Hot tunes and smokin’ good food

The air will be filled with barbecue wood smoke and the beat of live American blues in historic downtown Canal Winchester as a weekend of smokin’ blues, sizzlin’ hot ribs, and more gets underway at the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest.

The event will be held Aug. 1 from 5-11 p.m. and Aug. 2 from noon to 11 p.m. Admission is free.
Last year, more than 33,000 people visited Canal Winchester to attend the outdoor festival. This year, festival goers can expect a variety of quality food and rib vendors, continuous live blues music (a total of 19 acts performing on two stages), fun children’s activities, fan-cooled dining tents and a beer and wine garden.

Main Stage headliners include Chicago’s own Carlise Guy (daughter of living blues legend Buddy Guy) and Oregon’s Cee Cee James, who is an original artist in her own right, but with a vocal styling that channels Janis Joplin at her “bluesiest” best.

On the solo/duo stage, Chicago’s Rip Lee Pryor (son of blues harp master Snooky Pryor) and award-winning West Virginia bluesman Chris Sutton will perform.

Destination: Canal Winchester is presenting the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest for the fifth year.

“People in this part of the country can’t seem to get enough BBQ or live blues and we’re pleased to once again be able to bring them together into one single event,” said Bruce Jarvis, Destination: Canal Winchester executive director. “The music is sure to be a hit as this is the strongest blues line-up we’ve ever assembled. We’re also honored to welcome several rib masters from the national barbeque circuit for the first time. They will be competing against each other for trophies and bragging rights. And if the ribs aren’t enough, there is a solid roster of more than 20 other specialty food vendors, including the famous Schmidt’s Sausage truck, to satisfy almost any taste or budget. We did not overlook the kids and we’ve added pony rides to the group of activities in the children’s area.”

The festival site radiates out from the High and Waterloo street intersection (closed to vehicle traffic) in downtown Canal Winchester. For GPS/digital mapping users, the address 10 N. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 may be used.

Lawn chairs are recommended due to limited seating. Outside food and beverages are not permitted within festival grounds. Skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, other recreational wheels are also prohibited. Parking is available in the areas adjacent to festival grounds with additional handicap parking in designated areas on West Waterloo Street and North High Street.

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Performance schedule
Main Stage
5:30– 7:15 p.m. – Doug Hart Band
7:30–9 p.m. – Willie Phoenix
9:30–11 p.m. – Carlise Guy/The NuBlu Band

Stradley Place Stage
5–6 p.m. – Lews Brothers
6:15–7:30 p.m. – Noah Shull
7:45–8:45 p.m. – Austin Walkin’ Cane
9–10:30 p.m. – Rip Lee Pryor

Aug. 2
Main Stage
Noon–1p.m. – Steve Riggs Band
1:30–3 p.m. – Michael Locke &
The Repeat Offenders
3–4:30 p.m. – Jimi Vincent Band
5:15–6 p.m. – Tee Dee Young Band
6:30–8:30 p.m. – Ray Fuller &
The Bluesrockers
9:30–11 p.m. – Cee Cee James

Stradley Place Stage
Noon–1:30 p.m. – Ben Bachert & Friends
1:45–3:45 p.m. – Jimmy Rogers
4–5 p.m. – Alex Poteet
5:15–6:45 p.m. – Dan & Chris Duo
7–8:30 p.m. – Luther Trammel
9–10:30 p.m – Chris Sutton

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