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Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Festival, May 12-14, 2011

Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 12-14, 2011 at Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Hundreds of teams compete for over $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where the finest swine tests their vocal skills, and grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.

2011 WCBCC Schedule

Thursday, May 12, 2011

5:30 pm

 

Opening Ceremonies

6:00 pm

 

Ms. Piggie Idol Contest

8:00 pm

 

Awards

(Piggy Idol, Best Booth, Best T-Shirt)

8:30 pm

 

Pam and Terry

    WOW! Yes . . . Pam and Terry WOW their audiences every time they perform their unique brand of high energy rock, country, pop – you name it—kind of music fueled largely by audience requests.Regular Beale Street entertainers appearing frequently at Memphis hottest clubs such as Rum Boogie and King’s Palace, Pam and Terry also have stretched their talents to entertainment havens such as Las Vegas, Houston, Nashville, Atlanta and even Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Featuring alternately and together the gutsy, bluesy vocals of Pam and the soulful voice of Terry, the duo also showcase the remarkable guitar stylist of Terry and the wailing sounds of Pam’s harmonica plus the driving rhythms of the bongos.


Friday, May 13, 2011

12:30 pm

 

Ancillary Judging

5:00 pm

 

Cold Hard Cash Show

6:30 pm

 

Awards

(Cole Slaw, Anything But Baked Beans, Hot Wings, Sauce)

7:30 pm

 

Tonic

    Six Top 10 singles. Over 4 million records sold. Grammy nominations, platinum albums, numerous awards and hit songs around the world, plus the #1 most-played rock song of 1998. Tonic is a musical powerhouse, merging the raw honesty of rock to unabashed melody…and ushering rock n roll into a new millennium.  Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Not Tonic. The band is back in the studio after a two-year break, working on a follow up to their last album, Grammy-nominated Head On Straight.  “When we play music together it feels like going home,” explains singer and guitarist Emerson Hart. “Getting together, playing some rock-n-roll: it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Saturday, May 14, 2011

11:00 am

 

WCBCC Judging

5:00 pm

 

Judging Activities

6:30 pm

 

WCBCC Awards

8:00 pm

 

Clarence Carter

   

Singer Clarence Carter exemplified the gritty, earthy sound of Muscle Shoals R&B, fusing the devastating poignancy of the blues with a wicked, lascivious wit to create deeply soulful music rooted in the American South of the past and the present. Born January 14, 1936, in Montgomery, AL, Carter was blind from birth. He immediately gravitated to music, teaching himself guitar by listening to the blues classics of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. He majored in music at Alabama State University, learning to transcribe charts and arrangements in Braille. With blind classmate Calvin Scott, Carter in 1960 formed the duo Clarence & Calvin, signing to the Fairlane label to release "I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How" the following year. After the 1962 release of "I Don't Know (School Girl)," Clarence & Calvin left Fairlane for the Duke imprint, renaming themselves the C & C Boys for their label debut, "Hey Marvin."

In all, the duo cut four Duke singles, none of them generating more than a shrug at radio -- finally, in 1965 they traveled to Rick Hall's Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, paying $85 to record the wrenching ballad "Step by Step" and its flip side, "Rooster Knees and Rice." Atlanta radio personality Zenas Sears recommended Clarence & Calvin to Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler, and the label issued "Step by Step" on its Atco subsidiary -- the record failed to chart, and the duo was once again looking for a label. Backed by a four-piece combo dubbed the Mello Men, Clarence & Calvin spent the first half of 1966 headlining Birmingham's 2728 Club. 

 

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