A party with a purpose

Performing at the Gulfcoast Rhythm & Ribfest

Saturday April 12 - 2014

7:00 PM - Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings In 2005, Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist Lyfe Jennings demanded attention when his raspy intro, “aye yo you....,” blanketed the airwaves with his hit, “Must Be Nice” on his debut album Lyfe 268-192.

Layered with stories of street trysts and jail time, he offered a blue-collar perspective on everyday life and love. Jennings soon became a favorite; not just for his raw talent and brassy delivery, but for the unfiltered realism in his lyrics. The musician touched on edgy topics most artists avoided with songs like “She Got Kids,” and “Made Up My Mind.”

Now, with five studio albums under his belt, a host of award nominations and songwriting credits, Jennings hasn't lost his rigid nature and continues to evolve while offering his fans a VIP view of his growth and maturity. Unlike so many artists of this generation, Jennings delivers colorful portrayals of very real life situations in such a relatable way. You can't help but to connect with him.

Sings Lyfe on his recent single, 'Boomerang' “I've learned that breaking a woman's heart is just like throwin' a boomerang, it will come right back to you again....”

The vocalist, piano and guitar player's music is a pure example of depth and conviction as he continues to create a vivid and honest testament of his Lyfe. While contemporary music has been criticized for it's inauthentic display, Jennings uncompromising talent appeals to the learning lover in us all.

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Please consider volunteering your time at the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest. 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!


“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.


Ticket information coming soon.

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.


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities are still available. Last years event attracted over 25,000 attendees. This year’s event is even bigger and better and is expected to draw 30,000 visitors from Manatee and the surrounding counties to the Manatee Fairgrounds.