Rock-n-Ribs is coming back to Marion for the fifth time. Free admission for Marion campus students, faculty, staff with ID.
The U.S. Open Commission welcomes the community to join them August 7, 12 noon-10 p.m. on the Marion campus of The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, for the 5th annual Rock-n-Ribs Festival.
This annual fundraiser for the US Open Commission will see significant changes in its format this year and organizers say its to the public’s advantage.
Done away with is the battle of the bands, which annually gave the winner $250 and recording time at an area studio. This year, the music will be provided in a concert format with 10 bands from Marion and surrounding counties taking the stage.
“Its top notch from beginning to end,” says co-organizer Rob Whalen. “If you like music, you’ll love this line-up. We have rock, pop, blues, jazz, disco. Maybe even some other kinds thrown in. This is the best all day line-up of music in the area.”
The music starts at noon with Columbus-area classic rock cover band The Free Booters taking the stage. Each band will play for about 45 minutes starting at the top of the hour. Following the Free Booters will be the Lackluster Band, Agent 99, and Soul Cadence.
Soul Cadence is back after winning the first battle of the bands and performed as a co-headliner at the second installment.
Local a capella group 4 The Record sings at 5 p.m., followed by Ma Deuce, Willie Phoenix at 8 p.m. and Frank Harrison.
Phoenix will be making his second appearance at the event, with his electric blues and eccentric showmanship.
Harrison will put on a show including the hits of Stevie Ray Vaughan with just a bit of Jimi Hendrix thrown in.
The music is only part of the draw, though.
Five area vendors will be putting their culinary skills to the test in the battle of the ribs. Vendors in the battle include OK Café, Holy Smoke Barbecue, Ralphie’s, BlueFusion, and Howie’s BBQ Express. Even more could be added as the event nears, organizers say.
“Sometimes, these people have catering events or promotions where they just can’t get away. If they find out August 7th isn’t booked, then they give us a call,” Whalen said.
Like previous years, two awards will be given. The public will get to vote for the “People’s Choice” award at the end of the day.
The big award for the competitors is the Judge’s Award with the winner receiving a trophy, $500, and an ad in the Marion Star.
Carrying over from last year is a classic car show on the front lawn of Marion Technical College. Registration runs from 12-2 p.m. for participants and the fee is $10 per vehicle entered in the show. Awards will be given out at 4 p.m.
Admission to the event is $3.00 with free parking at the campus. Proceeds from the event benefit the US Open Commission’s mission of helping students with pay to play fees and scholarships for musicians from Marion County Schools.
Visit: www.rocknribsmarion.com for more information.