Tickets On Sale Now: Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser Comes to Traverse City

The not-for-profit’s signature fundraiser features the best food, drinks and music Michigan has to offer; proceeds support access to not-for-profit hospice

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (March 9, 2023) – For the first time ever, Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraising event is expanding to Traverse City from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at Cathedral Barn.

Barley, BBQ & Beats is the not-for-profit’s signature fundraising event featuring hand-crafted cocktails from local distilleries, mouth-watering barbecue courtesy of local pit masters and restaurants, and live musical performances – all to support access to not-for-profit hospice. The fundraiser has grown every year since its inaugural event in Grand Rapids in 2016. Expanding to Detroit in 2018 and Cadillac in 2019, its popularity led Hospice of Michigan to bring this popular event to more communities across the state, including 2023 dates set for:

  • Detroit – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Saint Andrew’s Hall
  • Grand Rapids – 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
  • Cadillac – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at The Wex
  • Ann Arbor – 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 21 at The Valley
  • Traverse City – 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at Cathedral Barn
  • Alpena – 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at The Depot

Tickets for all Barley, BBQ & Beats events are on sale now, and can be purchased for $50 in advance at or at the door of each event for $75. Ticket holders will be provided tokens at check-in valid for three servings of BBQ and three hand-crafted cocktails. Extra tokens will be available for purchase. Alternative samplings will be available if guests have sensitivities to barbecue foods.

Exclusive to the Grand Rapids event is a special appearance by two-time GRAMMY Award nominated, multiple ACM and CMA Award Winning multiplatinum vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini. Visit for tickets and special ticket packages that include a ticket to Barley, BBQ & Beats and a ticket to the Kenny Chesney: I Go Back Tour with Kelsea Ballerini at Van Andel Arena. Special ticket packages start at $186.

All those who donate during the events will have the opportunity to double their generosity thanks to the Steve and Amy Van Andel Foundation. The “Make it a Double” Matching Gift will match all donations up to $250,000. Proceeds from Barley, BBQ & Beats support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which helps ensure end-of-life care to all, regardless of age, diagnosis or financial circumstances.

“Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats is back after three long years and for the first time ever, we’re bringing our signature fundraising event to Traverse City,” said Elaine Taule, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “Since its beginning, Barley, BBQ & Beats has served as a way for Michigan communities to come together, enjoy the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, tasty barbecue and great music all to help Hospice of Michigan’s mission in making quality end-of-life care accessible for anyone who needs it.”

Barley, BBQ & Beats guests are encouraged to pay tribute to a deceased loved one by posting a photo or sharing a memory at the event.

Statewide Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include Applied Innovation, CareLinc Medical Equipment, Fifth Third Bank, Hansen/Balk Steel Treating Company, Miller Welding Supply & Industrial Gases and Pioneer Construction.

For tickets and more information, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Elaine Taule at