TEDxSanAntonio will host a TED talk salon San Antonio style with blues and barbecue at Burleson Yard Beer Garden on Aug. 19. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“TEDx Blues and BBQ is a celebration of some very Texas ideals,” said Daniel Delgado, manager of Burleson Yard Beer Garden, in an email to the Rivard Report Monday. “It will be the same format as a traditional TED talk, but the conversation and delivery will be more laid back.”

The unconventional conference will be the first TEDxSA salon at an outdoor venue and the first to combine food with a strong musical presence, bringing a lively twist to the usual exchange of ideas.

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment, and design, was founded in 1984 as a conference for spreading big ideas, and has developed into a worldwide forum for cutting edge thinkers. TEDx programs, like the one in San Antonio, are independently coordinated by local volunteers to bring stimulating dialogue into community settings.

The venue will feature free samples from Dignowity Meats and Kings Highway Brew & QTwo Bros. BBQ Market might make an appearance, according to organizers. Pitmasters Emilio Soliz from Kings Highway and Shane Reed from Dignowity Meats will speak at the event and give their perspectives on barbecue in San Antonio. In addition to samples, barbecue joints represented will offer meals for sale.

Tickets to the event, which cost $40 each, include a free beer from Ranger Creek or a complementary Topo Chico from Burleson. To buy tickets, click here.

Chris Sandoval, an organizer with TEDxSA, told the Rivard Report that the idea for the salon came out of conversation about the burgeoning barbecue scene in San Antonio and the unique and rich, but largely under appreciated, connections between San Antonio and the blues, like Robert Johnson’s legendary 1936 recordings from the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.

Blues musicians from around the city will come to jam, including the Elijah Zane Trio, Miss Neesie and the Tin Can Trio, and Johnny Cockerell. Jim Beal Jr. of Miss Nessie and the Tin Can Trio and Cockerell will each discuss San Antonio’s blues connections, history, and thriving present. Guest speaker Kenneth Dominique will talk about his father Don Albert Dominique, founder and owner of the Keyhole Club, a segregation era jazz club that flourished and made waves in San Antonio from the 1940s to the 1960s by being racially integrated. More speakers are in the works and will be announced as they are confirmed.

“It’s gonna be a good half day of talks, music, food, and beer,” Sandoval said.

To find out more about the event, click here.

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Tom Bugg

Tom Bugg is a San Antonio native and student of English at Colorado College.