Rib America out; Fountain Square Music Festival in

May 31, 2013
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A long-running festival disappears from the Indy lineup (at least for this year). The good news: There's a new fest with promise on the horizon.

Out: Rib America Festival. The Labor Day staple's cancellation leaves one major question:  What’s Blue Oyster Cult going to do with its free time?

In: Fountain Square Music Fest. The new all-ages outdoor event on July 4 features Truth & Salvage Co., a band Rolling Stone said was "all you need for a classic-rock party."  Also on the bill: Modoc, Kansas City Bible Company, Kaleidostars and others that you aren’t expected to know going in. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. And sight lines should be good for the downtown fireworks. Details here.

Your thoughts? Care to share any Rib America memories? 

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  • Rib Fest = Rip Off
    I don't understand Rib Fest. I went two times and was disappointed both times. I was really disappointed the first time, but came the second time just to see Jonny Lang. $3 for one rib is a complete waste of money (unless of course admission is completely free and sale proceeds pay for the musical entertainment). The Fountain Square Music Fest sounds promising.
  • No BOC?
    I gotta have more cowbell.
  • Music Fest
    I love Fountain Square and will be there. I just hope it's not all classic rock covers...
    • Most awesome
      I love Lou's quote "What’s Blue Oyster Cult going to do with its free time?" not only was the music getting stale at the Rib fest but the food is really over priced. I noticed that The Fountain Square music festival has a fresh line up of up and coming artist that are really good and Fountain Square is becoming well known for having awesome restaurants that won't gouge the average family. I say this is a major win for Indianapolis and it's artsy neighborhood.
    • Rip Off...
      My wife and I went 1 time a couple years ago and quickly found out how much of a rip off it was! Way over-priced for ribs that were good, but seriously?! Plus, the whole scam to purchase tickets for food after you've already paid to get in, yet none of the vendors took exactly even dollar tickets so you never really knew how much you were spending so at the end of the day I was left with a few tickets that I couldn't buy anything with so it went to waste. And no, you can't get a refund for unused tickets. How much extra cash did they skim from us all with that deal?...the whole thing seemed like a seedy gang of carnival folk scamming you when you're not expecting it. The bands were ok, but you can see them for much less at other venues where you pay for food and beer with REAL money and it's not way overpriced. Good riddance...glad a better event filling in!
    • Music Fest
      One of the bands I know, Modoc, who are up & coming in Nashville has their own original music. They originated from Modoc & Muncie, Indiana and will be well worth the listen at Fountain Square Music festival.
    • Time to move on
      I have fond memories of Rib Fest, going back to the Murat parking lot -- REO Speedwagon, Loverboy. Pat Benatar, Night Ranger, and on and on -- but it's time for something else. It just became less fun seeing acts who've had better days, sometimes for the 2nd or 3rd time, and overpaying for the same pork sandwiches year after year. Change can be good so I'm looking forward to Fountain Square Music Fest.
    • Taste of Indy
      The Taste of Indianapolis is the same weekend on July 6th at the canal went last year awesome event, good food, great local music. Jason Wells played last year. This year Square Social Circle.
    • Thanks for this...
      "What’s Blue Oyster Cult going to do with its free time?" That line gave me a good chuckle...first time I saw them was in 1981 at the Monsters of Rock Music Festival in Mainz, Germany. The fact that they still do shows is mind boggling to me!
    • Classic Rock Covers?
      The fest is for original bands. The only covers will be there for flavor.
    • RIBFEST 2014
      Are they having Ribfest this year at Military Park. again and if so what bands will be there?

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