Guy to headline
10th annual Madison Ribberfest
rides, 5K run
add to this years festival fun
(August 2011) Festival-goers at this years
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.
5 p.m.: Gates open
6 p.m.: Davina & The Vagabonds
8 p.m.: Tinsley Ellis
10 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks
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
festivals 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 magazines 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
Guy will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, for a two-hour
set to climax Ribberfests 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 nights headliner is Robbie Baker Brooks at 10 p.m.
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.
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. That roster includes
last years 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
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 were doing it, said Ribberfest chairwoman Kathy
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 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.
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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