Moss to headline
2012 Blues Bash
cruises, 5K race return
as part of barbecue-blues party
(August 2012) The Madison Ribberfest returns
for its 11th year on Aug., 17-18 with a popular lineup of blues music
and barbecue along the Ohio River at Madison Bicentennial Park. Musician
Robert Cray will serve as the headliner on Saturday night, while Friday
night will close with musician Nick Moss.
In addition, there will be the annual amateur and pro barbecue cooking
competitions, along with a 5K run and walk, and paddleboat rides on
Last years event was the largest crowd ever, and organizers are
hopeful to fill the park once again this year with Crays performance.
5 p.m.: Gates open
6 p.m.: Jimmy Davis Band
8 p.m.: Trampled Under Foot
10 p.m.: Nick Moss
11 a.m.: Gates open
11:30 a.m.: Jimmy G & the Sidewinders
1:30 p.m.: Tyler Mac
3:30 p.m.: Eden Brent
5:30 p.m.: Tad Robinson
7:30 p.m.: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
9:30 p.m.: Robert Cray
Born in Columbus, Ga., Cray grew up in Newport News, Va.,
and became a well known blues singer and guitarist who has earned five
Grammy awards. By age 20 he was living on the West Coast and formed
his own band. Soon he was touring with musicians such as Eric Clapton
and others. In 2011, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Cray will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a two-hour set to
climax Ribberfests Blues Bash.
We are excited to bring Robert Cray to Madison. What a great talent
he is, said Ribberfest director Kathy Ayers. Our line-up
this year promises to be exhilarating, with Madisons own Jimmy
Davis Band kicking off the weekend on Friday. Jimmy is an incredible
talent and we are proud to say he is ours. He is well known regionally
and now nationally.
There will be wall-to-wall blues music starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.
19, through 11:30 p.m., then again starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Of course, no one is expected to listen to a two days of blues music
without food and drink to sustain them. Both are readily available at
Ribberfest, with barbecue being the meal of choice.
Two barbecue competitions are incorporated into the festival. Amateur
cooking teams take their turn at Fridays Madison Courier Backyard
Barbecue Bash. Festival participants are welcome to watch the teams
at work, and are often offered free samples.
Cray has toured
with many musical legends,
including Eric Clapton.
The more serious competition sanctioned by the Kansas
City Barbecue Society is on Saturday. More than 60 KCBS-sanctioned barbecue
teams are already registered for Saturdays judging.
The KCBS teams compete in seven categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork,
beef brisket, barbecue sauce, anything butt and dessert.
Winners will take away $12,000 in cash as well as other awards.
We have a full list of KCBS teams, a growing list of Backyard
Blast Amateur barbecuers, and we need more competitors for our KidzQ
(childrens) cooking competition, Ayers said. This
year we are giving cash prizes to our young chefs. We will award
$200 to first place in each age category 8-11 and 12-15. Second place
will receive $100 in each age group.
Ribberfest promises more than just blues and barbecue, however.
For the second year, organizers have invited the Spirit of Cincinnati
paddlewheeler to give 45-minute river cruises throughout the two days
of the festival.
These will be open to the public at $15 for riders aged 13 and older
and $3 for children 4-12. Children under 3 are free. Ribberfest participants
who are wearing their wristbands can ride for only $10.
Advance tickets for the riverboat rides are available through the Madison
Visitors Center at (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956. Ribberfest patrons
who reserve their tickets in advance will receive their $5 rebate at
the ticket table at the dock.
The 5K run and walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. The start-finish line
will be on Vaughn Drive near Firemans Park at the foot of Jefferson
Street. The route will make a five-kilometer loop through downtown Madison,
extending as far as Springdale Cemetery. The $10 entry fee includes
a special Ribberfest T-shirt.
The 5K RibberRun will start in a different direction this year
heading west from Firemans Park hoping to give
our runners and walkers a new view of Ribberfest, Ayers said.
It was fun laying out the new direction allowing the walkers
and runners to pass some of the professional barbeque teams.
Those needing a break from music can divert themselves with the Pig
Toss cornhole tournament or by strolling through Pigmania,
the display of painted and costumed concrete pigs. Children will enjoy
giant inflatable playthings at the Piglet Pen.
It takes committed sponsors, a large committee and hundreds
of volunteers to bring an event this size to life, Ayers said.
We appreciate all the help and dedication. We are looking
forward to a large crowd to reward our efforts.
Admission wristbands are $20 for the two-day festival. Wristbands can
be purchased at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St. and various
retailers in Madison. Or order tickets online at www.VisitMadison.org.
Gate prices on Saturday only will be $20. Children 12 and under are
free with a paying adult.
For more information, visit: www.MadisonRibberfest.com.
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