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Madison Ribberfest

Buddy Guy to headline
10th annual Madison Ribberfest

Paddleboat rides, 5K run
add to this year’s festival fun

By Laura Hodges
Contributing Writer

(August 2011) – Festival-goers at this year’s Madison Ribberfest will find even more ways to get involved in the fun – from a 5K morning run to paddleboat rides on the Ohio River.

Madison Ribberfest
Band Schedule

Friday, Aug 19
5 p.m.: Gates open
6 p.m.: Davina & The Vagabonds
8 p.m.: Tinsley Ellis
10 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks

Saturday, Aug. 20
11 a.m.: Gates open
11:30 a.m.: Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel
1:30 p.m.: Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers
3:30 p.m.: V-Groove
5:30 p.m.: Big Bill Morganfield
7:30 p.m.: Pigmania Awards on Stage
7:30 p.m.: Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
9 p.m.: Quinn Sullivan
9:30 p.m.: Buddy Guy
11:30 p.m.: Festival closes

Of course, the focus will still be on blues music and barbecue at this 10th anniversary Ribberfest, to be held Aug. 19-20 at Madison Bicentennial Park on the riverfront.
Organizers are expecting a large crowd, based on the popularity of the festival’s headliner, blues legend Buddy Guy.
The 75-year-old guitarist and singer was a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound. He was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Some music historians have called Guy the bridge between the blues and rock and roll.
Born in Louisiana, Guy started playing guitar as a child. Moving to Chicago in 1957, he was influenced by Muddy Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues.
Guy will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, for a two-hour set to climax Ribberfest’s Blues Bash.
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. Friday night’s headliner is Robbie Baker Brooks at 10 p.m.
Two barbecue competitions are incorporated into the festival. Amateur cooking teams take their turn at Friday’s Madison Courier Backyard Barbecue Bash. Festival participants are welcome to watch the teams at work, and are often offered free samples.
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 Saturday’s judging. That roster includes last year’s grand champions, the Moonswiners, and the reserve grand champion, Pirates of the Grill.
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.
Ribberfest promises more than just blues and barbecue, however. Because this is the 10th anniversary year, several special events have been planned.

Buddy Guy

Photo provided

Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy will
bring his pioneering sound to the annual
Madison Ribberfest on Aug. 20.

Organizers have invited the “Spirit of Cincinnati” paddlewheeler to give 45-minute river cruises throughout the two days of the festival. “We always get questions about riverboat rides, so this year we’re doing it,” said Ribberfest chairwoman Kathy Ayers.
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 $7.
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 $8 rebate at the ticket table at the dock.
Another new feature for 2011 is the “5K for 10Y” run at 8 a.m. Saturday. The start-finish line will be on Vaughn Drive near Fireman’s 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.

• Admission wristbands are $20 for the two-day festival. Wristbands can be purchased at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.; Craig Toyota, 258 Clifty Dr.; and Koehler Welding, 2350 Michigan Rd., or online at www.VisitMadison.org.

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