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.

Saturday October 15th - 2016

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.

Most of her stage time has been in Musical Theatre and she has played fabulous roles such as Ado Annie/Oklahoma!, Lina Lamont/Singing in the Rain, Julie LaVerne/Showboat and Miss Adelaide/Guys&Dolls. After having 2 children, she returned home to sunny Florida in 2007. Happy to be home with her family, she focused on raising her children and turned her sights to live music. She taught children voice lessons from her home studio and started Gamble Creek Band which delights Floridians of all ages far and wide. Kim’s future is exciting as new music projects are being developed and her new original single “Smile” has just been released. She is very passionate about developing youth in the arts and dedicates her time to children’s charities and arts programs.

See the entire entertainment lineup.


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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