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Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival, Cleveland, Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31, 2010

DATES/HOURS:
Friday, May 28   
11am to 11pm   
Free general admission until 3!

Saturday, May 29   
Noon to 11pm   
Free general admission until 3!

Sunday, May 30   
Noon to 11pm   
Free general admission until 3!

Monday, May 31   
Noon to 8pm   
Free general admission until 3!

LOCATION:
Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City in downtown Cleveland, OH
www.livenation.com/timewarnercableamphitheater

PARKING NOTE:
The Huron Road ramp into the Tower City Center parking lot has been closed. Motorists should utilize the alternative entrance on Canal Road across from Sherwin Williams. For a map and directions, visit www.cleveland.com/rib.
ADMISSION:

FREE UNTIL 3PM EVERYDAY compliments of Ohio Natural Gas, the official gas provider for Live Nation and House of Blues Cleveland. Adult general admission is ONLY $5 with coupon from Marc's or with online coupon from WKYC.com. Kids 12 and under are FREE everyday, all hours. Entertainment continues to be FREE with your paid general admission.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS:
Special Stimulus Half-Off Dining Deal and Music Package! Rib lovers can purchase $30 worth of food & beverage tickets and 4 general admission tickets in advance to the Rib Cook Off, which includes headline entertainment, for ONLY $31! That's a $62 value for half the price! This limited time offer is available exclusively online while supplies last at www.wdok.com and www.Q104.com beginning Thursday, April 22 as well as www.wncx.com and www.radio923fm.com beginning Friday, April 23.

ADVANCE TICKETS:
Advance general admission tickets and a limited number of prime reserved seat tickets, which include admission to the Rib Cook Off, are on sale now for all headline attractions at www.livenation.com and all Ticketmaster locations. No discounts on advance general admission tickets or prime reserved seat tickets.

ENTERTAINMENT HEADLINERS:
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes-May 28 at 9:00pm
Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour starring The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, and The Buckinghams-May 29 at 8:00pm
L.A. Guns, Dokken, Trixter and Danger Danger-May 30 at 7:00pm
Rusted Root at 6:00pm with special guest moe. at 3:30pm-May 31
*All showtimes subject to change.

REVERSE BRAIN DRAIN:
During the Rib Cook Off on Monday, May 31 the Cleveland20/20 Music Festival invites high school and college students to explore Cleveland employment, internship and scholarship prospects amid a day of live music from Northeast Ohio's best high school rock bands including Saints & Poets at 12:30pm, Trancemitter at 1:10pm, Oh! The Humanity! at 1:50pm and 2010 Tri-C High School Rock Off winner Maddie Finn at 2:30pm. Plus, a special 3:00pm showcase from rising TOP 40 artist Tino Coury.

AWARD CEREMONY:
Winners for "Greatest Ribs in America," "Greatest Sauce in America" and the "People's Choice" award will be crowned Monday, May 31 at 3:15pm.

MORE INFO:
Visit www.cleveland.com/rib or call 440.247.2722

A STAR STUDDED LINEUP ROCKS RIB COOK OFF

All musical entertainment is FREE with your paid general admission!

Music and rib fans unite for sweet barbecue from 10 grillers and tantalizing tunes from more than a dozen live bands. Chart-topping hits spanning more than five decades will please every musical palette during the 19th annual Marc's Great American Rib Cook Off & Music Festival presented by Friday! in The Plain Dealer, WKYC-TV3 and cleveland.com.

While barbecue is at the heart of the Rib Cook Off, the four-day musical marathon will pump a steady flow of rock through Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City. The Memorial Day weekend tradition features non-stop live entertainment and daily concerts starring local, regional and national performing artists! Catch legends from the 60s; jukebox classic rock from the 70s; glam metal hair bands of the 80s; and progressive rock hits from the first decade of the new millennium.

The Rib Cook Off continues to offer all musical entertainment for FREE with your paid general admission! For an additional charge, fans can purchase prime reserved seat tickets for all headline attractions at www.livenation.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

For music fans attending the Rib Cook Off, parking at Tower City Center is a convenient way to get close to all the action. The Huron Road ramp into the Tower City Center parking lot has been closed so motorists should utilize the alternative entrance on Canal Road across from Sherwin Williams. For a map with alternative driving directions, visit www.cleveland.com/rib.

Don't miss this year's finger-licking lineup of rock stars and local favorites performing on the Bud Light Main Stage: (subject to change)

FRIDAY, MAY 28

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes-9:00pm
With nearly 30 albums, thousands of performances and a multitude of enthusiastic fans, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are a living legend of rock-n-roll! After three decades of performing classic songs and chart-topping albums including Hearts of Stone, Southside Johnny remains a Rib Cook Off favorite! Chosen by Billboard as one of the Top 100 albums of the 70s and 80s, Johnny and the Jukes are always up for a party! Cleveland's own adopted son will bring his band and years of sing-along hits to rib fanatics Friday, May 28!

SATURDAY, MAY 29

Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour-8:00pm
In 1985, fans came out in droves to experience an unforgettable evening with some of the greatest artists of the 60s and 70s. Fast forward to 2010 and the Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour is back to celebrate another lineup of legendary stars together on one stage. Artists include:

  • The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill
    The Grass Roots appeared on more than 50 national television shows, sold over 20 million records worldwide and are one of only nine bands to chart 29 or more Top 100 Billboard singles. The Grass Roots starring original lead singer Rob Grill will share a string of chart-topping hits including "Let's Live For Today," "Midnight Confessions" and "Wait a Million Years."


  • The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
    Very few rock performers have remained as vital through the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s as have Howard Kaylan (Eddie) and Mark Volman (Flo). As The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, the artists continue to tour and entertain fans. Relive a mountain of top ten hits and timeless rock-n-roll staples, including "Happy Together," "Elenore" and "It Ain't Me Babe."


  • Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
    Micky Dolenz, the legendary lead singer of television's phenomenal music group The Monkees, will entertain rib fans with some of his greatest and most-loved hits. Whether you saw the TV band debut in the 60s or caught the reruns in the 80s, relive Monkeemania with "I'm a Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Daydreamer Believer."


  • Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders
    When you flipped through a teen magazine or the television channels in the 1960s, you were inundated with images of Mark Linsday. Co-founder, saxophone player and former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mark Lindsay has lent his voice to 17 Top 40 hits. It's been more than 40 years since the Summer of Love but songs such as "Indian Reservation," "Kicks," "Louie, Louie" and "Hungry" still resonate with fans around the world.


  • The Buckinghams
    Performances on American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show made them teen favorites in the 60s. For the past two and a half decades, The Buckinghams, with founding members Carl Giammarese (lead vocals) and Nick Fortuna (bass/vocals,) have successfully toured the nation entertaining loyal fans. The band continues to deliver perfect pop sounds and a million memories with each hit song including "Kind of a Drag," "Susan" and "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song.)"

SUNDAY, MAY 30

L.A. Guns, Dokken, Trixter and Danger Danger-7:00pm

  • L.A. Guns
    L.A. Guns got their start in 1986 on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. The band's high-octane rock shows and slick music videos earned a slew of hit singles, platinum records and world tours with AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. Cocked and Loaded, the band's second album, was a smashing success and included hits "Rip and Tear," "Never Enough" and "The Ballad of Jayne." Nearly 25 years later, the boys are still tearing it up across the world for diehard fans.


  • Dokken
    Dokken, one of the most dominant forces in the 80s, will storm the Bud Light Main Stage with barbed-wire riffs, razor-sharp melodies and Don Dokken's formidable lead vocals. In 2008, Dokken released its tenth studio album titled Lightning Strikes Again. The band recently returned to its signature sound of full-force guitars, soaring vocal harmonies and thunderous drums -- the classic Dokken formula that will have fans rejoicing.


  • Trixter
    All four original Trixter members - Peter Loran, Steve Brown, P.J. Farley and Mark Scott - are reunited and ready to rock! In 1990, the video for "Give It To Me Good" sat in the number one spot for five weeks. Soon after, the "One in a Million" video soared to the top of the MTV charts. After three million albums sold, performances on MTV's Spring Break and tours with Warrant, KISS and Firehouse, the Paramus, New Jersey, band has racked up fans all over the world.


  • Danger Danger
    For Danger Danger, good things seem to come in twos. In 1989, the band released its self-titled debut record and smashed out two hit singles - "Naughty Naughty" and "Bang Bang." That first album eventually became known as one of the "50 Greatest Guitar Albums of the 80s." After an 11-year absence, original vocalist Ted Poley re-united with his bandmates and hit the road again to perform Danger Danger's unforgettable metal glam hits.

MONDAY, MAY 31

CLEVELAND20/20 MUSIC FESTIVAL Presented by 96.5 KISS-FM featuring Rusted Root at 6:00pm with special guest moe. at 3:30pm
During the Rib Cook Off on Memorial Day Monday, May 31 the Cleveland20/20 Music Festival invites high school and college students to explore employment, internship and scholarship prospects amid a day of live music. The hybrid concert/career fair is being organized by five Beachwood High School students to build awareness about Northeast Ohio's assets and retain youth in Cleveland. Young concert-goers can stroll along "Opportunity Row" and network with dynamic corporate and civic leaders in between musical performances by renowned national acts Rusted Root with special guest moe. and afternoon appearances by some of Northeast Ohio's best high school rock bands including Saints & Poets at 12:30pm, Trancemitter at 1:10pm, Oh! The Humanity! at 1:50pm and the 14th annual Tri-C High School Rock-Off winner Maddie Finn at 2:30pm. Plus, hot new TOP 40 artist Tino Coury premieres his first single "Diary" at 3:00pm.

Formed in Pittsburgh by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root's worldly style and incendiary live shows quickly charmed fans. Known for their fusion of Grateful Dead-style bluegrass rock and strong percussion sounds, Rusted Root debuted Cruel Sun in 1992. The band then released the platinum-selling breakthrough album When I Woke featuring the hit songs "Send Me on My Way," "Ecstasy" and "Martyr." Soon after, the hard-touring band hit the road with Santana, The Grateful Dead and The Dave Matthews Band. Stereo Rodeo, Rusted Root's new 11-song collection, dropped in 2009. The invigorating and energetic album blends the diverse influences and musical styles of each of the band's seven members. Original members Michael Glabicki (lead vocals/guitar), Liz Berlin (vocal/percussion) and Patrick Norman (vocals/bass/percussion) teamed up with Jason Miller (drums/percussion), Colter Harper (guitar), Preach Freedom (percussion) and Dirk Miller (guitar) to bring the music of Rusted Root to a legion of new fans.

In a remarkable career that's touched upon three decades and produced 17 albums, moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music circuit today. Together, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey (guitars/vocals), Rob Derhak (bass/vocals), Jim Loughlin (percussion/vibes) and Vinnie Amico (drums) continues to push the standard for performance art. From their humble beginnings as a local bar band in Buffalo in the late 80s to headlining Radio City Music Hall, the band's journey has been one of hard work. The legendary jam band released Sticks and Stone in January 2008 just one year after the critically acclaimed album The Conch. Their music is clever; their performances are mesmerizing; and there is a reason that Rolling Stone magazine placed moe. guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier among the top 20 new "guitar gods." Don't miss the energy and showmanship moe. delivers with every live gig.

Twenty-one year old Tino Coury is Pittsburgh-bred, based out of L.A., and comes into the music world with a canny combination of exhilarating pop, slamming beats and lyrical drama. Don't miss a special showcase from the TOP 40 rising star on Memorial Day Monday at 3:00pm! The singer/songwriter will perform "Diary" the first single from his debut album dropping later this year.

Maddie Finn, a singer-songwriter outfit with students from Streetsboro and Cloverleaf, emerged victorious at this year's Tri-C High School Rock Off contest. After the fall of her previous band, 16-year-old Maddie Finn returns with a band of the same name featuring bassist Justin Packwood, guitarist Brian Poston and drummer Kyle Tresch. Maddie Finn is the first female fronted band to win the annual battle of the high school bands.

Saints & Poets were the People's Choice winner at this year's Tri-C High School Rock Off. Saints & Poets have been playing together as a creative unit and musical coalition for five years and consists of high school students from Aurora and Twinsburg. With three albums under their belt and a fourth in the works, don't miss these crowd-pleasing rockers perform at the Rib Cook Off.


 

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