Ribfest: The day-by-day lineup, from Morningwood to the Zac Brown Band
So what gives this year? Along with Blue Oyster Cult and George Thorogood — ah, so expected — there’s Jet and Zac Brown Band (above) and Morningwood, bands that are actually kind of cool. Heck, they’re probably all vegans or something.
Ribfest is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $15 at gate, 12 and under free with paid adult. Click here for details.
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of Ribfest’s headliners.
Listening to the sexy cheerleader chirps of singer Chantal Claret on pop-rock ditties like Nth Degree and Best of Me (the theme to VH1’s Daisy of Love), you’d never guess Morningwood (6:30 p.m.) was co-founded by Pedro Yanowitz, originally the drummer for ... the Wallflowers? What would Jakob Dylan think? Headlining Aussie rockers Jet (8:30 p.m.) are best known for the rollicking jam Are You Gonna Be My Girl, arguably the finest stripper anthem/commercial jingle of the past decade.
The world is restored to its natural order as classic rock and blues take over the Ribfest stage. Gator Country (2 p.m.) brings together several former members of Molly Hatchet (they were denied the rights to the name “Molly Hatchet,” an ego blow if ever there was one). It’s been nine years since the classic “More Cowbell” sketch on Saturday Night Live, so screaming that line until Blue Oyster Cult (4 p.m.) plays Don’t Fear the Reaper is totally passe, right? (Wrong! Scream like your gold-plated diapers depend on it.) Riverview bluesman Damon Fowler (6:30 p.m.) is having a career year with his first nationally released album, Sugar Shack. And while there may be better bluesmen than George Thorogood and the Destroyers (8:30 p.m.) few blues singles in the past 35 years are as memorable as Thorogood’s Bad to the Bone, and his covers of Hank Williams’ Move It On Over, John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer and Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love.
Time for some country! Big Kenny Alphin (2 p.m.), the more free-spirited half of country rebels Big & Rich, performs with his band, luvjOi ReUnited, just days after the release of his solo album, The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy. Rootsy songsmiths Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey and Nic Cowan (4 p.m.) bring a fresher blend of funk and folk to the stage. Then it’s the Zac Brown Band (5 p.m.), whose bouncy single Chicken Fried led to Nashville success, even as they maintained their cred with the Southern-jam crowd (they headlined the first night of Bonnaroo 2009).
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Jeffography.com.