Rib cook off slated for Memorial Day weekend

Aaron Krause • Apr 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Music legends and Northeast Ohio's finest musicians are ready to rock out Memorial Day weekend at the 23rd annual Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival, Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26 at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex.

Times and dates are noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-25 and noon to 8 p.m. May 26.

Entertainment will kick off Friday night with a "bone-crushing dance party" featuring Disco Inferno and The Spazmatics one night on the same stage. Get ready to get sauced at the Rib Cook-Off with two of the most popular party bands.

Rounding out the weekend's entertainment on the Bud Light Main Stage will be Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Saturday, May 24, Taking Back Sunday on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26 will be "country to the bone" featuring country music from the time the Rib Cook-Off opens until the last rib falls off the bone at closing!

The Monday Memorial Day line-up will feature Blackberry Smoke and a host of great country performers, including Dylan Scott. The annual barbecue extravaganza is produced by Live Nation and co-presented by Fox 8 and Bud Light.

Entertainment continues to be free with a general admission ticket. For an additional charge, a limited number of prime reserved seat tickets for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a limited number of front-of-stage general admission access tickets for Taking Back Sunday and Blackberry Smoke, which also includes admission to the Rib Cook-Off, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11 at www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts do not apply on advance reserved tickets or front-of stage general admission tickets.

The Rib Cook-Off house band, Steve Broderick & The 100 Watt Suns, will entertain attendees all weekend long as part of a special "One's to Watch" music residency program. They join a host of other regional performers appearing throughout the event on the Live Nation "Ones to Watch" Stage and at the Roots of American Music Acoustic Dining Tent. Bands confirmed to-date include: Borrow Tomorrow, Christopher Wild, Mixed Elements Roberto Ocasio Student Jazz Band, Two Days Until Tomorrow, Ohio Sky, Red Sun Rising, Envoi, Ray Flanagan and The Authorities, Buck Naked Band, Jordan Genovese Band, Tom Frietchen Band, London Flatts, Georgia and The Georgia Preachers.

Be sure to also visit the Riverside Terrace and Dining Area, located along the Cuyahoga River with access to the new Nautica Complex boardwalk. This now offers rib lovers a place to sit down, enjoy their barbecue and take in beautiful views of Lake Erie. The One's-To-Watch Stage and the Budweiser Build-A-Bar will be located on the Riverside Terrace.

To stay up-to-date on the latest entertainment and festival information, download the FREE Live Nation mobile app by texting "LNAPP" to 404040 or visit www.fox8.com/rib.

The following is a schedule:

Friday, MAY 23

Steve Broderick & The 100 Watt Suns - 5 p.m. on the "Ones to Watch" Stage. The time is subject to change.

Steve Broderick & The 100 Watt Suns, appearing all weekend as part of the Live Nation "One's to Watch" music residency program, is a group of master musicians featuring Steve Broderick, a singer-songwriter extraordinaire who has toured for nearly a decade with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Northeast Ohio TSO fans will remember Steve singing "Old City Bar" during the Christmas Eve and Other Stories Tour. Broderick has also played with the likes of Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent. The chemistry is undeniable between Broderick and his band as they perform soulful, bluesy, roots rock songs. Band members include Dan Watson on guitar and vocals, Bill Light on guitar, Don "DC" Culp on bass and Marty Maroney on drums.

The Spazmatics and Disco Inferno - 6:30 p.m. The time is subject to change.

From the creators of the Fabulous Boogie Knights comes the Spazmatics. All the awesome sounds, styles and way cool dance steps from the 1980s we'd love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style makes for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. So tonight, we're gonna party like it's 1999; only it's not!

Often imitated, never duplicated is the number one disco tribute band in the Midwest. With more than 150 shows a year, Disco Inferno has been together since 1996 and can be seen at venues throughout Ohio as well as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky and more. Whether it's a nightclub, festival, wedding or corporate event, Disco Inferno will get the party started and get the people dancing with the hits of the 70's and early 80's disco.

Saturday, May 24

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - 9:15 p.m. The time is subject to change.

Jett is an originator, innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover." Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts first studio record in more than seven years breaks new lyrical ground for the pioneering female rocker while remaining true to Jett's veracious sound. Much of the album is a reflection on the human experience delving into subjects ranging from the tenacity of the human spirit in the face of disaster to the cultural phenomenon of over-sharing. Unvarnished, which Jett has called "a real band album," features several collaborations from Jett and the Blackhearts, in particular, guitarist Dougie Needles and drummer Thommy Price, and of course, Jett's long time songwriting partner and producer, Kenny Laguna.

Sunday, MAY 25

Taking Back Sunday - 9:15 p.m. The time is subject to change.

Taking Back Sunday is a band that truly needs no introduction. Since forming in Long Island in 1999, the group has sold millions of albums, evolved into seasoned songwriters and continues to forge a successful career. That spirit of resilience and innovation is dripping all over the band's sixth full-length Happiness Is (which is also their first release for Hopeless Records) available now. Their latest effort debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 100 charts and continues to get praise from media and fans. The band is currently on the road and will continue their relentless touring schedule, playing shows all over the world in 2014.

Monday, MAY 26

Dylan Scott - 5 p.m. on the "Ones to Watch" Stage. The time is subject to change.

Scott can write your life in a song and deliver it in a baritone so deep it'll rattle your bones. Then there's his stage presence, so commanding as to win two major music competitions -- the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest. Now, the multi-talented Sidewalk Records Artist is poised to become a major star with his new self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville's new generation of songwriters.

Blackberry Smoke - 6:15 p.m. The time is subject to change.

The southern rock quintet, Blackberry Smoke, mixes elements of gospel, bluegrass, arena rock, soul and more than a touch of outlaw country into their music and is as blue collar as the bandanas its members wear. Drummer Brit Turner, along with singer and guitarist Charlie Starr, bassist and vocalist Richard Turner, guitarist and vocalist Paul Jackson and keyboardist Brandon Still, have slugged it out on the road for more than a decade, but now regularly sell out headline appearances across the country and overseas. In a little more than a decade together, Blackberry Smoke has released three full-length albums -- including 2012's The Whippoorwill, the band's first for country megastar Zac Brown's Southern Ground label -- two EPs and a live DVD, Live at the Georgia Theatre, which serves as the perfect showcase for the band's raucous, rockin' good-times-for-all take on rock 'n' roll.


Ones To Watch Live Nation Stage

Live Nation will feature some of the most exciting and talked about artists, creating a buzz throughout the region on the Ones to Watch Stage. In addition to Steve Broderick and The 100 Watt Suns performing throughout the weekend on this stage, music fans will be able to hear Borrow Tomorrow, Christopher Wild, Mixed Elements Roberto Ocasio Student Jazz Band, Two Days Until Tomorrow, Ohio Sky, Red Sun Rising, Envoi, Ray Flanagan and The Authorities, Buck Naked Band, Jordan Genovese Band, Tom Frietchen Band, London Flatts, Georgia and The Georgia Preachers.

Roots of American Music Acoustic Dining Tent -- 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Enjoy music in the Acoustic Dining Tent presented by The Roots of American Music, a local non-profit music education organization, featuring some of the most talented singer/songwriters and musicians from the region. Performers include Hot Djang Gypsy Jazz, Roots of American Music staff artists, Stefani Reeder, Nathan Hedges, Jordan Genovese, Diane Chittester, Callie Shae Sullivan and Austin Walkin' Cane.

Log onto www.fox8.com/rib for up-to-the-minute entertainment announcements and performance times or download the FREE Live Nation mobile app by texting "LNAPP" to 404040.

The Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival takes place at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. For more details, venue information or driving directions, visit the festival's official website www.fox8.com/rib or call the Jacobs Pavilion Box Office at (216) 622-6557 during event hours.

Parking is available at various surrounding lots on the East and West Bank of the Flats. The Swing Bridge that connects the East and West Bank is open, making it convenient to park in the lots near the Settler's Landing RTA Waterfront Line.

RTA will once again be offering "Rib Lovers" free rides on all RTA Rapid Transit Rail Lines, courtesy of Live Nation, Jacobs Entertainment and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Patrons can park for free at any RTA Rapid Station and then hop aboard the Red, Blue or Green Line for the ride downtown. From there, it's a quick trip on the Waterfront Line to the Settlers Landing Station where it's a short walk to the Rib Cook-Off entrance. RTA rail service will be extended all weekend long to match the hours of the Rib Cook-Off.

Adult general admission is $6 with a coupon from Marc's or with an online coupon available at www.fox8.com/rib.

Children 12 and younger are admitted free every day, all hours. Entertainment continues to be free with general admission. General admission tickets are not sold in advance and are only available for purchase at the Rib Cook-Off box office during event hours.

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