Victoria band Blue Sky is among the multitude of acts performing during this year’s Esquimalt Ribfest, Sept. 7 to 9 at Bullen Park. Photo courtesy esquimaltribfest.com

Musical lineup set for Esquimalt Ribfest

Victoria ‘supergroup’ Cities to headline Saturday show at popular September event

Barbecued food lovers have already got the Esquimalt Ribfest pencilled into their calendars for this September, but now there’s another reason to make a date for Bullen Park.

Ribfest committee organizers have announced that standout local cover band Cities will be the Saturday night headliner for the entertainment portion of this popular gourmet event on Sept. 8.

A Victoria-area “supergroup,” Cities lists among its members Juno Award-nominated singer Adam Kittredge of Jets Overhead, drummer Matt Johnson of the legendary Canadian band 54-40 and renowned horn players Miguel Valdes and Nick La Riviere. Playing high energy classics from Stevie Wonder to modern day anthems from the likes of Daft Punk, this band is expected to liven up the party at the festival.

RELATED: Remembering a Ribfest music icon, the late Jason Buie

Not that there’s any shortage of great and eclectic music over the course of the weekend. The tunes get underway on the Friday at noon with the Jolly Mon Ban, followed by a series of solid local acts that winds up with Eagles tribute band Eagle Eyes at 8:30 p.m.

The Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m. with Hypeman and the Worms, while Big Pacific opens Sunday’s stage at noon. Veteran local bluesman Bill Johnson plays the finale set of the weekend starting at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

On the food side of things, the Ribber Award and People’s Choice presentations happen at 4:30 that day. And five local craft brewers and a winery will be providing beverages to accompany the selection of ribs over the course of the festival.

RELATED: Esquimalt ‘field of dreams’ needs funding boost

Admission to the grounds is free. For more information on the bands or the ribbers, visit esquimaltribfest.com.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Canada’s country music sweetheart brings The Gumboot Kids to town

Jessie Farrell to perform songs from her hit CBC TV series at McTavish Academy of Arts

VIFF wrap-up: Finely crafted films part of festival finale

Monday reviewer Kyle Wells puts a cap on his 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival experience

FILM REVIEWS: Race relations, refugees and racy romances featured at VIFF

Monday reviewer Kyle Wells presents round 2 from the Vancouver International Film Fest

An eye for art: The new and the notable at fall’s premier arts event

Sidney Fine Art Show shares wealth of Island talent Oct. 11 to 13

Astrocolor bringing unique funk-synth sound to the Capital Ballroom

Victoria band known for their festival shows making a rare appearance on their home turf

VIDEO: Ballet Kelowna brings steamy story, A Streetcar Named Desire, to Island

Okanagan ballet company brings a classic tale to the Cowichan Valley

Shark-attack metal band coming to Victoria tonight

Shark Infested Daughters, a Calgary metalcore group, play the Upstairs Cabaret tonight, Oct. 13

STAGE AND SONG: Spotlight on Victoria arts groups

Learn about some of the city’s favourite theatre and musical entertainment options

Island lensman Jim Decker lands three top photography awards

During exciting photo trip to Yap in Micronesia, Cobble Hill man earns trio of firsts

Celebrate Oktoberfest Stein and Dine at the Victoria Public Market

Food, suds and German-style fun on tap at Oct. 20 event

Most Read