A Party with a Purpose

You spoke and we’re listening. We are changing the format of the event and negotiating with venues to bring you a new and improved Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. Therefore, we have decided not to host an event this year in order to plan appropriately and solicit additional sponsorships. We will have an even better festival in Spring 2019.

2016 Entertainment Lineup

Friday October 14 Saturday October 15 Sunday October 16
8:30pm Lauren Mitchell 8:15pm Lonestar 6:30pm Jaheim
8:15pm Fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks 6:30pm Josh Thompson 5:15pm Tank
6:30pm Jah Movement 4:30pm Kim Betts & Gamble Creek Band 4:30pm Kelly Price
5:00pm DJ 2:30pm Soul Circus Cowboys 3:00pm NuJazz
12:30pm Mitch Clark Band 2:00pm Reginald Wrangler
11:00am DJ 1:30 pm Shariah Davis
Noon DJ

**More acts to come**

*Artist and times subject to change without notice.

Friday October 14th - 2016

8:30 PM - Lauren Mitchell Band.

Lauren Mitchell Band

Soul Singer Lauren Mitchell Follows her Musical Heart

“My first solo singing performance happened in church!” recalls Lauren Mitchell, a woman who, in only a few short years, has crafted a singular, unmistakable voice in the world of blues. “I'd been a member of the chorus for productions, but performing in my grandparent's church was the first time I stood on my own and opened my mouth to sing for an audience.”


8:15 PM - Fireworks Show by Zambelli Fireworks.


6:30 PM - Jah Movement Reggae Band

Jah Movement Reggae Band

Jah Movement Reggae Band is “The Movement” bringing you the best top 40 Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, and Calypso DANCE MUSIC, by some of the best artists around the world. From the brains of former well-known Democracy Reggae Band Lead Singer, Damie Caines, he decided to branch out from his tradition and start a fresh new band with the very talented and well know Soul Diva, Shantel Norman. Jah Movement is NOT your ordinary reggae band. They perform hits from early 80s to now. All of their musicians have had the opportunity to play locally and nationally with many celebrities. They are guaranteed to make you feel good, that you would want to jump out of your seats and dance.


5:00 PM - DJ.

Saturday October 15th - 2016

8:15 PM - Lonestar


It’s just a small warehouse space, hidden by a nondescript exterior somewhere in Nashville. Inside you’ll see mismatched chairs and rugs scattered around the cement floor. Little lights string across the high, black ceiling. A giant Texas flag covers much of one wall. A pool table, a dartboard, a basketball arcade hoop …


7:50 PM - Announce Winners of the Best Ribs and Sauce Competition

6:30 PM - Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson

With a growing list of hits to his credit, Show Dog Universal recording artist Josh Thompson has defined his place in country music with the simple formula of being who he is: the embodiment of whatever-it-takes, hard-working, blue-collar grit. From his songwriting that ran throughout his Top 10 debut album, Way Out Here, to the dynamic live shows that have earned him opening slots for such established headliners as Dierks Bentley and CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Brad Paisley, Josh Thompson’s passionate performances and tireless work ethic have made him the epitome of the musical road warrior, playing nearly 250 shows in 2010 alone.


4:30 - Kim Betts & Gamble Creek Band

Kim Betts & Gamble Creek Band

After graduating HS, she left home and headed west to pursue her dream of acting. She attended the prestigious drama program at San Jose University (San Jose, CA) and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. She toured with her famous father (Dickey Betts/Allman Brothers Band) on their west coast 7 Turns Tour where she learned a lot watching the industry work from behind the scenes. Kim has enjoyed a full career performing on stages all across the United States in the 90‘s and early 2000‘s.


2:30 - Soul Circus Cowboys

Soul Circus Cowboys

Soul Circus Cowboys’ new single, “Gotta Get Me One Of Them,” penned by Nashville hit-writing royalty Craig Wiseman and Jim Collins, is an over the top, rockin’ southern anthem to almost everything in life that is dear to a country boys dreams; hot cars, hotter chicks and hard drivin’ music with smokin’ guitars….


12:30 PM - Mitch Clark Band

Mitch Clark Band

The Mitch Clark Band has spent the last decade rocking Southwest Florida with their high energy funky blues and rock & roll. Mitch's edgy guitar licks and smoky, soulful vocals, along with his star studded 7 piece horn band delivers an astonishing performance that always leaves you wanting more. A dynamic show that is a sure bet to entertain young and old alike!


11:00 AM - DJ

Sunday October 16th - 2016

6:30 PM - Jaheim


You know the voice. It’s the sensuous, hot-buttered tenor oozing through such hits as “Put That Woman First,” “Finding My Way Back” and “Fabulous.” It’s also the sizzling, seductive charmer pushing temptation on such additional fan faves as “Anything,” “Ain’t Leavin’ Without You” and “Age Ain’t a Factor.”


5:15 PM - Tank


While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question.

“What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks.


4:30 PM - Kelly Price

Kelly Price

Born into a family of singers and preachers Kelly Cherelle Price entered the world on April 4, 1973 the 2nd of 3 daughters to Rev Joseph and Mrs. Claudia Price. Although music was deeply rooted in the family it was still a surprise to her mother when she began to show signs of a musically tuned ear at just 9 months old. She was retaining melodies she heard during the day and humming them at night in the crib!


3:00 PM - NuJazz


NuJazz is a contemporary/smooth jazz band based in the Sarasota/Bradenton area that is made up of Dr. Melvin Price on soprano, alto, and tenor sax, Eric Enfield on keys, Steve Rand on acoustic and electric guitars, Louis Robison on percussion, Ron Ross on bass and Cory Ross on drums.


2:00 PM - Reginald Wranger

Reginald Wrangler

Reginald Wrangler, Bradenton, FL native, best known for ushering a new poignant sound that meets at the intersection of country avenue and blues lane with just a slash “hick hop” an up-tempo bass driven style of country music. Reginald Wrangler has written well over 500 original songs. If you take a few minutes to listen to just a few tracks from Wrangler, you will become an instant fan. His songs are so heart felt, you may think you’ve missed out on a classic that everyone else already knows. However, this West Florida native only started singing country a few years ago. With nothing more than some hard times and soul searching Wrangler admits, country music kind of found him. He weaves a familiarity into his songs that is more often found in the timeless hits of well-known country artists.


1:30 PM - Shariah Davis


A beautiful vocalist emerges already knowing what she wants out of life. At the age of 2 years old Shariah began to sing. Shariah sang in school choirs as well as her family church choir. Shariah quickly overtook a deep passion for singing and or performing. Shariah would sang and perform at school in plays and or in drama.


Noon - DJ


Please consider volunteering your time at the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!
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“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.

Kids Fest

Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.


Read what The Sarasota Post had to say about last year's event.


Don’t miss your opportunity to place your products and services in front of the THOUSANDS that will attend Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribs Music Fest. Sponsorship levels range from $500 up to $20,000 and we can even customize a sponsorship package that is perfect for your company!

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