Rib & Wing Festival
This saucy festival is the ultimate backyard barbecue! Dig into mouth-watering ribs and wings cooked up fresh by award-winning ribbers from all over the country, rock out to live musical entertainment,cool off at the beer garden, play some games in the Kids’ Zone, and more!
Rib & Wing Festival Hours
- Friday, July 29 | 4 – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, July 30 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday, July 31 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday or Sunday Tickets
- General Admission per person / per day
Rib & Wing Festival Information
- Advance Ticket Purchase is required.
- Tickets are required for all guests (Ages 5 and under are free with paying adult) attending Rib & Wing Festival.
- A valid ticket is required each day of the festival .
- Price does not include applicable taxes and fees.
- Food and beverages are not included with admission.
Rules & Restrictions
- The Festival will be held rain or shine.
- Refunds will not be given for any reason without the purchase of ticket insurance at time of purchase, minus ticketing fees. This includes reasons related to COVID-19.
- Coolers, outside food, beverages (including water), backpacks, duffel bags and weapons are not permitted.
- Pets are not permitted on festival grounds.
- Seven Springs encourages all festival attendees to please drink responsibly. Individuals age 21 and over who wish to consume alcoholic beverages at the event must present a valid state issued ID at the entrance gates.
Rib & Wing Festival Vendors
- Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ
- Carolina Rib King
- After Hours BBQ
- Crews BBQ
Rib & Wing Festival Vendors are subject to change
Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ
Basting mop clenched in one fist, steering wheel in the other, rolling cooking pit rattling behind, Butch Lupinetti is back on the road. His destination could be Chicago, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids or anyplace in between. But the outcome will never change. Butch will pour sweat for 20 hours a day, standing in a cloud of wood smoke, exquisitely charring tons of pork ribs, beef briskets and chickens. When it’s over he’ll be loaded and rolling again; very likely with a huge trophy and a check.
Nationally Butch has been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s great barbecue chefs. Butch has been actively competing in competitions since 1992. He has won over 400 awards, including a Grand Champion win for the State of New Jersey – a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ and The Best In The West Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, the super bowl of barbecue competition events, just to name a few. During those events, his sauce has won 1st place in contests such as the Great America Rib Cook-Off contest held in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ won Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People's Choice awards at the Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival.
Since our origination, we have been traveling around the country competing and winning at many of the major rib festivals. Although our specialty is our St. Louis style ribs, we are also famous for our pulled pork sandwiches. We offer three award winning sauces including “Hickory Lickin’,” “Smokin’” and our too hot for most, “Freakin’ Hot.” So, if you have never tried our BBQ, give us a taste and get your MOJO’S WORKIN!
Carolina Rib King
When it comes to cooking ribs and creating special sauces, Carolina Rib King is in a league of its own.
A native of Georgetown, South Carolina, Solomon Williams, doing business as “the Carolina Rib King” is recognized as one of the leading pit masters and rib specialists in North America. Competing in annual regional and national BBQ festivals throughout his 25-year career, he finished as a winner in the nationally televised “Barbeque Pit Master” series produced by the Destination American Network.
Solomon, knows as “King Solomon”, combines his love for people, his honor of heritage, and his passion for his craft to create a culinary masterpiece of both taste and experience. He clings to his Gullah heritage from the low country of South Carolina by combining low country tastes with succulent meat. Most of Solomon’s cooking knowledge came from his grandfather and his father but he created his own authenticity by adding his touches of herbs and spices.
After cooking for years, in 1996, King Solomon decided to turn his hobby into a career. He formed a cooking team of family and friends and quickly became known as “The Carolina Rib King”. In 1996, his team competed in their first cook off in Tryon, NC where they placed sixth in the whole hog competition. Later in 1998, they won their 1st championship. Since 1998, The Carolina Rib King cooking team has been sweeping the country and racking up on the awards. Today they compete in over 15 shows a year from West Palm Beach, Florida to Toronto, Ontario while stopping along the way in Charleston WV, Bismouth, SD, Cleveland, OH, Erie, PA, St Germain, WI and Sevierville, TN and more. Now they not only win in the whole hog competition, but have won in every category including Greatest Ribs, Greatest Sauce, Pulled Pork, Brisket,Chicken, People’s Choice and Grand Champion.
After Hours BBQ
Once upon a hot summer day in 2013, two local guys Alan Schroer and Josh Crall, experimented with cooking during the after hours of their day jobs and took on the challenge of barbecuing after much encouragement from family and friends. With courageous enthusiasm they put their barbecuing skills to the test at Orrville's 2013 rib fest. After winning both Judge's and People's Choice their journey was only beginning. They decided that in 2014 they wanted to try their hands at more rib festivals, and some outside their local area. So far they feel as though they have been a success and it is all due to the wonderful support of the people who continue to come out and eat their home cooked food. They are thankful for all the support, beginning with their wives at home to the people who come back asking for more.
Rib & Wing Vendors are subject to change
Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment Schedule
House Music | 4-5 p.m. | West/East Stage
John Cardo | 5-6:30 p.m. | West Stage
John Cardo is a singer/songwriter from White Oak, Pa. who has been playing guitar since age 7 years old and started singing since at 15. John's established himself as an extraordinary talent who was born to entertain and has been associated with The Clarks since the age of 13 and even shared the stage with them! John has been playing out at different establishments and venues with his playing partner and mentor Michael Todd for the last few years. John and Michael have become a great acoustic duo entertaining crowds with their own style of acoustic genius.
House Music | 6:30-7p.m. | West/East Stage
Random Play | 7-8:30 p.m. | East Stage
Random Play is a six piece Pittsburgh based cover band. As the name implies, Random Play has a set list that consists of the best of all genres. All of the members of Random Play have a belief that good music is universal and does not come in one style or genre. Random Play is known to play popular and fun songs from the 60s through today's current music within pop, rock, classic rock, r&b, reggae, disco, hip hop, jazz, and blues. When the occasion calls for a full dance floor, Random Play energizes. When the occasion calls for chill and relaxed, Random Play soothes. When the occasion calls for Random Play, it’s experiencing the diversity.
NOMaD | 8:30-10 p.m. | West Stage
North Of Mason Dixon, aka NOMaD, broke on to the country scene in 2005 after placing as runner up in the highly publicized, Colgate Country Showdown; Since then, this high energy act brings there rock roots to the stage all over the country.
NOMaD is an innovative band combining infectious lyrics and melodies with the energy, passion, and ambition that promise to carry them far beyond the Mason-Dixon line and solidify them a spot in the music industry of the future.
Selected to perform at the CMA Music Festival in recent years, NOMaD as opened for or supported over 100 national artists including Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, George Jones, Joe Nichols, Neal McCoy, Van Zant, Gary Allan, Jimmy Wayne, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Rissi Palmer, David Allen Coe, The Lost Trailers, Lee Ann Womack, and many more.
House Music | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | West/East Stage
Elias Khouri | 12:30 - 2 p.m. | West Stage
Elias Khouri is a Pittsburgh born and raised guitarist, who is making strides at becoming a popular figure in the Pittsburgh music scene.
Elias started playing guitar when he was 13 years old, playing mostly air guitar to his dad’s record collection. His dad’s collection is comprised of nearly every genre. But Elias’ was into guitar, as the instrument that took front stage and that’s where Rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Santana, Aerosmith, and The Eagles became his main focus. After acting out the part, he now wanted to be a Rock Star. One summer day his dad heard him playing air guitar to Eddie Van Halen’s lead guitar and his dad made him a bet that he could never play it, the bet was $100. Elias practiced for 6 weeks straight day and night, playing the tune and imitating it, until he finally got it. He called his dad in the room and played it for him, earning his first $100. As time went by, he focused mainly on the music of the 70’s, the energy, the depth and the soul of that music gave Elias the drive to become more and more like his rock and roll idols. By 14 years old, Elias was already getting the attention of folk and rock and roll local musicians, by attending and performing at the area’s open mic sessions. But it wasn’t very easy at first, here comes this kid with a afro and a guitar, ha ha ha...yeah, he was the new kid in town and he did not look like everyone else and he could tell that they did not take him seriously. Until, he got up on stage and he started playing and all you heard were screams and cheers and loud ongoing applause. They heard the sound of his guitar and they watched the energy and intensity of each note as he played and immediately this doubt was replaced with instant respect. By 15 years old, Elias started exploring other styles of music, exploring Soul and R&B groups from the late 60s and early 70s, but still staying true to his original style, Rock & Roll, as he started playing steady gigs and shows at local venues.
As more and more people began to accept this new kid, it gave him the confidence to go out there and become what he always dreamed he could be, and by doing this he realized something important, he is making a difference. This difference may be small to some, but the small ones are important, especially when younger kids come up to him and say, how do you do that, I want to play just like you, this is the change that he brings, this is the hope that he brings, this is the joy that he brings. At the High School that Elias attends he tries to be as much an inspiration to other aspiring musicians as he can. He helps others realize that they too can do it, just put in the time and the effort and the reward is there. Also keeping grounded is important to him. It’s not about making yourself seem pretentious, everyone wants to be a star, but it comes down to your attitude and how you are perceived and how down to earth you can remain through it all. On social media, Elias has had friends comment that he is the best guitarist they know, and his reply is thanks, I am the best guitarist on my block, lol. His philosophy is that, he not trying to be the best, he does it because he loves to play and if playing can bring him happiness, then that is all he needs. As far as changing perceptions as an African American Rock & Roll artist, his views are that he cannot change the world, he can only be a part of it and be that change.
House Music | 2-3:30 p.m. | West/East Stage
Blues Attack | 3:30-5 p.m. | East Stage
Band Bio Coming Soon!
Felix and the Hurricanes | 5 - 6:30 p.m. | East Stage
For the last 30 years Felix and his Hurricanes have used spontaneity and the fine art of showing audiences a good time. Never using setlists and going by the vibe from the crowd and sometimes playing 3 hours without a break. Firing off songs one after another from covers to originals, from Blues rock, Southern, classic and country.
Good Karma Band | 6:30-8 p.m. | East Stage
KARMA - a characteristic emanation, aura, or spirit that infuses or vitalizes someone or something.
Good Karma is what you want and it's what we bring. Six Pittsburgh musicians whose mission is to create smiles and cause people to move. We play hits from the 60's through today and bring a unique energy to the music you know and love.
Natalie Rogers - her powerful voice rocks right through you and then calms you with a lilting melody. This lady is the real deal and is the dynamic lead singer of Good Karma. She is a fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist specializing in voice, keyboards, bass and drums and we're honored to back her up.
Mark O'Block - The Kid from Plum Boro. His mastery of the guitar fretboard is a huge driver of our sound. Founded the Hoozurdaddi Band where he played with Jeff and joined us 4 years ago. Now he rocks Good Karma with his wicked good guitar leads.
Ed Traversari - His steady hand on the drums keeps us grounded and his encyclopedic knowledge of music helps guide us through our song choices. If you went to a concert in Pittsburgh, Ed was probably an integral part of it. He currently shares his 46 years of live entertainment experiences with his students as Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment at Point Park University.
Dan Wilt - Dan 'Big Pappy' - A veteran of numerous area bands whose voice and talented bass lines give us a foundation that we can't do without. Dan is the backbone of our sound and does a lot of the support work necessary to our success . Dan and Marty have been together for 11 years in Dimestore Halo and Good Karma. He has also played with Flight Risk, I-80, Suitcase Chimps, Rock-It, Sweet Daddy and others.
Jeff Comella - No band is complete without a good keyboard artist and this guy does it for us. He is a band veteran and is the best creative mind among us. His photography is as beautiful as his piano lines. He brings our social media to life.
Marty Boone - his guitar and growling vocals provide heart and soul to GK. He grew up in Canonsburg with the Beatles, Stones and Dave Clark V as well as 60's soul as his soundtrack. He started out with The Soul Project and TaxiCrab and then more recently Notorious, Dimestore Halo and Good Karma. Marty vows to bring energy to the stage every time we step onto it.
Chris Higbee | 8-10 p.m. | West Stage
Born and raised on the family farm in Southwestern, Pa., Chris has always loved music, and the feeling is mutual. Chris took up the fiddle at the very young age of 7 and has since shared the stage as an expert with country music legends like the Fiddle King Himself, Charlie Daniels, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Justin Moore, Blake Shelton and Chris Jansen, just to name a few.
Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree, Chris took to the stage and the road professionally. In 2013 he released his debut self-titled album, featuring the song “Fiddles Rock”. His ethics, second to none, would produce three more full length albums and an ep, all within 6 short years.
His sophomore album, “Ready or Not” was released in 2015, followed shortly by his third full length project, “Super Hero”. Although Chris has written and etched songs about his family in the past, Super Hero would feature his son Alexander on the fiddle as well as vocals, on the title track, they penned together.
The Chris Higbee Band, made up of life long friends as well as some of Nashville’s most talented session players, are sure to put on a show you will not soon forget.
The touring regional act can be seen & heard as far south as Nashville, TN., as far north as Erie, PA., Cleveland, OH., and all points in between.
As busy as Chris is following his dream and promoting his exploding career, he is an involved father of three and devoted husband. Son Alexander and Daughter Lucy Belle are not only fans, you’ll find them stealing the show from their hero and dad, any chance they get. Chris’s wife Melissa, member of the band and very talented vocalist, can be found on stage right next to Chris, all the while holding an impressive rank of Command Sergeant Major in the US Army.
House Music | 11 a.m. - 1230 p.m. | West / East Stage
The Hobbs Sisters | 12:30-2 p.m. | West Stage
The Hobbs Sisters bring a killer combination of big voices, twin sister harmonies and high energy performance to the stage. Whether headlining shows in the Pittsburgh tri-state area or opening for national acts such as Brett Eldredge, The Swon Brothers and more, they are making a name for themselves as both singers and entertainers. From their harmony-driven original songs to their unique interpretations of popular country covers, The Hobbs Sisters have created a sound that is all their own.
Shot of Soul | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Stage
Formed in 2007 and rocking the very best stages in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for 15 years, Shot O’ Soul entertain music audiences with a superb classic rock, soul, and Motown repertoire that is unrivaled by any local band around. You’ll hear great music of all kinds from every generation at a Shot O’ Soul show performed by a top notch band of experienced musicians and singers who have a combined decades of experience on the Pittsburgh area music scene.
Shot O’ Soul features 2 co-lead vocalists, Jim “Cisco” Franciscus and Jeanie Loutsenhizer Franciscus who are a dynamic and entertaining vocal powerhouse. Jeanie is also well known as one of Pittsburgh’s Women of the Blues. Bassist Harry Levicky and Guitarist Stan Esposito are well recognized veterans of some of the area’s top live music acts. Bassist John “JC” Collins and Drummer Joe Tomak hold down the Shot O’ Soul sound and form the tight and solid rhythm section that make them masters of the groove.
No matter the audience or the occasion, Shot O’ Soul can deliver the music that will make it a great time that is remembered by all. We’re one of the most well rehearsed and hardest working bands in the Tri-State area and bring true professionalism to the stage each and every time out. Shot O’ Soul have performed on stages all over the area and at some of the region’s biggest and best festivals and events including performances for noted concert promoter Rich Engler, at events for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pittsburgh Penguins, multiple appearances at the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival, and at some of the best live music venues in the region.
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers | 3:30-5 p.m. | West Stage
From the Iron City Houserockers of 1979 to the current incarnation of The Houserockers, this band has always been one of America's hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once echoed the words "they are up there with Springsteen, Petty and Seger". Pretty good company, don't you think?! From Love's So Tough to A Good Life, the band has changed but the music remains true to their Pittsburgh, Steeltown roots! Hard edged, rock and roll with fine lyrics from the ringmaster, Mr. Joe Grushecky. More than just a "bar band", a Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers show is one of the best shows you will see, hands down! And here are the guys that are currently making it happen.
Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment is subject to change