South Bend Blues & Ribs Festival

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Country and Region United StatesIndiana
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival South Bend, Indiana, USA
Festival Contact Information

Parks Administration
321 E. Walter Street
South Bend, IN 46614 USA
Phone: +01 574-299-4765
Fax: +01 574-299-4783
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Festival Description

The South Bend Blues & Ribs Festival offers up some of the BEST blues, ribs, and good times — all to raise money and awareness for special needs facilities and programming. A stellar lineup of blues acts are featured at the festival. Funds raised from this event will support the design and construction of Miracle Park, a uniquely designed facility for special needs individuals, and special needs programming within the South Bend Parks & Recreation Department. The festival takes place over one day at the Coveleski Regional Stadium in South Bend. Gates open at 11:00am.

Festival Dates June 22, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Opening Act — Elwood Splinter’s Blues Band
  • Headliners — Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band, featuring Lou Ann Barton
    • For more than four decades, Vaughan, the guitar slinging Texan has been earning his living rockin’ the blues. Vaughan’s love affair with blues and rock’n’ roll goes back to his childhood in Dallas. While home from school recuperating from a broken collarbone, he began to play the guitar. He began playing around Texas with a series of bands, most notably the Chessman, who opened for Jimi Hendrix. In 1974, Vaughan played with vocalist and harmonica player Kim Wilson and formed the group The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 1979, the band released their debut album and a fan base grew from there. The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached their peak of popularity with the 1986 release Tuff Enuff. Vaughan stayed with the group another four years after that, and his first move following his exit from the band was to cut an album with his kid brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Their album Family Style was a hit upon its release in the fall of 1990. Vaughan launched his solo career in 1994 and released Strange Pleasure produced by Nile Rodgers. Vaughan newest release is titled: Blues, Ballads and Favorites.
  • Siegel-Schwall Band
  • Bernard Allison
  • Special Guest: Randy Scott, Blue Lunch (an 8 piece horn-based 50s swing band from Clevelend)


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2012:
  • Price
    • Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 day of event
  • Buy in person
    • The Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office
      Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm
      Phone: 574-235-9190
      Toll Free: 800-537-6415
  • Buy Online
  • Buy at Morris Ticket Outlets
    • Hammes Bookstore
      Eddy Street Commons, South Bend
    • O’Brien Center
      321 East Walter Street, South Bend
      Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
    • Super Sounds
      123 South Main Street, Goshen
  • Buy Tickets at
    • Coveleski Ticket Office
      501 West South Street, South Bend


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