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Brooks Announces “Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest” to Return to Highland Park This Weekend

Brooks Announces “Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest” to Return to Highland Park This Weekend

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced the County will again host the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest at the Highland Park Festival site from today, Thursday, July 10th through Sunday, July 13th. Now in its seventh year, this event has become one of our community’s hottest summer-time festivals.

"Working with Jeff Springut and Rochester Events, we are thrilled to host this fun-filled festival of great food and exceptional music at Monroe County’s Highland Park for the seventh-year-in-a-row,” said Brooks. “The Rib BBQ & Blues Fest has become a staple event of the summer for Monroe County residents and visitors alike.  This year’s participation of six Rib Masters will guarantee a wide variety of barbeque styles and flavors for everyone to sample throughout the four-day event.”
For four BIG days, barbecue fans will have an opportunity to sample wildly different versions of items they might have thought were always made the same. Featured will be the best ribs from six nationally renowned Rib Masters: Porky ‘N’ Beans, Texas Pit BBQ, Good Smoke BBQ out of East Rochester, Gator BBQ, Smokin’ T’s, and Johnson’s BBQ. Serving every day from 11:30am through 10:00pm (9:00pm on Sunday), the 2014 Festival will also feature a musical lineup that pays homage to the impact of blues on American music.

“The blues are one of the most distinctively American styles of music, and the fundamental inspiration for some of the most important artists of our generation,” said Jeff Springut of Springut Group, Inc., the festival producer. “This year’s lineup is by far the best in the festival’s history. Each day brings the most exciting artists of our time including Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the James Hunter Six, Shemekia Copeland, Kelley Hunt, Willie Nile, Glen David Andrews, and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens.”
Lunchtime admission is free until 3:00 p.m. for all four days of the festival and only $10 after 3:00 p.m. All musical entertainment is FREE with your paid admission. More than 20 live-concerts will take over the RAM Trucks Main stage. Some of the featured bands include Shemekia Copeland, The Playing for Change Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Fat City, Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers, The James Hunter Six, and many more.

Again this year, great food and music are combined as a way to give back to the community. The Festival has teamed up with the Rochester chapter of the Visiting Nurse Service Meals On Wheels program and a portion of all V.I.P. ticket sales will go directly to the Rochester program.

Hours for the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 10-12 from 11:30am to 10:00pm; Sunday, July 13 from 11:30am to 9:00pm.  Admission is FREE every day until 3:00pm and $10.00 per person after 3:00pm. Kids 12-and-under are always FREE.  The County Parks Department will offer on-site event parking (accessible from both Elmwood Avenue and South Avenue) for a $5.00 fee, with all proceeds to benefit the Highland Park Trust Fund.

Advance VIP tickets are on sale now at the House of Guitars, Record Archive and The Bop Shop, and online at V.I.P. tickets include all-you-can-eat buffet, festival admission and front-of-stage access. A portion of these ticket sales will go towards the Rochester Chapter of Meals On Wheels, a program of Visiting Nurse Service.

For more information on the Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest, including a complete concert schedule with artist times and video previews, visit