Beats x BBQ is the vibe with cool music and tasty food in Flint’s four-day festivities

FLINT, MI – He’s back and now he’s bigger than ever.

This Memorial Day weekend, thousands are expected to gather in the heart of downtown Flint to dine, dance and connect with the return of the third annual Beats x BBQ on Sunday, May 29.

“We’re thrilled to bring it back to Flint,” said Brandon Corder, founder of Beats x Beers. “Go out and enjoy.”

But it’s not just one day. This year is officially Beats x Beers Weekend.

The four-day weekend gathering is growing and will consist of many events with delicious food, trendy music and plenty of in-person networking opportunities.

Corder wants to continue providing this as a service to the community on Memorial Day weekend to encourage residents to stay in their hometowns and build together, giving the opportunity to spend their money in their community.

Brandon Corder, founder of Beats x Beers and this event, poses for a portrait during the main event of Beats x BBQ, a three-day Memorial Day experience, Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Brush Park in downtown Flint. (Jake May | May

“The first two years have been amazing, seeing so many community members come together – from kids to 20s to old people – everyone comes out,” he said. “We will have vendors, food vendors, food trucks, spirits, etc. We are not reinventing the wheel here. We just continue to perfect the meat and potatoes that everyone already loves.

“Literally, there is something for everyone. There’s food for everyone, no matter your diet. The music is always good. It’s for the city. It’s for Flint. We are building something here.

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Activities will kick off on Thursday, May 26 with a live podcast themed “The Worst Rappers Ever (Hook Style).”

This event will be hosted by Brandon Corder, Isaiah Oliver, Brian Larkin and Liv at 7:30 p.m. at the Eberson, located at 130 E. Second St. in downtown Flint.

A cocktail social and meet and greet will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, May 27 at the Comma Social Hub, located at 132 W. Second St., with music from DJ Hype and cocktails from Mira Hopkins.

Beats and Brunch will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 at Tenacity Brewing, located at 119 N. Grand Traverse Street in Flint.

Food will be prepared and served by Tony Vu ​​and the Flint Social Club with music from DJ E Nyce.

On Sunday, May 29, the main event — the third annual Beats x BBQ — will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brush Park, located at 120 E. First Street. The event will feature music, vendors, food and a car show, which is new to this year’s festivities.

Happy hour will be from 2-3pm with music and drink specials at the park.

Beats x BBQ draws hundreds to downtown Flint with food and music in three-day series of events over Memorial Day weekend

Left to right: Camille Burns, 10, Jayla Murphy, 9, and Alayja Granberry, 10, dance together as studio members For the Love of Dance during the main event of Beats x BBQ, an experience of three days of Memorial Day, Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Brush Park in downtown Flint. (Jake May | May

Then, every hour a new DJ will take the stage. For the Love of Dance Studio will have a special performance at 4:50 p.m.

Here is a program of the DJs:

3 p.m.: DJ Jayare

4 p.m.: DJ Chef Nate

5 p.m.: DJ E Nyce

6 p.m.: Peter McFray

7 p.m. DJ Handelz

The car show will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This event is sponsored by the Flint Area Business Network, powered by Metro Community Development, Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Light Sky Farms.

A VIP weekend pass is available which includes access to all events. To purchase tickets, a VIP weekend pass or RSVP, click here.

For a full itinerary of the weekend’s events, scroll below:

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Guests of The Eberson enjoy drinks together on the outdoor patio on its first day of reopening amid COVID-19 on Monday, June 8, 2020 in downtown Flint. (Jake May | May |

Thursday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.

Room 4 Live Discussion Podcast

Location: The Eberson, 130 E. Second St.

Free with RSVP.

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The Comma Bookstore and Social Center, located at the corner of Buckham Alley and Second Street, celebrates its grand opening on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in downtown Flint. (Jake May | May |

Friday May 27, from 8 p.m. to midnight

Social cocktail (meeting and welcoming)

Location: Comma Social Hub, 132 W. Second St.

Music: DJ Hype

Cocktails: Mira Hopkins

This is a paid event.

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A first look at Tenacity Brewing, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, located at 119 N Grand Traverse St in a newly renovated fire hall in Flint. The brasserie is currently open every week from Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. (File photo by Sam Owens | May |

Saturday, May 28, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Beats x Brunch

Location: Tenacity Brewery, 110 N. Grand Traverse St.

Food: Flint Social Club

Free admission with RSVP. Food and beverages are available for an additional charge.

Beats x BBQ draws hundreds to downtown Flint with food and music in three-day series of events over Memorial Day weekend

Flint’s Tarrell McDaniel applauds from the stage as he rocks to music performed by DJ Handelz during the main event of Beats x BBQ, a three-day Memorial Day experience, on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Brush Park in the center -town of Flint. (Jake May | May

Sunday May 29, 2 p.m.-1 a.m.

Beats x BBQ, 2pm-8pm

Location: Brush Park, 120 E. First St.

Food, Music and Automotive Show

Paid event; all children under 12 are free.

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A first look inside the new arcade bar The Eberson, named after the architect who designed the original Capitol Theater building, before the grand opening on June 4, 2019 in downtown Flint. (Jake May | May |

After The BBQ (After Party), 9pm-1am

Location: The Eberson, 130 E. Second St.

Paid event; more details will be announced soon.

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