Rock'n Ribfest

Music, munchies on tap at Ribfest at Anheuser-Busch

June 17. 2013 4:02PM

AXE MAN: Gary Hoey, who most recently released the CD “Deja Blues,” will play the Rock ‘n Ribfest at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack from 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Friday, June 14. Hoey, a New Hampshire native, is rated one of the top 100 guitar players by Rolling Stone magazine. His hit “Hocus Pocus,” which brought him a Grammy nomination, helped propel him to the top of the music industry in the 90s. Hoey, who has shared stages with Foreigner and Ted Nugent, among others, is producer for The Giving Moon, a group of teen musicians slated to perform the same night at Ribfest.

It's as much about the music as the munchies.

The Nashua West Rotary Rock'n Ribfest, set for Friday through Sunday, June 14-16, at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, will feature sets by The James Montgomery Blues Band, Gary Hoey, The Slakas and The Psychedelic Relics, as well as lots of local talent.
FUNNY STUFF: New this year at the Rock’n Ribfest is a comedy show, which will be headlined by Jimmy Dunn. He has made appearances on Comedy Central and CMT and was the Boston correspondent for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for the historic Red Sox-Yankees series. 

Friday's lineup will include a Teen Band Competition from 4 to 6:30 p.m., the Beau Badrick from 7 to 7:45 p.m., Giving Moon from 8 to 8:45 p.m. and Gary Hoey from 9:15 to 10:45 p.m.

On Saturday, it's the winner of the Teen Band Competition from 11 to 11:30 a.m., The Pop Farmers from noon to 3 p.m., The Psychedelic Relics from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and The James Montgomery Blues Band, with Barrence Whitfield and The Uptown Horns, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday's events include a performance by the Teen Band Competition winner, number 2, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and The Slakas from noon to 3 p.m.

Drawing attention from the ground to the skies, a stunt airplane show featuring pilot Rob Holland will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Holland, who is based out of Nashua's Boire Field, is a three-time national champion in aerobatics whose maneuvers including flying upside, flipping, turning and plummeting through the skies.

Meanwhile, the three-day Ribfest also is scheduled to include children's rides, hot air balloon rides, tours of the brewery and, of course, food competitions and tastings. On the competitive docket for the three-day event is the Kansas City Barbeque Society Barbeque Contest, New England Barbeque Society Grilling Contest, and Whoopie Pie Eating Contest. Judges will sample food from more than 30 Northeast grillers and will select the New Hampshire State Barbeque Champion, who will then qualify for the National Barbeque Championship in Bentonville, Ark., in the fall. Attendees can sample foods from local vendors and help vote in their favorite as the "People's Choice" by contributing special "coins" at booths of their choice.

All events are held rain or shine. Admission is $10 at the gate; free for kids age eight and younger. For more details, log onto or call 589-2333.

New this year is a comedy night on Saturday at 8 p.m. with headliner Jimmy Dunn, Tony V and Craig Murphy. Dunn's made television appearances on Comedy Central and CMT and was the Boston correspondent for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for the historic Red Sox-Yankees series.

Tickiets are $40, which includes entrance to the Ribfest grounds.


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