to entertain rib-eating crowd
(August 2005) The Madison Ribberfest kicks off its fourth
year on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, with barbecue, blues and balloons
along the Madison riverfront.
Several big name blues musicians will perform at the event. They include
Friday night headliner Tommy Castro and Saturday night headliner James
Harman, with special guest Junior Watson.
Pick Up our Madison
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20, 2005
on the Madison riverfront
Friday Bands - (EST-slow time)
6 p.m.: Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings
8 p.m.: The Tommy Castro Band
10 p.m.: Mark Selby
Bands - (EST-slow time)
$20 for 2-day wristband if purchased by
Noon: L.A. Groove
1:30 p.m.: Gordon Bonham Blues Band
3 p.m.: Studebaker John & The Hawks
5 p.m.: Guy Davis & The High Flynin Rockets
7 p.m.: Omar & The Howlers
9 p.m.: James Harman & Junior Watson
Aug. 19. Single day tickets: $10 Friday; $15 Saturday. Children
12-under free. To order call (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956
or visit: www.madisonribberfest.com
Other performers on Friday are the Chicago Rythm &
Blues Kings, and Vanguard recording artist Mark Selby.
Saturday's lineup features L.A. Groove, the Gordon Bonham Blues Band,
Studebaker John & The Hawks, Guy Davis & The High Flyin' Rockets,
and Omar and the Howlers.
Meanwhile, festival-goers will be able to stroll through the Backyard
BBQ Blast cooking area to sample food prepared for competition judging
by amateur grillers. As of late July, nearly 20 teams had signed up,
and chairman Steve Thomas expected many more by mid-August.
Down Vaughn Drive, professional cookers will be grilling meat for competition
judging using the Kansas City Barbeque Society rules. Competition chairman
Shawn Auxier said 39 KCBS-registered teams had signed up as of late
July. He expects to have more than 40 teams by festival time.
Festival-goers can purchase ribs, chicken and other foods from several
vendors that will be set up inside the festival grounds. A hot air balloon
glow will be visible at dusk Friday from the staging area across the
Ohio River in Milton, Ky. Two hare-and-hound hot air balloon races are
planned for Saturday, with 24 balloons registered as of late July, according
to chairman Jim Pruett.
The planning committee are eagerly looking forward to what they hope
will be the bluesiest festival yet.
Castro takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday. A native of San Jose, Calif.,
Castro listened to B.B. Kings Cook County Jail album
as a kid and fell in love. He picked up the guitar and never looked
back. Castros influences include Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Otis
Redding, Ray Charles and James Brown.
Castro, 50, played in several bands in the San Francisco area, including
Warner Brothers recording artists the Dynatones before starting his
own band in 1991. Castro produced his debut album, No Foolin,
in 1993 and followed up two years later with the breakthrough Exception
to the Rule on Blind Pig Records.
The Tommy Castro Band was selected as the house band for NBCs
Comedy Showcase in the late 1990s. Castros 1999 album
Right as Rain featured guests Dr. John and Delbert McClinton.
In 2001, Castro and crew toured and performed with heroes Buddy Guy,
John Hiatt, and B.B. King. The late John Lee Hooker performed on Castros
critically acclaimed 33rd St. Records release, Guilty of Love,
that same year.
Harman and Watson will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday. Harman was born into
a musical family in Anniston, Ala., where he learned to play several
instruments, including piano, guitar and harmonica. In 1962 he moved
to Panama City, Fla., where he frequented black nightclubs to hear acts
like Little Milton Campbell, Otis Redding, and Jimmy Reed. Harman began
performing with local musicians, and put together his own bands, performing
under many different names. In 1964, a label manager took the 18-year-old
bluesman to Atlanta to record a 45, and he spent the next several years
touring the eastern United States.
Harman in 1970 moved to southern California, where he still resides.
In his career spanning more than four decades, Harman has released 29
recordings, received 14 W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, and played
alongside greats like Freddie King, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, and
Watson boasts an equally impressive resume. In more than 30 years as
a blues guitarist, Watson has performed and recorded with an all-star
roster of musicians, including Big Mama Thorton, Charlie Musselwhite,
Shakey Jake, and Jimmy Rogers. Watson was a founding member of The Mighty
Flyers. Throughout the 1980s, Watson was a member of Canned Heat. He
continued to tour with the band through much of the 1990s.
In the weeks preceding Ribberfest, local businesses have been supporting
an agricultural scholarship program by "adopting" 250-pound
concrete pigs, decorating them and displaying them in front of their
buildings. The Pigmania contest will culminate at the festival when
the pigs will be on display along Vaughn Drive for people to vote with
their money on the best decorated pig.
A new event this year is the "Kids Q," a cooking contest for
youth in two age categories to be held Saturday morning. Only 16 total
contestants will be allowed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eight
contestants will compete in ages 8-11, and eight will compete in ages
12-15. Winners in each category will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond.
To sign up, call (812) 265-2196.
At the merchandising tent, there will be no posters for sale this year,
but T-shirts will be available with a new design for 2005.
The Madison Ribberfest is coordinated by Kathy Ayers, who leads a committee
of nearly 30 people. The event is operated under the auspices of the
Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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