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Ribfest, Nov. 11-13, includes musical guests John Fogerty, Styx, Trace Adkins

Rocker John Fogerty is Friday night’s headliner.

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Rocker John Fogerty is Friday night’s headliner.


Times Pop Music Critic

Who's the greatest American rock band? Aerosmith? Metallica? Pearl Jam? Journey?

No, the correct answer is Creedence Clearwater Revival, led by howlin' wild child John Fogerty, one of the greatest frontmen of any nationality.

So although this year's Ribfest at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg is kind of lacking buzz, they do have Fogerty as their Friday headliner, and that's a darned good accompaniment to all those smoky bones and saucy fingers.

Born with that beautifully damaged bayou wail (even though he's from Berkeley, Calif.), Fogerty sounds as "good" now as he did then. Even though he's 66, he can still put chooglin' goodness into Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary. His set starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday's top name on Ribfest's main stage is Mr. Roboto prog-poppers Styx, now led by flaxen-haired guitar slinger Tommy Shaw (8:30 p.m.). Sunday closes with Nashville leviathan Trace Adkins (6 p.m.).

If you're looking for a new act to discover, the JaneDear Girls play at 3:30 Sunday right before Mr. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. They're sexy, they're sassy, they're country meets Cosmo.

Sean Daly can be reached at or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at


Of course Ribfest has a whole other side besides music: food, with some of the best barbecue teams from across the country. There's also a Family Fun Zone with giant inflatables, a 20-foot dual slide, obstacle course and glow golf. It's $12 for all-day rides. The event is sponsored by the Northeast Exchange Club.

IF YOU GO: Opens at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets $13 in advance, $20 at the door. For concert times and info, go to or call (727) 528-3828.


• You don't want to sit on the south side of the sidewalk nearest the stage. It's a constant stream of people in front of you and you can't see anything.

• Use an entrance that's not the nearest to North Shore Pool. The food lines there interfere with the sidewalk and create a massive people jam.

• The later it is, the longer the lines are going to be. Get there early in the day to get your rib fix.

Ribfest, Nov. 11-13, includes musical guests John Fogerty, Styx, Trace Adkins 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:30am]
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