August 15 & 16, Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of sizzling barbeque during the 13th annual Madison RibberFest Barbeque & Blues. This two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River in historic Madison, features regional and national blues bands, barbeque competitions, boat rides and more.
Nine great blues bands are set to take the stage on Friday evening and all day Saturday, August 15 & 16 at Madison Ribberfest. This year’s headliners are the Taj Mahal Trio on Friday night and Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings on Saturday night.
The American Music Association has just announced that Taj Mahal will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Performance Award at their awards show in September. Mahal’s career has spanned 40 years and he is recognized as “a shining light of integrity and interpretive brilliance”. He has shared the stage with such notables as Eric Clapton, Etta James and The Rolling Stones among others.
Master slide guitarist Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings take the stage on Saturday, August 16. Rogers is considered “one of the world’s premier slide guitarists performing today”. “Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future. ……” ~ Guitar Player.
Rogers is an 8 time Grammy winner, has been featured on several movie soundtracks, and been touring worldwide since 1982. You’ll definitely want to bring your dancing shoes when they rock the blues on Madison’s riverfront.
Seven more great national/regional acts including Deanna Bogart, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Power Plant Blues, The KingBees, Kelly Richy, Paul Thorn, and The West Coast Blues All-Stars with Junior Watson & Fred Kaplin round out the schedule for a 2-day blues extravaganza right along the Ohio River in Madison Indiana.
Barbeque lovers get to see 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. On Friday night, there’s a Backyard Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kid’s Q for the youngsters on Saturday.
Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddle wheeler, a 5K RibberRun/Ride, the Pig Toss Corn Hole Tournament and the “Piglet Pen” children’s play area, round out the offerings for a great family weekend. Check www.madisonribberfest.com for details & registration.
Whether it’s Barbeque, Barbecue or BBQ – don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque & Blues August 15 and 16 in Madison, Indiana.
Two day wristbands are only $20. Gates open at 5pm on Friday, August 15 and 11am on Saturday, August 16. 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.