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, browse handmade crafts and more!
PLUS: At Seven Springs, you can amp up the fun with heart-racing zipline adventures, a guaranteed blast at sporting clays, breathtaking views at our mountain-top golf course, delicious dining, relaxing spa treatments and so much more!
Rib & Wing Festival Hours
- Friday, August 2, 2019 | 4 – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday or Sunday Tickets
- General Admission per person
- Ages 11 & Under with adult
Tickets are available at the main ticket gates located near the hotel and lower level of the ski lodge the day of the event. Price does not include applicable taxes. Food and beverages are not included with admission. Children ages 11 and under are free with a paying adult.
Rib & Wing Festival Vendors
- Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company
- Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ
- Pigfoot BBQ
- Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue
Rib & Wing Vendors are subject to change
Armadillo's BBQ and Rib Company
Over 160 culinary awards, including Best Ribs & Sauce in America, reaffirm Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company’s dedication to bring you the very best. Our mobile equipment is state of the art yielding perfect barbecue every time. Weather it is a Big Texas style barbecue, a quaint little steak dinner, or everything in between; "It's Available."
Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company is the 2006/2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Champion for the Most Outstanding Ribs and BBQ Sauce. Along with our 160 Awards we were crowned Grand Champion of the Columbus Ribs and Jazz Festival 2006 and Grand Champion BBQ Sauce in the Great West Virginia Rib Cook Off "Huntington 2004, 2005 & 2006" "Best Ribs 2004 and 2005" plus many more!
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.
Pigfoot BBQ Co. is owned by Jerry and Debbie Gibson. They started competing in Rib Cook-Offs in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio at the National Rib Cook-Off, which was the first Rib Cook-Off as we know them now. Jerry and Debbie began competing professionally in 1989 and have traveled the country from Florida to Toronto, as far west as St. Louis and as far east as Boston.
Along the way they have won over 250 Awards for Best Ribs and Sauce. Including seven time winner of the People’s Choice Award in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Best Ribs and Sauce National Ribfest, Naperville, Illinois; Peoples Choice Greatest Ribs in America, Cleveland, Ohio; Best Sauce and Ribs Twin Cities Ribfest; Best Ribs in Ohio six years straight and many more awards.
Smokin Joe's Hog Wild Barbecue
Joe is a "barbequer" by choice. He loves the art of barbeque.
Joe retired from the State of Ohio in April 2003 with 30 years of service in the Food Service Department at the Richland Correctional Institution and started his business in June of the same year. Operating a barbeque business has always been what Joe wanted to do in retirement, and now he is "Living the Dream!" Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue has participated in rib cook-offs in seven states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. Our proudest award was Best Sauce in 2008 at the Naperville, IL Ribfest, notably the largest cook-off in the Midwest. We have won over 100 awards during the past eight years including: Best Ribs, Best Sauce, Best Brisket, and Best Beans in the Midwest.
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!
Rib & Wing Vendors are subject to change
Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment Schedule
Told Ya So! | 4-6 p.m. | East Stage
Told Ya So! is Pittsburgh’s newest party band! Performing dance and pop favorites ranging from the classics of the 60s to the steamy numbers heating up today’s music scene, you won’t want to give up your spot on the dance floor! The driving force of the Pittsburgh-based band is Jay Constable, a stand-up drummer that lays down the beat and delivers the vocals for much of the dance, rap and pop tunes. He’s a true “Legend of Pittsburgh” and recently performed as such on the “Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise to the Bahamas” with other of the city’s celebrities. Cathleen Ireland, co-founder of the band, provides the female vocals with smooth highs and raspy lows and an engaging smile. Terek Richie gets his groove on with funky bass lines and tenor vocals and Pittsburgh guitar veteran, Jim Held, brings the rock and blues influence. Duquesne music grad, Matt Ferrante (Modern Times), brings experience and expertise to the band, and he tops it all off with his appealing sax solos and spot-on background vocals and natural charisma. If you’re looking for live music plus fun and adventure and a whole lot of dancing, you won’t be disappointed by Told Ya So!
Airborne | 6-8 p.m. | West Stage
Jeff Jimerson and Airborne are a talented group of musicians who have been a staple in the Pittsburgh area for a long time, play Top 40 and rock tunes ranging from the 70's through the 90's. Their front man, Jeff Jimerson, is regarded as one of Pittsburgh's finest vocalists. He is often heard singing the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates, and has appeared on many local compilation CDs. Jeff is a frequent guest at seasonal fundraising events such as WTAE-TV's Bundle-Up Project and KDKA-TV's Children's Hospital Gala, along with performing at charity events for radio stations 3WS and WDVE. His voice can be heard on many radio and television commercials; and in 1997 he appeared in the movie "Sudden Death" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Joe Grushecky | 8-10 p.m. | East 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.
Johnny Cardo & Michael Todd | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | East Stage
Johnny Cardo is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from White Oak, Pa. who has been playing guitar since age 7 years old and started singing since at 15. Johnny'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! Johnny has been playing out at different establishments and venues with his playing partner and mentor Michael Todd for the last few years. Johnny and Michael have become a great acoustic duo entertaining crowds with their own style of acoustic genius.
Michael Todd is a Pittsburgh based singer/songwriter who has been entertaining locally for more than 25 years. He has toured with national acts while maintaining a local fan base. His ability to cover a wide variety of artists and his catchy originals have gained critical acclaim Michael was voted Pittsburgh's top Acoustic Entertainer by local entertainment magazines and favorably reviewed nationally in Billboard Magazine for his single, Not All Angels Have Wings. When performing, his ability to captivate a room and deliver an intimate experience are undeniable.
Felix and the Hurricanes | 12:30-2 p.m. | West 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.
Jill West & The Blues Attack | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Stage
Jill West and Blues Attack, a Pittsburgh based blues band play their own style of hard edged blues with a guitar blast, in the tradition of the Vaughn brothers, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters. Lead by the dynamic vocals of Miss Jill West, Blues Attack has been igniting audiences all over the tri-state area as well as opening for many national acts. With the lightning lead guitar of Gregg Krupa, the incredibly creative keyboard playing of Sudden Steve Binsberger , and the thundering rhythm section of Nick Crano on drums and Hank Raffetto on bass, Blues Attack is a band to be reckoned with!
Brighton Boys | 3:30-5 p.m. | West Stage
The Brighton Boys are a four-piece alt rock band from New Brighton, Pennsylvania, they gained initial success by their renditions of hit songs from classic eras, along with their original rock driven music with elements of soul and R&B. Members; Alex Bobin , Nate Catanzarite, Carl Leitem and Tyler Marinkovic have been entertaining audiences together for just over 5 years. They’ve received praise from multiple national media outlets as well as radio support . They made their television debut on the Pirates vs Brewers game in 2017 with the music video to their freshman EP single “Friday Night”. Altering the verse and chorus and bit to support the Pittsburgh Pirates.
NOMaD | 5-6:30 p.m. | East 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.
Shot of Soul | 6:30-8 p.m. | West Stage
Formed in Feb 2008, Shot O' Soul has evolved into one of the top blues bands in the Pittsburgh area. Shot O' Soul has headlined some of the best stages in the area including Moondogs, Cefalo's, The Baltimore House, Baja Bar at Fox Chapel Yacht Club, Sharpsburg Guyasuta Days, Millvale Days, Etna Community Park, and various private clubs and charity events. Shot O' Soul placed 3rd in the 2009 Pittsburgh City Paper Best of the Burgh readers poll in the category of Best Blues Band. A real achievement after so little time on the local scene and a testimony to the enjoyment that Shot O' Soul brings to it's audiences! Now featuring it's most talented lineup since it's formation, Shot O' Soul are ready to make their mark on the local Pittsburgh live music scene. This band, fronted by it's 2 outstanding male and female vocalists and an excellent song selection of original songs and classic favorites, is giving Pittsburgh music fans the best 1-2 vocal punch in the area! Come on out and see for yourself why "everything in life needs a Shot O' Soul".
Chris Higbee | 8-10 p.m. | East Stage
Chris Higbee has a passion for country music. He is a complete musical artist skilled in fiddle playing, singing, song writing, and playing various other instruments. Chris' passion is deeply felt by anyone listening to his work or partaking in a live performance. Chris' performance energy is so infectious it has been known to convert the most stubborn non-country music fan into HigBillies, the self-named fan base of Chris Higbee. His performances always draw a large and committed crowd.
Rob Bayne | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | East Stage
As a veteran of the Pittsburgh music scene, Rob’s journey has taken him from The Decade to CBGB’s sharing the stage with some his musical heroes including Graham Parker, Dweezil Zappa, Green Day, Daniel Lanois, Train and countless others. Rob enjoyed moderate success with 90’s band Dharma Sons. The band recorded three albums with Pittsburgh legend Rick Witkowski (B.E. Taylor, Crack the Sky) and captured the attention of press, radio and film as well as an ASCAP Songwriting Award. His shows include original songs and gems from yesteryear to today. Whether it’s a faithful rendition of a classic or an oldie with a new spin, Rob attacks songs with passion playing only songs that have moved or inspired him in some way. Eclectic in nature, Rob’s influences range from Crystal Gayle to Crystal Method, from Van Morrison to Van Halen, Three Dog Night to Snoop Dogg, from Frank Sinatra to Frank Black, from The Rolling Stones to Stone Temple Pilots…you get it.
The Hobbs Sisters | 12:30-2 p.m. | East 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.
Donnie Irish | 2-3:30 p.m. | West Stage
The Donnie Irish Band, from the Pittsburgh area, plays a mix of Traditional Celtic Rock, Irish, Scottish, and American cover tunes. Ricky Manning on guitar and lead vocals, Justin Brown on bass, Chris Brenner on electric guitar, and Bill Gendron on drums.
Scott, Rob and Greg of The Clarks | 3:30-5 p.m. | East Stage
Scott, Rob and Greg of The Clarks will play Clarks classics and cool covers in this acoustic based live show.
The Clarks became a rock-n-roll band in the fall of 1986 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They played their favorite songs by their musical heroes in the basements of houses and the corners of bars, sometimes for a hundred dollars, but usually just for free beer. They covered the Rave-Ups, the Plimsouls, Hoodoo Gurus, and created a template for their own music.
The Clarks made records, toured the country, and played on Letterman. They started families, wrote more songs about love and loss, and were honored by their alma mater.