Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival Announces Music Lineup
Chandler, AZ – The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012, announced this week its lineup of national music acts. Face to Face, Goldfinger, and Voodoo Glow Skulls will rock out the popular festival that celebrates the rich American tradition of BBQ, brew and bands.
The Festival will begin at noon and run until 8 p.m., but reach a fever pitch at 2 p.m. when Buck-O-Nine, an American ska punk band from San Diego, kicks off an impressive lineup of national bands. Then at 3:15 p.m., the Voodoo Glow Skulls ignite the action with a 45-minute set of frenzied ska punk. Goldfinger, a California ska punk band that got its moniker from the James Bond film of the same name, hits the stage at 4:30 p.m. for a furious one-hour set. Goldfinger reached No. 5 on the U.S. record charts with Here in Your Bedroom. The Festival headliner is Face to Face, taking the stage at 6 p.m. for a two-hour set of in-your-face, raucous So Cal punk. Face To Face rose to fame in the 1990s with its album Big Choice, featuring radio hit Disconnected.
Professionally produced by HDE Agency, the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will transform the streets of downtown Chandler into a huge backyard playground with BBQ food, brew, entertainment, and lots of family fun. The festival will be the largest outdoor barbeque event in Arizona, drawing nearly 20,000 barbeque enthusiasts from across the Valley. The Third Annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival has received designation as an official Chandler Centennial event.
To accommodate the growing number of BBQ fans, HDE has more than doubled the amount of event space, food vendors and kegs of beer from 2011. The 2012 Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will span the entire AJ Chandler Park East and West as well as connecting Arizona Ave., which will be closed from Buffalo St. to Boston St. for the festivities. The address is 5 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ, 85225.
HDE is pulling out all the stops this year with a massive event featuring more than 50 BBQ restaurants and food purveyors dishing out more than 20,000 lbs of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken — paired with the state’s finest craft beers.
Some of the companies serving up their award-winning barbeque this year include AZ BBQ Club, Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, Brown Bear BBQ, Buzzards Circle N, Catalina BBQ Co, Chandler BBQ Company, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Honey Bears, Jed’z BBQ Co., McReynolds Farm, Memphis Best BBQ, Montana Bar-B-Q, Montana Q, Q Up! BBQ, Rynos BBQ, Sally’s BBQ, Scottsdale BBQ, Steel City BBQ, The Arizona BBQ Company, The Hungry Monk, Tom’s BBQ, Up N Smoke BBQ Co, and many more.
To wash it down, more than 200 kegs of ice cold craft beer will be tapped throughout the event. SanTan Brewing Company is set to feature their four core brands, which pair well with the sweet and savory flavors of BBQ fixings. Also, craft beers from Sonoran Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, Papago Brewing and Thunder Canyon Brewing will be flowing throughout the afternoon.
Admission is only $10 per person and children 12 and under are free. Event partner Bashas’ will offer $8 general admission tickets at all Bashas’ grocery stores in the Valley February 27 through March 23, while supplies last. Food, beverages and vendor items will be sold separately by vendors on a cash basis.
For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.chandlerbbq.com. Be sure to like the event fan page on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/bbq.beer.music for a chance to win free tickets and for more event details as they roll out.
A portion of the proceeds from the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable foundation. The DCCF is responsible for the fundraising activities of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). They provide a conduit for grants and sponsorships from public agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources for dissemination to the District and community organizations. For more information about the DCCF visithttp://www.downtownchandler.org/downtown-chandler-community-foundation.
The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival’s official partners include Bashas’, Verizon Wireless, BBQ Island, Bulleit Bourbon, Crowne Plaza, Discount Cab, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Foodies Like Us, Local First AZ, Phoenix New Times, Popchips, Red Bull, RideNow, SanTan Brewing, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, World Class Beverages, Yelp and AZ BBQ Club.