BRADENTON, FL – The 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest is proud to announce the 2016 headline artists. Lonestar, has sold over 10 Million Albums & charted ten #1 Country hits including “No News”, “Come Crying to Me”, and “Amazed”, which was also #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and earned the group Single of the Year and Song of the Year. Lonestar was also named the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year and released their latest CD, Never Ends, on April 29, 2016. Jaheim, 3 – Time Grammy nominated, Multi-Platinum R&B and Soul Singer and songwriter has sold over 5 Million Albums, charted 5 consecutive Top 10 Albums and eight Top 20 R&B Hits. Josh Thompson, with a growing list of hits to his credit has defined his place in country music through his Top 10 debut album, “Way Out Here”. His dynamic live shows have earned him opening slots for such established headliners as Dierks Bentley and CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Brad Paisley. His debut album, Way Out Here, established Josh as a formidable young talent, launching a trio of hits including “Won’t Be Lonely Long”; the Top 15 title track “Way Out Here”; and the Top 10 first single, “Beer on the Table.” Kelly Price, 7 – Time Grammy Nominated R&B and television Star. Tank, Chart-Topping R&B singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, and the mesmerizing Blues Artist Lauren Mitchell, will take the stage for the 2016 three-day outdoor, music and food festival October 14th – 16th at Desoto Square Mall (south parking lot). Other bands perform- ing at this year’s festival include Jah Movement (reggae/calypso), Soul Circus Cowboys (country), Kim Betts & Gamble Creek (country), NuJazz (Jazz & Mowtown) and more. Other entertainment for the entire family includes our dynamic Opening Night Fireworks Show by Zambelli Fireworks at 8:15pm on Friday, October 14th!

This year marks the 10th Year of Rhythm & Ribfest and we’re hitting our stride. Ribfest is on pace to become one of West Central Florida’s most anticipated events of the year that has something for everyone to enjoy. Award winning Grilling Teams from across the nation boasting titles and awards such as “Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” will have their BBQ Pits “smoking” and are ready to defend their titles. Featured at this year’s event will be veteran BBQ Pitmasters from Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Alabama and Florida; including some who have been featured on TLC network’s extremely popular show BBQ Pitmasters. Pres e n t i n g sponsors of Ribfest includes MCR Health Services/Allcare Options and Sonny’s BBQ. Major sponsors are the Bradenton Herald, Manatee Apparel Graphics, Budweiser and Tropicana/Mosaic. Tickets go on-sale September 1st on-line at www.gulfcoastribfest.com and at all Sonny’s BBQ locations in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. Visit our website for details on festival hours, ticket prices and locations, etc.

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“A Party with a Purpose”–The Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest is a major annual fundraising event benefiting United Community Centers, Inc. who has provided educational, social and recreational programs to thousands of low income, At-risk youth throughout Manatee County since its inception in 1937. The Community Centers located throughout Manatee County Florida have helped disadvantaged youth find healthy solutions to the problems of poverty, drugs, crime, teen pregnancy and low self-esteem. United Community Centers, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not for-profit organization and all or a portion of contributions are tax deductible.