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Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival

MARC’S GREAT AMERICAN RIB COOK-OFF GRILLS UP SMOKIN’ SAVINGS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

CLEVELAND, OH – The ribs are sweeter and the bands are hotter…downriver! The 21st Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival presented by Litehouse Pools & Spas, FOX 8, Time Warner Cable, and Tim Lally Chevrolet, is celebrating its four-day barbecue battle at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex on the sizzling West Bank of the Flats Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28, 2012.

The heart of the Rib Cook-Off is its world-class barbecue competition that will feature 10 of the best grill-masters on the professional barbecue circuit. Teams all the way from Texas to New Jersey will return to Cleveland to serve up their award-winning tender slabs, juicy bones and delicious pulled pork sandwiches. The grills will go wild as these fierce competitors battle it out to win the coveted “Greatest Ribs in America,” Tim Lally Chevrolet “People’s Choice,” and the “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America” awards.

The Rib Cook-Off also packs dozens of national, regional, and local bands into its holiday weekend celebration. The non-stop entertainment scheduled for the Bud Light Main Stage and School of Rock FOX 8 Stage powered by Tri-C Recording Arts & Technology Program continues to be FREE with your paid general admission.

Spend Memorial Day weekend with award-winning entertainment and savory ribs while taking advantage of smart saving solutions to stretch your dollar with special discount package deals that include admission to both the Rib Cook-Off and the brand new Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Families will return to their favorite barbecue festival with money to spare when purchasing the FOX 8 Half Off Rock & Ribs Dining Deal, or the newly added Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Rib Cook-Off Package.

The Northeast Ohio tradition of gathering at the Cleveland waterfront to indulge in mouth-watering barbecue, music, and a little heated competition can be accessed even easier this year, courtesy of Live Nation and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with the RTA Rapid Transit Rail Line offering FREE rides and bus shuttle services to the cook-off. Not only will patrons be able to travel for FREE to the Rib Cook-Off on the RTA Rapid Transit Rail Lines, but they will also be able to enjoy FREE headline entertainment along with stacks of activities for the whole family to enjoy for only $5 with a coupon from Marc’s or online at www.fox8.com/rib. As always, admission for children 12 and under remains FREE all weekend long.

That’s not all! On Friday, May 25, one of the regions hottest DJ’s, DJ E-V, will provide the beats to get fans ready for the weekend. Saturday, barbecue fans can cheer on Cleveland-area residents participating in the Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition, while Sunday will host a talented lineup of local and regional bands including the winners of the 2012 Tri-C High School Rock Off, Phaylinx, from St. Ignatius and Nordonia High Schools. Also performing Memorial Day weekend will be the KISS-FM Dance Team, 10-year-old DJ Alex“Beatboy” Matthews, and the students from School of Rock.

CRAVINGS FOR SAVINGS:

THIS YEAR WE ARE FEATURING FISH AT THE COOK-OFF! Well sort of…we are celebrating the opening of our Rib Cook-Off neighbor, and one of the hottest family attractions in Northeast Ohio, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, by selling a combined Aquarium and Rib Cook-Off ticket package that can be used to visit each venue on the same day, or on different days during Memorial Day weekend. This combo ticket package will SAVE over $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under who want to take advantage of both activities during Memorial Day weekend! The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. This ticket package is now on sale exclusively online at www.greaterclevelandaquarium.com/ribdeal, while supplies last.

FOX 8 HALF OFF ROCK & RIBS DINING DEAL!

Rib lovers can purchase this special offer while supplies last and receive $40 worth of food & beverage tickets and two General Admission tickets to the Rib Cook-Off that include headline entertainment for ONLY $28! That’s a $56 value for only $28, plus applicable service fees. This limited time offer is now on sale exclusively online at www.fox8.com/rib.

NEW THIS YEAR! RTA RAPID TRANSIT LINES & WATERFRONT LINE MAKE IT EASY TO TRAVEL TO THE RIB COOK-OFF AND GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

The Swing Bridge in the Flats is back in business, making travel from the East to the West Bank of the Flats much more convenient. This year, additional parking will be available within walking distance of the Rib Cook-Off and Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Additional lots are located adjacent to the Settler’s Landing RTA Waterfront Line on the East Bank of the Flats. A FREE bus shuttle, courtesy of Live Nation and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, will take patrons from the Settler’s Landing Station and the numerous adjacent parking lots on the East Bank to the Rib Cook-Off and Aquarium entrances. NEW THIS YEAR, courtesy of Live Nation and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, RTA will offer rib lovers and Aquarium fans free rides on all RTA Rapid Transit

Rail Lines during Memorial Day weekend. Patrons can park for free at any RTA Rapid Stations and then hop aboard the Red, Blue or Green Lines traveling downtown to the Tower City Station. From there, it’s a quick trip on the Waterfront Line to the Settler’s Landing Station where complimentary bus shuttles will take patrons directly to the Rib Cook-Off and Aquarium. RTA rail services will be extended all weekend long to match the hours of the Rib Cook-Off. For a map of the free shuttle route and parking lots, visit www.fox8.com/rib.

TIM LALLY CHEVROLET HAS A BONE TO PICK WITH YOU!

As co-presenting sponsor of this year’s Rib Cook-Off, Tim Lally Chevrolet has a fabulous deal for you! Make arrangements during the month of May to have your oil changed for the special price of $20.12 at Tim Lally Chevrolet and receive two FREE tickets to the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival, while supplies last! Regular price for this service is $39.50. *This offer includes up to 5 quarts of conventional quality motor oil and ACDelco oil filter. Diesels and synthetic blend oil may be slightly higher. Taxes and disposal fee are extra if applicable. Not valid with any other offer. Present offer at time of vehicle write-up. Offer expires May 24, 2012. Tim Lally Chevrolet is located at 19000 Rockside Road in Bedford, OH.

GET GRILLIN’ WITH LITEHOUSE POOLS & SPAS

Litehouse Pools & Spas is offering four FREE General Admission tickets for the first 100 customers buying a new grill costing $399 or higher from May 1st through May 20th. Litehouse carries Bull brand grills, Primo brand smoker grills, and Weber brand grills in natural gas, propane and charcoal. *Tickets will be mailed to the winning customers prior to the Rib Cook-Off Memorial Day weekend. Visit www.litehouse.com for a list of their 14 store locations.

THE GREAT GRILL-OFF: 2012 GRILLING TEAMS

This year’s saucy showdown welcomes seasoned grilling gladiators back into the barbecue pits of downtown Cleveland. In total, 10 professional teams hailing from New Jersey to Texas will battle for trophies, cash and ultimate bragging rights. Sample barbecue and sauce flavors from eight different states, including: Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ (NJ) • Carolina Rib King (SC) • Chicago BBQ Company (IL) • DD Stutz’s Jack on the Bone (OH) • Famous Dave’s BBQ (MN) • Johnson’s BBQ (VA) • Pigfoot BBQ Company (OH) • Porky N’ Beans (FL) • Texas Thunder (TX) • Uncle Bub’s BBQ (IL)

DEFENDING CHAMPS

The triumphant winners from 2011 return to defend their titles to see if they have what it takes to grill to another victory! “People’s Choice” Award 2011 “Greatest Ribs in America” 2011 Champion: Famous Dave’s BBQ (MN) Champion: Porky ‘N’ Beans (FL) “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America” 2011 Champion: Uncle Bub’s BBQ (IL)

THE JURY IS OUT

After four days in the pits, winners for the 2012 “Greatest Ribs in America,” “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America” and Tim Lally Chevrolet “People’s Choice” awards will be crowned Monday, May 28, at 4:00 p.m. An elite panel of barbecue connoisseurs, as well as local Northeast Ohio celebrities will judge stacks of juicy bones using a blind taste test method. To determine the big winners, the judging panel will rate ribs in several categories including appearance, sauce, meat and tenderness.

TIM LALLY CHEVROLET “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD CONTEST PRESENTED BY NEW 102.1 WDOK-FM AND RADIO’S 92.3 THE FAN

Let your taste buds do the talking and win a chance to become an official Tim Lally Chevrolet “People’s Choice” award judge! During select hours at the cook-off, visit the New 102.1 WDOK Mega Money Machine booth and Radio 92.3 The FAN booth for the chance to enter and judge some rockin’ ribs! The lucky judges will be presented with free succulent ribs to taste test and rank. The Tim Lally Chevrolet “People’s Choice” judging will take place during the weekend’s festivities exclusively at these booth locations.

MARC’S AMATEUR GRILLING COMPETITION PRESENTED BY 93.1 WZAK, 107.3 THE WAVE, THE PLAIN DEALER, FOX 8, BUD LIGHT, KRAFT, NABISCO AND SNYDER’S OF BERLIN

The annual Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition will give contestants three racks of ribs and two and a half hours to create one award-winning barbecue masterpiece. The heated event will take place Saturday, May 26, at 12:00 p.m. with five competitors vying for ultimate bragging rights. After the smoke clears the professional grill-masters will sample and scrutinize the slabs to determine the 2012 grilling champ! The winner will receive a $250 Marc’s gift card and the title of Marc’s Amateur Grill Master. Marc’s gift cards will also be awarded to the second and third place winners. Each contestant will also be given the propane grill they used during the competition – just for participating! Want to enter? Log onto www.fox8.com/rib, www.wzakcleveland.com or www.107.3thewave.net for an official entry form and explain in 25 words or less why you are Northeast Ohio’s best amateur griller. Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition is open to anyone age 18 years and over. Deadline for entry is Friday, May 11, at 5:00 p.m.

THE PLAIN DEALER INVITES YOU TO ENTER THE “I KNOW MY RIBS” SWEEPSTAKES AND WIN A SPOT ON THE OFFICIAL RIB COOK-OFF JUDGE’S PANEL

Think you can handle the pressure of sampling and judging the award-winning ribs and sauces prepared by this year’s national grill-masters? Then here is your chance to sit side-by-side with The Plain Dealer’s one and only Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton and Pop Diva, Andrea Simakis along with a host of other Cleveland celebs on Sunday, May 27, and experience the ultimate VIP treatment courtesy of The Plain Dealer and Live Nation. In addition to being an official judge, one winner will receive the grand prize package of two VIP wristbands to Sunday’s Staind concert, VIP parking, plus $100 in food & beverage tickets! The 2012 participating judges will determine this year’s winners for “Greatest Ribs in America” and “Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America.” Fifty runner-up winners will receive a four-pack of General Admission tickets to the Rib Cook-Off. Sweepstake details will be available in The Plain Dealer beginning April 27.

JOIN US FOR A “MUNCH BRUNCH” LIVE FROM THE RIB COOK-OFF

Celebrate Memorial Day with Mark “Munch” Bishop when he broadcasts live from the Rib Cook-Off Monday, May 28, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Keep the radio dial on ESPN 850 WKNR in May for your chance to sit alongside Munch and be an official Rib Cook-Off judge!

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK… THE BUD LIGHT MAIN STAGE

The Bud Light Main Stage will host an outstanding lineup featuring alternative rock stars to platinum-selling national artists each night. Set sail with The B-52s at 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, as they start the party on the waterfront. Saturday, May 26, the eccentric Todd Rundgren hits the Bud Light Main Stage at 9:00 p.m. to say “Hello” to the audience. The headliner for Sunday, May 27, will be the hit alternative rockers Staind performing at 9:00 p.m. The weekend’s music festivities come to a close Memorial Day Monday, May 28, with the Rib Cook- Off’s own beloved DJ, Michael Stanley and The Resonators at 6:00 p.m. For an additional charge, a limited number of front-of-stage General Admission “BBQ PIT” tickets for Staind and prime reserved seats for The B-52s, Todd Rundgren, and Michael Stanley and The Resonators, that includes admission to the Rib Cook- Off, are on sale now at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster locations and charge-by-phone 800-745-3000.

Discounts do not apply for advance BBQ Pit general admission or prime reserved seat tickets.

SCHOOL OF ROCK FOX 8 STAGE POWERED BY TRI-C RECORDING ARTS & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

On Friday, May 25, the “Love Shack Dance Party” kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with KISS-FM’s one and only DJ E-V spinning saucy sounds that will get rib lovers primed for The B-52s. Saturday, May 26, the School Of Rock FOX 8 Stage powered by Tri-C Recording Arts & Technology Program will feature hard rock band Mouth Wired Shut, Red Sun Rising, the funkadelic modQUAD, and Vernon Jones Blues Cartel. Sunday, May 27’s guests will be the Radio Disney Road Crew LIVE Show featuring the Duncan Crew performing yo-yo tricks onstage.

Guests can stop by the Duncan Yo-Yos booth to enter for a chance to win a flyaway trip to the X-Games in Los Angeles! Also performing Sunday, 10-year-old DJ Alex “Beatboy” Matthews and the KISS-FM Dance Team, the talented kids from School of Rock, and a host of area high school bands that have made a name for themselves by performing at the annual Tri-C High School Rock Off that include: Noize From the Basement, The Glow Pop Jiggly Jams, Deo Vindice, and this year’s winner, Phaylinx. Rising pop stars from Columbus, OH, New Hallow, and Cleveland’s own The Strange Familiar will headline the School Of Rock FOX 8 Stage powered by Tri-C Recording Arts & Technology Program on Sunday as well! Reggae music legends The Wailers will keep the vibe going with a laidback performance closing out the weekend’s festivities Monday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m. Log onto www.fox8.com/rib for up-to-the-minute entertainment announcements and performance times.

TIM LALLY CHEVROLET INVITES YOU TO “GET IN BED” WITH THE B-52s, TODD RUNDGREN, STAIND, AND MICHAEL STANLEY

This year four radio stations are offering four grand prize winners the rockin’ opportunity to comfortably sit front-ofstage during the concert of one of the weekend’s headlining entertainment acts “In the Bed” of a brand new Chevrolet Silverado truck, courtesy of Tim Lally Chevrolet! Each station is offering a chance to attend a different concert, so stay tuned and listen to these stations in the month of May for your chance to enter and win: 106.5 The Lake to attend The B-52s concert; 105.7 WMJI to attend the Todd Rundgren concert; 100.7 WMMS to attend the Staind concert, and 98.5 WNCX to attend the Michael Stanley and The Resonators concert.

LET LOOSE AT THE LITEHOUSE RIB COOK-OFF LOUNGE

Patrons can enjoy a cool backyard grilling vibe as they hang out at the Litehouse Pools & Spas Lounge conveniently located in the heart of the Rib Cook-off event site. Here you can see some of the latest natural gas and propane grills including the popular brands Weber, Bull and Primo. Getting your grill on while listening to music on the School of Rock FOX 8 Stage powered by Tri-C Recording Arts & Technology Program and checking out the fabulous patio and deck furniture available from Litehouse will give new meaning to “shop at your leisure!”

You may even get a chance to win a new set of patio furniture compliments of Litehouse! Visit www.litehouse.com for a list of their 14 store locations.

Q104 APL PROMO TBD

Stop by the quackable Q104 APL Duck Pond to raise money and awareness for the lovable animals of the Cleveland APL. Play games and win prizes that include tickets to the House of Blues, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Nautica Queen, Live Nation concerts and much more!

RIB COOK-OFF SPORTS ZONE FEATURING THE CAVS, CLEVELAND GLADIATORS AND LAKE ERIE MONSTERS PRESENTED BY TIME WARNER CABLE

Stay active Memorial Day weekend with plenty of room to play at this year’s Sports Zone! Shoot hoops and strut your stuff on the court while playing games and participating in other fun activities at the Rib Cook-Off! With plenty of games and obstacles for the whole family, everyone is sure to work up an appetite!

GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION
Friday, May 25 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 26 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival takes place at Jacobs Pavilion and the Nautica Entertainment Complex on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. For more details, venue information or driving directions, visit the festival’s new and official website www.fox8.com/rib or call the Jacobs Pavilion Box Office at 216-622-6557 during event hours.

Adult general admission is ONLY $5 with a coupon from Marc’s or with an online coupon available at www.fox8.com/rib. General admission is still FREE for kids 12 and under everyday, all hours. *General Admission tickets are not sold in advance and are only available for purchase at the Rib Cook-Off box office during event hours.

Parking is available at various surrounding lots on both the East and West Bank of the Flats. The Center Street Swing Bridge that connects the East and West Bank is open this year making it convenient to park in the adjacent lots near the Settler’s Landing RTA Waterfront Line. New This Year! Courtesy of Live Nation and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, RTA will offer rib lovers and Aquarium fans FREE rides on all RTA Rapid Transit Rail Lines during the Rib Cook-Off Memorial Day weekend!

Patrons can park for free at any RTA Rapid Station and then hop aboard the Red, Blue or Green Lines traveling downtown. From Tower City, it’s a quick trip on the Waterfront Line to the Settler’s Landing Station where complimentary bus shuttles will take you directly to the Rib Cook-Off and Aquarium entrances. RTA rail services will be extended all weekend long to match the hours of the Rib Cook-Off. Visit www.fox8.com/rib for more information.

This Memorial Day weekend, play downtown and stay downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown – the official hotel of Jacobs Pavilion and the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival. Contact the reservations desk at 216-658-6400 for details.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

The 21st Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival is produced by Live Nation and copresented by Litehouse Pools & Spas, FOX 8, Time Warner Cable, and Tim Lally Chevrolet. Associate sponsors include Anheuser-Busch Inc., Akron-Canton Airport, Bud Light, Clear Choice Custom LASIK Center, Cleveland CAVS, Cleveland Gladiators, Coca Cola, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dasani Water, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, House of LaRose, Kraft, Lake Erie Monsters, The Plain Dealer, Nabisco, Ohio Department of Travel & Tourism, Renewal by Andersen, RTA and The Waterfront Line, Cleveland Scene Magazine, SmarTravel, U.S. Marines, Tri-C’s® Recording Arts & Technology, School of Rock, Windows on the River, Wright State University, New 102.1 WDOK, 99.5 WGAR, ESPN 850 WKNR, Majic 105.7, 100.7 WMMS, 106.5 The Lake, 98.5 WNCX, Q104, WNWV 107.3 The Wave, WTAM 1100, Radio 92.3 The Fan, 107.9 WENZ and 93.1 WZAK, Radio Disney AM 1260. Our 2012 charitable partner is Easter Seals.

One Comment

  1. RITA SMITH
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    MY LOVE IS LOVIE AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN YOUR RIB COOK OFF, PLEASE CALL ME AND LET ME KNOW THANK YOU SO MUCH. LOVIE

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