Gig of the Week: Porky’s Rib Fest
By Jessi Virtusio Gig of the Weekfirstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @JessiVirtusio June 19, 2013 4:36PM
Foghat will headline the music lineup at the inaugural Porky's Rib Fest at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.
PORKY’S RIB FEST
♦ 4-11 p.m. June 27-28, 1-11 p.m. June 29 and noon-11 p.m. June 30
♦ Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview
♦ Tickets, $30 for a four-day pass, $10 for a daily pass, $5 per day (or $15 for the four-day pass) for ages 6-12 and free to ages younger than 6
♦ A Foghat VIP pass including front-of-stage seating is available for $25
♦ (708) 378-0102, porkysribfest.com
Updated: July 22, 2013 4:57PM
Summer is a glorious time for a live music fan.
With plenty of outdoor concerts, the Southland is buzzing with offerings that bring back memories and can create new ones.
Case in point is the inaugural Porky’s Rib Fest, which will take place from June 27-30 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.
The live music will be headlined on June 29 by Foghat, the British rock band known for hits like 1975’s “Slow Ride” and 1979’s “Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)”
“We are very excited to have Foghat performing at Porky’s Rib Fest,” said Nikki Mrkacek, vice president of marketing for Mega Events Inc., which put together the festival and also will present SouthSide Polish Fest in August.
“The response has been tremendous for Foghat and many of the other great bands.”
Jared Blake, who was a contestant on the debut season of NBC-TV (Channel 5)’s “The Voice,” is also booked to perform June 27 at Porky’s Rib Fest.
“Jared Blake is a great artist,” Mrkacek said. “We were very fortunate that he was traveling through Illinois and we were able to book him.”
Others slated to take the Porky’s Rib Fest stage include:
♦ Hairbangers Ball, a cover band that excels at playing 1980s favorites, on June 28.
♦ Kings of the Nighttime World, which lives up to its tagline of being the Midwest’s hottest Kiss tribute band, on June 27.
♦ Kashmir, which is billed as Chicago’s premier Led Zeppelin tribute, on June 29.
♦ South of Disorder, which promises to provide a Jimmy Buffett tiki bar and island party experience, on June 29.
“(These are) all great bands,” Mrkacek said.
“Being able to listen to their music in an outdoor environment brings you back to your teenage years. What better feeling!
“And it is music that even the younger audiences recognize and can appreciate.”
But, of course, Porky’s Rib Fest isn’t only about the tunes. There also will be a carnival, fireworks and, of course, plenty of ribs and other eats.
Mrkacek said approximately 15 restaurants are involved with Porky’s Rib Fest. Menu selections will include barbecue, pizza, hot dogs and carnival snacks.
She added that there are about 30 vendors planning to participate in Porky’s Rib Fest.
♦ Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ Co. from Pittsburgh.
♦ Big Boned BBQ Co. from Charleston, S.C.
♦ Chicago BBQ Co. from Berwyn.
♦ Texas Thunder BBQ.
♦ Uncle Bub’s BBQ and Catering from Westmont.
“The rib vendors that we do have are very professional and they travel the country doing many festivals throughout the season,” Mrkacek said.
“We like that these vendors really know what they are doing.
“It is going to make for a smooth-running experience for attendees who will get to taste some great food they might otherwise never be given the chance to try.”
According to Mrkacek, Porky’s Rib Fest differentiates itself from other food festivals because of location and the convenience of parking.
“There is something for everyone at Porky’s Rib Fest,” she said.
“You should go to the fest to get out and celebrate summer, to make new friends and be inspired by the music, to laugh and feel like a kid on the carnival rides, and to pig out on some barbecue without having to slave over a hot grill.”
Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and more on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment.