RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Wilton resident Jerome Goosman will perform during the 3rd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival, April 30 and May 1.
The festival, which features world-champion barbecue competitors, rides, games, and food for the entire family, will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1st at the historic Lounsbury House, 316 Main St., Ridgefield.
Local bands from throughout Fairfield County will perform on the outdoor stage during the festival and play a multitude of genres like rock, country, jazz and funk. First to the take the festival stage Saturday, April 30, will be singer-songwriter, Goosman. After studying guitar for many years and pursuing jazz in college, he eventually found his calling as a songwriter. His lyrics are genuine, heartfelt and rooted in personal experiences.
Bethel native Joe Pacelli and Danbury’s own Jesse Lynch, two multi-genre performers who play everything from reggae-funk and blues to Alternative rock and folk, also will perform April 30. The Red Hots, a Danbury-based duo, will bring new life to jazz and blues standards with their blend of unique vocals, a ukulele/guitar mix, and driving percussion. Sloppy Joe and The Lunch Ladies, whose members hail from Fairfield, Westport and Weston, will wrap the Saturday line up with improvisational funk, salsa and rock.
On Sunday, May 1, the indie Americana/Classic Rock/Country band from Danbury, New Incarnation, will play in the afternoon, while Newtown natives and award-winning songwriters Lucinda and Michael wrap the festival with pop and rock melodies.
More than 40 BBQ masters from across the globe will compete in this official state barbecue championship.
During the competition, guests will enjoy carnival rides (including a mechanical bull) and food from vendors carefully selected by the BBQ committee. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 12 years old.
For a schedule of performers – and to purchase tickets – visit www.RidgefieldBBQCT.com.
The Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival is a collaboration between the Ridgefield Rotary Club and the Ridgefield Community Center.