Rib America isn’t the only rollicking citywide barbecue in Indianapolis any more. An array of corporate sponsors, including Weber, Captain Morgan, and the Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis are bringing together Indianapolis music, community, and, of course, delicious, smoky barbecue to Victory Field for a full three days of outdoor fun. It’s a block party on a larger scale, taking up the entire west parking lot of one of the more popular Indianapolis sports venues. Bring a lawn chair, bring the kids, and bring your appetite, because the Rock and Roll BBQ is coming to the Circle City starting Friday, July 1, 2011 and running through Sunday, July 3, 2011. And the best part? Admission is free up to a certain time each day, and guests can get in for just a small price after that time.
|Video of Rowdie, the lovable Indianapolis Indians mascot, drumming up public interest in the Rock and Roll BBQ happening at Victory Field in Indianapolis from July 1 to 3, 2011|
The Rock and Roll BBQ fun begins with the Best BBQ Contest at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 1, 2011. Everybody who enters the gates before 6:00 p.m. gets in for free, and Indianapolis music kicks off at 5:30 with Borrow Tomorrow. Influenced by Wilco, Bob Dylan, and a dash of Springsteen, Borrow Tomorrow is an Indianapolis band that brings blues tinged country rock to the table. Borrow Tomorrow will be followed by the Kentucky Headhunters at 7:30, a raucous southern rock outfit who released their latest CD, Under the Radar, in 2006. Headlining the first night will be the Charlie Daniels Band, a bluegrass group headed by North Carolina fiddler Charlie Daniels; the band is probably best known for the blazing fiddle of their 1979 hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a NARAS Grammy Award for Best Performance By a Group or Duo.
|Video of the Charlie Daniels Band performing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” at the Grand Ole Opry; the Charlie Daniels Band will be playing at the Rock and Roll BBQ in Indianapolis|
But Friday is just the start of this Indianapolis event. Both Saturday and Sunday have five bands on the lineup, some of them fairly big names. While Friday featured country and roots tinged music, Saturday is given over to nu-metal and radio rock. Starting things off at 1:00 is Eclipse, a self described “killer band” that has been around since 1976 and is a common sight at biker rallies. 2:45 p.m. brings Paradise City to the home of the Indianapolis Indians: a Guns n’ Roses cover band, Paradise City gives hair metal its due in the confines of Victory Field. Rock and Roll BBQ brings out the big guns at 5:00 with Rev Theory, a post-grunge band that’s toured with Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd; Rev Theory’s third album, Justice, was released in 2011. Saving Abel takes over from Rev Theory at 7:15, a hard rock band whose first single, “Addicted”, rose to #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 2008. Saturday night at the Rock and Roll BBQ closes out with Puddle of Mudd at 9:30. The band has had a slew of #1 singles over the 10+ years they’ve been together; a spinoff of Limp Bizkit, the band has released a total of six albums.
|Video of Puddle of Mudd performing “Away From Me” live on television; Puddle of Mudd will be playing at the Rock and Roll BBQ in Indianapolis|
The final day of the Rock and Roll BBQ is on Sunday, July 3, 2011; yet again, five different artists will be providing tunes throughout the day, starting at 1:00 with Eagles tribute band Seven Bridges Road. Soul Asylum, an alt rock band that received a Grammy award in 1994 for Best Rock Song for “Runaway Train,” a song off of their multi-platinum album of the same title, will be playing radio hits for the Rock and Roll BBQ crowd at 3:00. Soul Asylum will be followed by Gin Blossoms at 5:15; Gin Blossoms formed in 1987, broke up in 1997, and reformed in 2002. “Hey Jealousy,” their top single, hit #4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts upon its release, and they’ve released two albums since their reunion. Indianapolis music fans will get a taste of down under when the Little River Band takes over for Gin Blossoms at 7:45. An Australian rock band, Little River Band has sold over 25 million records and earned 13 Top 40 hits in the United States. The final act at the Rock and Roll BBQ will be easily recognized by any child of the 80’s: Loverboy closes out the Rock and Roll BBQ at 10:00. Best known for their arena rock hits, “Working for the Weekend” and “Turn Me Loose,” Loverboy still gets tons of airplay on classic rock stations and are members of the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame.
|Video of Gin Blossoms performing “Hey Jealousy” in Pittsburgh; Gin Blossoms will be playing at the Rock and Roll Barbecue in Indianapolis|
But the Rock and Roll BBQ isn’t entirely about music. In the end, the focus is still on the vittles, and participants won’t be disappointed. Barbeque joints from all over the country are participating in the Rock and Roll BBQ, including Big Boned BBQ from South Carolina, Rick’s Smokehouse Grill, Porky Chicks BBQ, and Cowboys BBQ Rib Company. No cash is accepted on site: visitors must purchase tokens that can then be redeemed for food and drinks.
|Video of Loverboy performing “When It’s Over” live in 2011; Loverboy will be playing at the Rock and Roll BBQ in Indianapolis July 3, 2011|
For good music, good food, and good company, look no further than the Rock and Roll BBQ, happening this weekend, July 1 through 3, 2011 at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free if you show up before 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can purchase reserved seats, which gives access to a private bar area and grants $10 worth of food and drink tickets. There’s also VIP seating available, which allows complementary drinks, a BBQ Buffet, and private indoor restroom facilities. After the free admission period, tickets to the Rock and Roll BBQ are $8 for adults 13 and over, $4 for Indianapolis children ages 7 to 12, and absolutely free for kids under 6. Looking for an Indianapolis thing to do this weekend? Bring the lawn chairs and the wet naps to Victory Field for the first annual Rock and Roll BBQ, the perfect way to celebrate summer in Indy!
Rock and Roll BBQ
Friday, July 3, 2011 through Sunday, July 5, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE before 6:00 p.m. Friday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; after free period, $8/adults, $4/children 7 and up, FREE/children below 7.
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