Despite their name, No Show Joe arrived at Ribfest to tear it up with an eclectic set list, covering songs from Carrie Underwood to Led Zeppelin.
“We take turns picking songs so we end up with an interesting mix, which makes it fun to listen to,” said Jamie Berndt, the band’s lead singer.
No Show Joe is one of several local bands that had the opportunity to take the big stage at Ribfest this year. Local cops also like to rock out when they’re off duty. They’re part of another group known as My Dog Dick.
“Outside of my kids, my favorite thing is playing music for people,” said the group’s drummer, Ken Gettemy.
Classic rock fans grooved to the music of The Waterdawgs. The seven guys played their first gig back in 2003 in a small bar and most recently played at Ribfest for the third time.
“The best times aren’t necessarily on stage but are in the basement practicing or having a beer, just goofing around,” said Bill Andrew, the group’s Keyboard player and singer. “These guys are like my brothers.”
For the country folk, the Paul Avers Band delivered a variety of country hits along with original tunes.
“The songs that I write and we put together are heartfelt,” said lead singer Paul Avers. “We want to get them out there and see if people like them.”
While each band has its own unique sound, they all share the experience of playing a larger gig than usual right in their own community.
“We never thought we would have a chance to play at a place like this, but it is absolutely the best event we do every year,” said Andrew.
With a new layout this year, including two main stages, the acts drew larger crowds. Organizers say 200,000 people attended Ribfest over the four days. That’s up 15 percent from last year.
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