Trombone Shorty performs during The Reunion event in downtown Dallas on Oct. 9, 2015. The event featured concerts by Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Trombone Shorty, fireworks, and other festivities, and also helped kick off the Texas-OU football weekend.

Trombone Shorty performs during The Reunion event in downtown Dallas on Oct. 9, 2015. The event featured concerts by Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Trombone Shorty, fireworks, and other festivities, and also helped kick off the Texas-OU football weekend.

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It's never too early --or too late -- to make plans for Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer and the last chance for some people to wear those white pants.

Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival: Dr. John / Trombone Shorty

The Bedford Blues & BBQ festival is here for all of it on Sept. 2-4, and it's not letting the season off easy. No less than blues titan Dr. John and fiery Trombone Shorty will headline the annual event.

Trombone Shorty is just off opening for Hall and Oates at Gexa in May and playing the Reunion  festival here last October. The man born Troy Andrews and band Orleans Avenue will bring their high-energy "supafunkrock,"  which he has described as "basically like musical gumbo," to the stage Saturday night.

On Sunday, the inimitable, legendary Dr. John, nee Malcolm John Rebennack, will bring the rest; he's fluent in all musicology. The piano man has been active in the music industry for six decades, everything from being a sought-after studio musician to conquering tribute albums.

Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers and soul and blues songstress Janiva Magness will also play. And there will be plenty of local musicians on the bill, including Mike Morgan & the Crawl, the Bnois King Band, Pat Boyack, Tutu Jones & His Twisted Soul Band and EJ Matthews.

It'll almost feel as if summer's still in session after you add a real, live barbecue contest; a marketplace; and other activities.

Individual tickets and passes, including reserved seats, range from $7 to $50. Tables are available in the Party Tent for $75-$210. Gates open at 2 p.m. each day across from the Bedford City Hall Complex, 1951 L. Don Dodson Drive.

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