On August 16th & 17th , Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of sizzling barbeque during the 12th annual Madison RibberFest Barbeque & Blues. This two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River in historic Madison, features regional and national blues bands that set the mood as we indulge our taste for some of the best barbeque in the country.
Fill up your plates, lick your fingers and settle in the best of live blues music featuring nine great blues bands on Friday evening and all day on Saturday. Headlining this year are national recording artists Robert Randolph and the Family Band, an American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph on Friday and blues rocker Kenny Wayne Sheppard on Saturday.
Still barely in his 30s, the Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.Seven more great national/regional acts round out the schedule for a 2-day blues extravaganza.
Along the banks of the Ohio River in historic Madison Indiana, 60 professional barbeque teams from around the country compete in the Indiana State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off for cash/prizes and a chance to represent Indiana at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world championship. There’s a Backyard Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kid’s Q for the youngsters.
Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddle wheeler, a 5K walk/run and the “Piglet Pen”, the children’s play area, round out the offerings for a great family weekend. Check www.madisonribberfest.com for details & registration.
No matter how you spell it – Barbeque, Barbecue or BBQ – don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque & Blues August 16 and 17 in Madison, Indiana.
Two day wristbands are $20. Gates open at 5pm on Friday, August 16 and 11am on Saturday, August 17. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. To order wristbands or for information, call 800-559-2956 or visit www.madisonribberfest.com.