announces musical lineup
for August festival
Our Madison Ribberfest
Guide is now available!
Ribberfest Blues Bash
(Festival Gates Open at 5 p.m.)
6 p.m.: Miranda Louise
8 p.m.: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
(7 p.m.: Backyard BBQ Blast
Judging begins in the Brown Gym)
(9 p.m.: Balloon Glow begins on
Kentucky side of Ohio River)
(9:30 p.m.: Backyard BBQ Blast amateur cooking winners announced
10 p.m.: Roomful of Blues
(7:15 a.m. Hot Air Balloon Race)
(11 a.m.: KCBS first cooking entries
turned in for judging at the Brown Gym.)
(Festival Gates Open at 11 a.m.)
Noon: One Shot Johnny
1:30 p.m.: Blues Devils
3 p.m.: Jimmy Davis Band
(4 p.m.: KCBS Pro Division cooking winners and Kidz Q
winners announced on stage.)
5 p.m.: Bettye Lavette
7 p.m.: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish
(7 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Race)
9 p.m.: The Fabulous Thunderbirds
(Schedule subject to change.)
Two-day pass $20 through 5 p.m. Aug. 18.
No two-day passes sold after that time.
Friday only = $10; Saturday only = $15.
Children ages 12 & under = Free.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
On Sale at the Souvenir Tent:
Ribberfest T-Shirts = $16
Ribberfest Pins = $3
Ribberfest Straw Hats = $20
(March 2006) The Madison Ribberfest planning
committee has finalized contracts for the 2006 Blues Bash and have announced
that The Fabulous Thunderbirds, featuring the bands sole original
member Kim Wilson, will headline the Saturday night lineup Aug. 19 on
the Madison riverfront. Friday nights headlining act will be Roomful
of Blues on Aug. 18.
The fifth annual event features amateur and professional division rib
cooking contests, plus hot air balloon races and balloon glow, a Pigmania
concrete pig decorating contest and childrens activities. The
pro cooking event serves as the Kansas City Barbeque Societys
Indiana State Barbeque Cook-Off Championship, with the winner earning
an automatic berth in two national contests. Cash prizes total $10,500
across seven cooking categories in the event, which this year is expected
to draw a record 60 teams, said chairman Shawn Auxier. The KCBS is the
largest international organization of barbecue enthusiasts and established
the rules for the competition and certifies its own judges.
With the recent death of festival founder Jeff Garrett, Auxier has asked
Garretts son, Drew, to co-chair the competition this year. Auxier
also is considering the creation of a spirit award named in honor of
the late Garrett to be presented to a team each year.
The amateur contest, the Backyard Barbeque Blast, also is expected to
grow this year, said chairman Steve Thomas. This judged event takes
place on Friday with teams competing in five categories.
The festival, sponsored by the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau,
is highlighted by the Blues Bash, featuring bands performing Friday
evening and all day Saturday. Fridays complete lineup will feature
Miranda Louise at 6 p.m.; Roy Rogers at 8 p.m.; and Roomful of Blues
at 10 p.m.
Saturdays complete lineup will feature One Shot Johnny at noon;
the Madison-based Blues Devils at 1:30 p.m.; Madison-based Jimmy Davis
Band at 3 p.m.; Bettye Lavette at 5 p.m.; Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
at 7 p.m.; and The Fabulous Thunderbirds at 9 p.m.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been performing for 30 years and are
known as the quintessential American band. The groups distinctive
and powerful sound is influenced by a diversity of musical styles. Two
of their biggest hits are Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up.
Co-founder Wilson, a Californian, still spearheads the group as it evolves
into its newest incarnation. He says the group started as a pure blues
band but has since evolved into a mixture of a lot of different
styles. Were an American music band and were much higher
energy than we were before.
In addition to Wilson, the group today includes Kirk Fletcher
and Nick Curran on guitar, Jimi Bott on drums, Ronnie James Weber on
bass and Gene Taylor on keyboards.
In other planning, Advance wristbands purchased before Aug. 1 are $20
for a two-day pass and includes $10 in food/beverage tickets. Two-day
tickets purchased between Aug. 2-20 are $20 with no food/beverage tickets.
Friday only tickets at the gate will be $10 Friday and $15 Saturday.
Food and beverage tickets will be sold on site. Children 12-under are
To order wristbands, call the tourism office at 1-800-559-2956
or visit: www.MadisonRibberfest.com.
To view coverage of previous years festivals, visit: www.RoundAboutMadison.com.
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