Tickets On Sale Now: Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser Returns to Cadillac

Highly-anticipated event brings back hometown favorite Luke Winslow-King; proceeds support access to not-for-profit hospice

CADILLAC, Mich. (March 9, 2023) – After a three-year hiatus, Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraising event is returning to Cadillac from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at The Wex.

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, this lively event debuted in Cadillac in 2019 welcoming more than 600 community members. Because of its popularity, Barley, BBQ & Beats has spread statewide, with 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.

“The wait is finally over – Hospice of Michigan is bringing back our signature Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser to Cadillac, and this year’s event will be an experience the community does not want to miss” said Margo Jacobs, lead marketing advisor for Hospice of Michigan. “Community members can enjoy some of the best hand-crafted cocktails, local barbecue and musical performances for a good cause – helping Hospice of Michigan ensure that quality end-of-life care remains 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. The Cadillac event is also made possible thanks to Cadillac Castings, Inc., Cadillac News and WTCM-FM.

For tickets and more information, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Cassandra Haner at