BBQ Festival and Entertainment
Live blues music, unique arts and crafts, and fantastic food are just some of the things to look forward to for the upcoming Pork in the Park Barbeque Festival in Salisbury, Maryland.
Daily Festival Features:
- Multiple Food Vendors
- Shopping and Crafts
- Beer & Wine Tents
- Childrens' Rides & Amusements
- Plus, Free Live Entertainment
2013 Festival Entertainment Schedule
- 10:00 - 11:30 am - The Larks
- Noon - 2:00 pm -Tom Larsen Band
- 2:30 - 5:00 pm - Smokin Gunnz
- 5:00 pm - Kansas City BBQ Society Competition Awards
- 5:30 - 6:30 pm - TBA
- 8:00 - 10:00 pm - The Marshall Tucker Band
- 11:00 - 12:00 pm - Backfin Banjo Band
- 12:30 - 2:00 pm - The Crawdaddies
- 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm - Eastern Shore Wing War: Amateur and Major League Eating Competition
- 4:00 - 6:00 pm - On the Edge
Picnic is a college band that Stan Robins and Ted Hogue had in the 70's at Salisbury University that has been recently resurrected. Stan's son Matt is taking the place of his uncle Bart on the drums. Picnic adds Zach Graves on the bass and Ryan Ogburn on the keys. Matt's wife, Sarah adds a new dimension to the Picnic sound with her amazing voice. The band now consists of Stan Robins, guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals; Ted Hogue, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals; Matt Robins, drums, vocals; Zach Graves, bass; Ryan Ogburn, keyboards, vocals; and Sara Mitchell Robins, vocals, flute. Their shtick is their vocal, richness and diverse repertoire. You'll find three and four part harmonies in many of their songs. From Bluegrass to Blue Oyster Cult, Adele to Zac Brown, Beach Boys to Santana; Picnic is a smorgasbord of musical memories guaranteed to please the most discerning ear. A little bit of everything; a whole lot of fun!
The Barren Creek Band (BCB) was formed in the early 90's by Dave Davis, focusing mainly on country and oldies covers. BCB's music evolved more into classic rock and roll as some of the band members changed. Today, the band continues with a classic rock theme and has been entertaining folks on the shore for nearly 20 years. The band won the Froggy 99.9 Battle of the Bands competition with the prize of opening the Tangier Sound Country Music Festival before 17,000 country music fans and have had the opportunity to open for Vince Gill, Collin Rae, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Chuck Wicks. They have played numerous venues like Punkin Chunkin, The Nanticoke Riverfest, Labor Day at Longneck, the Delmarva Chicken Festival and other festivals and events throughout the shore.
Founded by guitarist Pete Bozick in the summer of 2002, The Larks began laying down their brand of deep-pocket funky jazz in the resort beaches of Maryland and Delaware to rave reviews almost immediately. In October of that year The Daily Times wrote: “the group shines as a diamond in the rough…breathing new life into a dying genre.” The following year the band was picked up to play what would start a long tradition of appearances at the world famous Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival. By 2005 The Larks had reached a pinnacle in the band's history, prompting the Metropolitan Magazine to call them simply “the area's best jazz band.” Delmarva Nightlife named them one of their “Top Bands of 2006” and that same year, WBOC-TV took note quite astutely that “The Larks are a welcome bright spot on the Eastern Shore music scene. Their vast music knowledge and experience…keeps them a few steps ahead of the pack.”
A major player on the East Coast music scene for the last thirty years, Tom Larsen is one of the most dynamic, original and exciting performers on the blues scene today. Not the run-of-the-mill, business-as-usual blues act, this is a fresh, new direction for blues. Tom features all-original songs with a unique and distinctive new style, delivered with an energized, danceable, house-rockin' show, tailor-made to shake up the audience. Each member of the band is a featured show-stopper in his own right, and inevitably the Tom Larsen "walk-through-the-crowd slide guitar performance" is always the highlight of the event and the one everyone is talking about for months to come! The big shows were featured appearances at the prestigious Cape May Jazz Festival in New Jersey, and a main-stage set at the 5,000-persons-plus iconic Hot August Blues Festival in Baltimore, MD. HAB's founder and CEO, Brad Selko, said "You blew us away Tom! Feel free to use me as a reference for any other festivals you are trying to work with. Tell them to call me!" A seasoned veteran of the festival scene, Tom Larsen is still on the cutting edge of modern blues. Not content to follow the rules and copy the old styles, Tom continues to forge his own trail in the blues world. Get ready to take a walk on the wild side!
Smokin' Gunnz has become one of the East Coast's premiere Southern Rock tribute acts. Acclaimed for their ability to recreate the sound of some of Southern Rock's most respected artists, the four members of Smokin' Gunnz have road tested and honed their sound to a level of perfection that their growing legion of loyal fans have come to expect. The powerful 4 piece southern rock band is dedicated to bringing only the finest live music to the stage with Robert Morris, lead vocals, drummer; Rick Marko, bass guitarist, back-up vocals; Chris Della Porta, lead & rhythm guitarist, back-up vocals; and Mike Brady, lead & rhythm guitars, back-up vocals. The entire band has only one goal, and that is that for their fans to enjoy listening to their music as much as the band enjoys bringing it to them. They are dedicated to bringing only the finest performances to the stage.
In the early fall of 1973 The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. The band's recent release of their Greatest Hits album, in traditional vinyl form, is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn't know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed. More than four decades later, the new vinyl Greatest Hits release takes us back to the early years of The Marshall Tucker Band, both literally and physically.
Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of the Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother's Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals, Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music.
The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name "Marshall Tucker" from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured constantly playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today's music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long- that good music knows no boundaries. Along the way, the band has recorded twenty two studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.
In 1980 Tommy Caldwell died as a result of injuries from an auto accident. In 1984 Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, and Paul Riddle decided to retire. Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks with the blessings of the other three continued to record and perform as the Marshall Tucker Band. 1n 1993 Toy Caldwell, who wrote the majority of their songs, passed away, as did George McCorkle in 2007. Jerry Eubanks retired in 1996 and Doug Gray continues to lead the current band of fine musicians winning new young fans as well as satisfying the loyal fans of several generations.
Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don't Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows.
“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll" says Gray. "They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, Rock & Roll and all things in-between. As we've become older," Gray grins, eyes twinkling, "our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off." Gray also notes that people have gotten "married and buried" to classic MTB songs like "Desert Skies" and "Can't You See". After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.
Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN' RECORDS Label which is distributed by SONY by way of a joint venture with SHOUT! FACTORY and continues to record new material and continues to regularly tour the country to the delight of their fans, old and new.
The Marshall Tucker Band is:
Doug Gray – Lead Vocals
Chris Hicks – Lead & Slide Guitar / Vocals
Pat Elwood– Bass Guitar
Rick Willis – Lead Guitars / Vocals
B.B. Borden – Drums
Marcus Henderson – Keyboards, Saxophone & Flute, Vocals
The Backfin Banjo Band has quite a reputation for fun music, sing-along pleasures and good times. Banjo, piano, saxophone and vocals all add up to Dixieland, Big Band, Roaring Twenties, and more! You may have heard them at the Red Roost and live on stage at the Autumn Wine Festival, now hear them live on stage at the Pork in the Park Barbeque Festival!
A band founded in 1995 on the premise of "why not, it might just work," The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own. The Crawdaddies are Kraig Greff (accordion, piano), Chris Huntington (vocals, guitar), Chris Everett (vocals, guitar, washboard), Bob Hill (drums, vocals) and Dan Hones (bass, vocals). Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.
On The Edge was formed in 1984 and quickly became the Eastern Shore's favorite dance band. Their busy schedule took them up and down the Delmarva Peninsula. The band entertains its audience with a wide variety of pop hits from the sixty's Motown to modern top 40 hits and everything in between, even a little bit of country. In the 90's the band was voted Delmarva Peninsula's Best Dance Band. Shortly after that, On The Edge opened up for Brian McKnight at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. In recent years, On The Edge has performed in New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. They are a regular at Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They have done special performances in Atlanta, Georgia and Indianapolis, Indiana.