock and world rhythms. The band evolved from the duo of Bob Larson, acoustic guitar and vocals, and Ray McAvoy, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals, in 1997 and today includes Jamie Bowers on bass, Buckley Mills, violin, and Rick Brienzo on drums.

They call themselves "a rebellious band of scoundrels" whose unique sound is a flavorful as a bag of Skittles. The group has played throughout the area and shared the stage with numerous artists including Koko Taylor, The Young Dubliners, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Junior Brown, and Barbarito Torres. More information about the band and a sample of their music may be found at www.theroguesgallery.

Chili-meisters compete for accolades and the traveling trophy created by Martin Wanserski, University of South Dakota art professor and Vermillion Area Arts Council board member.

Tickets are $10 adults/$7 children and $8/$6 for Arts Council members and are available at the door or in advance at The Coffee Shop Gallery and Nook 'n Cranny.

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