Madison Ribberfest Reviews
Blues & BBQ Aug 21, 2015
An extremely well packaged weekend event. Ribberfest showcases blues and barbecue, but spices the combo up with many extras over a Friday evening and all day Saturday extravaganza.
Perhaps the drawing card is that this is not a big draw. No Lollapalooza, the festival only offers a single stage and one and a half days of music. But less (people) is more (fun). The music is quality, with Jimmie Vaughan closing Friday night and Keb’ Mo’ shutting the whole affair down Saturday night. No slouches in their supporting cast, either. I particularly enjoyed seeing Walter “Wolfman” Washington (whom I last saw play in a bar back in 1985), Southern Hospitality and Mark Hummel (joined by Little Charlie, of Little Charlie and the Nightcats).
2015 Admission prices were $25 for a two day wrist band. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by paying adult.
To reinforce the brilliance, it wasn’t enough for Jimmie Vaughan to burn things up with his guitar the first night. Lou Ann Barton, a powerful Texas blues singer, made a surprise entrance on the stage during Jimmie's third number. She was totally unexpected and stayed around the rest of night. Wow, bonus!
They basically fence off the riverfront promenade of the town, then populate it with the stage and a ton of food vendors. There was a BBQ contest, a BBQ eating contest, a pig sculpture contest, a 5K run Saturday morning and a lot of other activities (many kid oriented). In a nutshell, Ribberfest offers great music and good times in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere.
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