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!
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, July 30 | 4 – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, July 31 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday, August 1 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday or Sunday Tickets
- All Ages General Admission per person / per day
Advance Ticket Purchase is required. Tickets are required for ALL GUESTS 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.
Rib & Wing Festival Vendors
- Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ
- Texas Outlaws BBQ
- After Hours 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.
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.
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!
Texas Outlaw's BBQ
Texas Outlaw BBQ, from Elizabethtown, KY, is the world's only three-time, first place winner of the world's largest rib cook-off "Nugget Best of the West Cook-Off" held in Reno, Nevada.
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. | East Stage
John Cardo | 5-6:30 p.m. | East 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.
Coming Soon! | 6:30-8 p.m. | West Stage
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers | 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.
House Music | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | East Stage
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.
House Music | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Stage
Hank Rufetto Blues | 3:30-5 p.m. | West Stage
Elias Khouri | 5-6:30 p.m. | East 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.
Good Karma Band | 6:30-8 p.m. | West Stage
Good Karma Band is a classic rock and blues band based in Pittsburgh, PA that covers a wide range of songs from the 60s to today.
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.
House Music | 11 a.m. - 1230 p.m. | East Stage
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.
Shot of Soul | 2-3:30 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".
NOMaD | 3:30-5 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.
Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment is subject to change