BY HEATHER HANNAFORD
The Bo Diddley Foundation is hosting an exciting community event in Archer: The Bo-B-Que. After the successful event The Bo Diddley Explosion in April, the Bo Diddley Foundation is once again offering a community event in the spirit of Bo. Bo Diddley believed in giving back to his community, and his spirit lives on in Archer through his daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Cooper, and his grandson, Mr. Garry Mitchell, who together run the Bo Diddley Foundation. The Bo-B-Que will be held on July 30 at the Archer Community Center. Children’s games start at 10:00 a.m., and Zumba starts at 11:00. The doors for the concert open at 1:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Mitchell explained that the Foundation came about because of the person his grandfather was, both on the road and at home–“that foundation of living by service to the community” that was “the heartbeat of Bo.” Mitchell reminisced about the barbecues that his grandfather would hold nearly daily at his home. “Bo would invite everyone: friends, family, community,” Mitchell said.
And, to honor Bo’s spirit of generosity and fellowship with his community, The Bo Diddley Foundation will continue that legacy with the Bo-B-Que. Bo’s barbecues were filled with friends and family, music and fun: “Lyrics, laughter, and good fellowship,” as Mitchell puts it. When Mitchell was little, Bo would sing all genres of music and get his grandkids to change into costumes to reflect the genre: from rock to country to jazz. Mitchell wants this spirit to come through at the concert, which will offer a multitude of musical genres and talents.
The Foundation wishes to offer a stage to up-and-coming talent in honor of Bo Diddley, who always wanted to help new performers get more attention. Mitchell said his grandfather believed in giving everyone a chance, and that is what they intend to do at the Bo-B-Que. The performers are friends, relatives, and new talent that the Foundation has discovered over the past few years. The line-up includes: Diedra and The Ruff Pro band, Git-Lo Lee, Barbara Walker, Ennotaj (Granddaughter), Reggie Real Starr, NOAH (Great Grandson), James Angel 😇, Creative Vibe featuring Darius McDaniel (Great Grandson), Superman Rod Kent, Iris Bailey, Philosopher G (Grandson), DJ Big Rick the Punisher, and others.
This event is meant to bring the community together and help the local area thrive. The Bo Diddley Foundation will use the proceeds to further their scholarship funds, which benefit students in need of assistance with college, trade, or vocational school, and help with jobs and interviews. Mitchell explained that The Foundation is there to provide a helping hand to the community, just as his grandfather always did. Mitchell promises a night of fun and fellowship in loving memory of the family barbecues that Bo enjoyed so much. Come out to support the community and honor the legacy of Bo Diddley!
There will be Bo-B-Que Plates of choice including Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork for a small price, not included with admission. Free children’s games led by Coach Crone will start at 10 a.m., and from 11 a.m.-noon, Zumba will be led by Beverly Littles. Food trucks and vendors will be available as well. You can purchase tickets to the event here.