2004 Madison Ribberfest

Grammy nominee Marcia Ball
to headline 2004 blues event

Festival continues to grow as third year approaches

By Don Ward

MADISON, Ind. (February 2004) –  The 2004 Madison Ribberfest has booked Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Marcia Ball to headline the third annual festival, which is scheduled for Aug. 20-21 along the riverfront. The relatively new event features two days of blues bands, rib-cooking contests and hot air balloon races. It serves as the Indiana State Championship for the Kansas City Barbecue Association's national points contest.
Marcia Ball

Blues singer Marcia Ball.

" We're excited to have this major act coming to Madison, and especially now that she has been nominated for a Grammy," said Linda Lytle, executive director of the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which stages the festival.
Ball, a native of Orange, Texas, was nominated for Best Blues Contemporary album for her recent release, "So Many Rivers." The nomination committee described it as "another satisfying set that explores the many aspects of the blues, from roadhouse rock to funky New Orleans second-line struts, while showcasing her winning way with a simmering ballad. Stephen Bruton, longtime lead gu itarist for Bonnie Raitt, gives these tracks a horn-driven polish that shows off Ball's piano playing as well as her impressive pipes."
Mark Hummel
Harmonica player Mark Hummel.
Ball's career has spanned three decades and produced 11 albums in all. She commands a loyal following on the blues circuit and has attained national promience. She has appeared on dozens of TV shows and is scheduled to appear in Clint Eastwood's "Piano Blues."
David Butler and Rocky Harrell, co-chairmen of the Ribberfest's blues fest committee, listened to hundreds of songs from various leaders in the blues music arena to select this year's crop of performers. Others booked so fa r to appear this summer in Madison are Tad Benoit of Louisiana; Kid Ramos of California; and harmonica-playing Mark Hummel of Los Angeles.
Other bands scheduled to play include the Madison-based Blues Devils and Jimmy D, plus Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Sean Costello and Greg Schaber.
Tad Benoit
Louisiana's Tad Benoit.
Ball is expected to draw a crowd, whether or not she wins the prestigious Grammy.
The recording industry's most prestigious award, the Grammy is presented annually by the Recording Academy. A Grammy is awarded by the Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions. The annual Grammy Awards presentation brings together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world. This year's show was held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and was telecast live on CBS to an international audience.

For more information or to order tickets, call the Madison Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-559-2956 or visit: www.madisonribberfest.com.

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Madison Ribberfest 2004 Schedule
Friday, Aug. 20
Blues Bash Band Schedule

6 p.m.: Magic Slim & the Teardrops
8 p.m.: Sean Costello
10 p.m.: Tab Benoit

TBA: Backyard Blast (amateur cooking contest)
8 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Glow

Saturday, Aug. 21
6:30 a.m.: Hare and Hound Balloon Race
6:30 p.m. Hare and Hound Balloon Race
All Day: Indiana State BBQ Championship Cook Off
(Judging in the Brown Gym; Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m.)

Blues Bash Band Schedule
Noon: Jimmy D
2 p.m.: Blues Devils
4 p.m.: Greg Schaber
6 p.m.: Kid Ramos
8 p.m.: Mark Hummel
10 p.m. Marcia Ball

Other Weekend Events:
Ribberfest Food Court:
Enjoy delicious beef, chicken and pork from Midway vendors.
Community sponsored concrete pig decorating contest
to benefit local scholarship awards to agricultural-related majors.
(Band schedule subject to change)

Festival Times: Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday.
Wristbands: Through Aug. 1, $15 for Two-Day Pass (Includes $10 in food/beverage tickets)
Aug. 2-20, $15 for Two-Day Pass (No food/beverage tickets)
Aug. 20-21, $10 per day.
Children 12-under free.
VIP Village = $750 for 15x15 tent, table, chairs, 15 wristbands,
four parking spaces, electrical access.
Indiana State Barbeque Cookoff Entry Fee: $200 per cooking team
Backyard Barbeque Blast (Amateur Contest) = $10 per team
Balloon Rides = $125 per person (Reserve early)

No video or audio recording allowed; no coolers, food or beverage allowed;
no pets, skateboards, bikes or rollerblades allowed.

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