July 15, 2013 • 09:03:06 a.m.

Soul Asylum, tribute acts and ribs take stage at Rockin’ Ribfest (schedule)

By JAMI KUNZER - jkunzer@shawmedia.com

Soul Asylum (Photo provided)

Rockin' Ribfest

WHEN: 4:30 to 11 p.m. July 11-12; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 13; 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14

WHERE: Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills

INFO: $5 for 13 and older (12 and younger admitted free, must be accompanied by adult); active military with ID admitted free. Information: lithribfest.com, 847-742-3378 or email root@lithribfest.com

It's shaping up to be an ideal weekend for some ribs with music on the side, say organizers of the Rockin’ Ribfest. 

The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club’s festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday at Sunset Park in Lake in the Hills, features some of the best barbecuers from throughout the country. And unlike last year when a heat wave limited attendance, the weather is expected to work in the festival’s favor.

“It actually is looking fantastic,” said Jim Whales, chair of the festival. 

A new Community Rib Cook-off has been added this year to give area residents the chance to show off their barbecue skills alongside the pros. The competition, featuring 10 cookers, takes place Sunday.

The professional ribbers, members of the National Barbecue Cookers Association, will promote their creations throughout the festival, drawing in barbecue lovers who anticipate the event annually.

Organizers also have worked in recent years to bring in some of the best bands, hiring an outside contractor to assess demographics and draw in the big acts.

“We have increased the budget in terms of entertainment because we think that is one of the main draws for the event,” Whales said. “None of us are experts in entertainment.”

Each year, organizers have sought out at least one national act. 

This year, it’s Soul Asylum, the alternative rock band with the Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train.” The band is set to release the digital EP “no fun intended” July 16 as the first in a series of four. 

Its 10th and most recent album, “Delayed Reaction,” featuring the hit “Gravity,” was released in 2012. The 1992 “Grave Dancers Union” album went triple platinum.

With advisers saying the festival’s core audience entails those in their mid-30s to early 50s, organizers went with several tribute bands, as well. This year’s festival features tributes to Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles and The Rolling Stones. 

“That’s the music they’re looking to be entertained with,” Whales said of the expected audience.

Along with the music and vendors, the festival features a car show and numerous other entertainment options. 

The event raises money for the Rotary Club, a service organization made up of business and professional leaders who donate money and time to local community organizations. 

“It helps the rotary fund all the community projects we participate in and foster throughout the year,” Whales said. “This is a chance for not only the local community, but the regional community as well, to come out and have a good time, while supporting a community organization.”

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THE SCHEDULE

July 11

4:30 p.m. – Gates open

5 p.m. – Food/beverage service begins

6:45 to 8:15 p.m. – Chicago Tribute Anthology

9 to 10:30 p.m. – Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Concert

10:30 p.m. – Food/beverage service ends

11 p.m. – Grounds close

July 12

4:30 p.m. – Gates open

5 p.m. – Food/beverage service begins

6:45 to 8:15 p.m. – CoverGürl

9 to 10:30 p.m. – Bruce In The USA: The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

10:30 p.m. – Food/beverage service ends

11 p.m. – Grounds close

July 13

11:30 a.m. – Gates open

Noon – Food/beverage service begins

Noon to 3 p.m. – Car show

1 to 3 p.m. – Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones

3:45 to 5:45 p.m. – The Fortunate Sons: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute

6:30 to 8 p.m. – Heartache Tonight: The Midwest’s Premier Salute To The Eagles

9 to 10:30 p.m. – Soul Asylum

10:30 p.m. – Food/beverage service ends

11 p.m. – Grounds close

July 14

11:30 a.m. – Gates open

Noon – Food/beverage service begins

Noon 1:15 p.m. – Dave Rudolf’s Beach Party

2 to 3:30 p.m. – Hot Rocks: The Rolling Stones Show

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. –  7th Heaven

6:30 p.m. – Food/beverage service ends

7 p.m. – Grounds close


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