Annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges planned

| 02 May 2012 | 12:34

VERNON — The 3rd annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges is not serving up dessert but another big helping of Southern rock to close out day one of the two-day music and food festival at The Hidden Valley Club in Vernon.

Presented by Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, the two-day festival features Rock'N Roll Hall of Fame artists Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers and Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Molly Hatchet, The Georgia Satellites, Citizens Band Radio, Cabinet, Southern Justice and SwampDaWamp at the scenic Sussex County ski resort June 9 and 10.

SwampDaWamp, a fast-rising rock and blues band, has just been added to the lineup and will perform Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m., bringing the total number ofbands to nine over two days.

Barbecue fans will have the opportunity to enjoy mouthwatering BBQ throughout the weekend. They will be equally excited by the juried rib cook-off, which features award-winning offerings from renowned chefs and local rib cooks who will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and the titles of “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce.” Festival-goers can vote for a “People’s Choice” award.

As born and raised southerners hailing from the Carolinas, SwampDaWamp is known for their free-spirited, get down and boogie live shows featuring whiskey flavored songs about backyard barbeques, NASCAR, and everything in between that makes up a culture born and raised in the south.

“We’re happy to offer fans a taste of both old and new Southern rock, from Hall of Famers Dickey Betts and Artimus Pyle to the new breed of artists,” said festival producer Howard Freeman of Promo 1. “Just like the barbecue we’ll be serving up all weekend, there’s something for everyone at Rock, Ribs and Ridges.”

The festival fires up a big year for the band, who will be releasing a new CD, “Short Stories From A Long Road,” touring Europe this summer and finishing the year as part of one of the world’s largest music festival cruises, The Rock Legends Cruise II, alongside Foreigner, .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, and The Marshall Tucker Band.

General admission tickets, which include lawn seating for the concerts, are $30 if purchased by May 4; $40 at the gate. VIP tickets, which include free parking in the Franklin Sussex Auto Mall VIP parking lot and day-long access to The Lodge at the Hidden Valley Club with its spacious patios and views overlooking the concert stage, private pay food and beverage service and private restrooms, are $60 if purchased by May 4 and $69 at the gate. Two-day weekend passes and Miller Mezzanine group packages are also available.

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