Barley, BBQ & Beats Tickets On Sale Now to Support Hospice of Michigan

2nd annual metro Detroit fundraiser moves to historic Eastern Market for 2019; Cadillac, Grand Rapids also hosting May events to benefit the nonprofit

DETROIT, Mich. (March 8, 2019) – Barley, BBQ & Beats is returning to metro Detroit for a second-straight spring, and in 2019, the fun is moving to the heart of the Motor City! The event, which features some of Michigan’s most well-known whiskies, barbecue food and music, will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at Eastern Market’s historic Shed 3. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 in advance at Admission increases to $45 at the door on the day of the fundraiser.

Ticket holders will receive tokens for three servings of barbecue delicacies and three hand-crafted cocktails. Additional tokens will also be available on-site for $5 each. Evrod Cassimy, co-host of Local 4 News Today on WDIV, will emcee the event.

Hand-crafted cocktail tastings will feature whiskies distilled in Michigan from:

BBQ will be catered from such leading southeast Michigan pit masters and restaurants as:

The beats will be brought by some of metro Detroit’s own, including:

If guests have sensitivities to barbecue foods, there will be alternative samplings available at the event as well.

“Hospice of Michigan is so excited to bring Barley, BBQ & Beats to historic Eastern Market this year,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We love seeing people from across Southeast Michigan come together for some of the area’s best hand-crafted cocktails, delicious barbecue and great music, all to benefit the families Hospice of Michigan serves here in metro Detroit.”

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.

Barley, BBQ & Beats has grown every year since 2016, when the inaugural event was held in Grand Rapids. Because of its popularity, the fundraiser has spread statewide, with 2019 dates set for:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. in Grand Rapids
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. at The Wex, 1320 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Southeast Michigan have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. For more information about attending or sponsoring the Detroit Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser, please visit or contact Stephanie Maurice at or 248.387.6013.

Barley, BBQ & Beats sponsors include: ABG of Michigan, CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, Franco, Shamrock Companies, Affordable Homecare, Foster Financial, JLL Commercial Real Estate, Wolverine Packing Co., Connected Strategy Advisors, Doeren Mayhew, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald D. Fitzgerald, Michigan First Credit Union, Novi Lakes Health Campus, Nancy Philippart & Tom McGrail, Senior Helpers, Slows Bar BQ, C.A.Y.A Smokehouse Grill, Hogs Hollow and The Moveable Feast.

Event vendors and sponsors are continually being added. For the most up-to-date list, please visit

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the nonprofit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 6,500 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701