Rock Festival, Ribs & Ridges returns to Augusta

He will be joined by three Hall of Fame rock and roll recruits – Dave Mason, legendary singer-songwriter Don Felder, and Artemis Bale – country rock pioneer Jim Messina at the 12th annual Rock Festival, Rips & Ridges presented by Franklin Sussex Auto Mall starting June 24-26 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.

Southern rock stars Molly Hatchett and Duane Bates will headline this year’s annual summer bash, which features 11 artists over a three-day weekend in a picturesque park-like setting in the heart of Sussex.

Tickets are now on sale at

“We are proud to continue to attract the biggest stars to our stage and this year featured Jim Messina, a legendary artist who created country rock, and the largest rock and roll Hall of Famers lineup ever,” said festival executive producer Howard Freeman. From promo 1. “It’s going to be a great weekend and the place to go this summer.”

An undisputed expert in the art of the hit music industry, Jim Messina’s legacy of musical genius spans five decades, three supergroups, a vibrant solo career and dozens of production and engineering credits (“House At Pooh Corner,” “Your Mama Don” Dance,” Nice woman”, “You better think twice”).

After his time with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield, Messina and bandmate Richie Foray formed Poco and defined a new musical genre, country rock.

Then he went to work with the then-unknown Kenny Loggins. Jim agreed to sit on Kenny’s debut album; Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina “Sittin’ In” launched an episodic duo that over the next seven years would enjoy eight hit albums, have dozens of hit songs and sell over 16 million albums, and Loggins & Messina became one of the most successful duo of the 1970s.

Dave Mason (“Feelin’ Alright”, “We Just Disagree”) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 as a founding member of Traffic. During his long solo career, he has written over 100 songs, three gold albums and one platinum album.

In addition to achieving success, Mason has collaborated with an enviable list of music industry professionals… Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Jim Capaldi, to name a few.

Don Felder is a legendary singer-songwriter, a 1998 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles, a New York Times bestselling author, and a true rock and roll guitar hero.

Felder spent 27 years with the band Eagles, who owned the recording franchise of the best-selling album of all time – Greatest Hits (1971-1975) – which sold more than 38 million copies (and counting). He co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Hotel California” and “Victim of Love”.

Continuing to give people what they want, fan favorite Artimus Pyle from Lynyrd Skynyrd is back.

Bale’s signature strong double drumming helped define Skynyrd’s legendary sound, which includes the classics “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Freebird,” “What Your Name,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Saturday Night Special,” and “That Smell.” . “

1970’s Molly Hatchett (“Flirtin’ With Disaster,” “Gator Country,” “Whisky Man”) combined dance, blues, and hard rock with the then-evolving Southern rock scene, making them one of the genre’s defining bands — and it’s evident to this day. in their grueling live shows.

Dwayne Bates’ musical journey includes sitting with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s The Allman Brothers, a long stint in which he plays alongside his father Dickie Bates, and collaborating on the Allman Betts band. Now an accomplished musician and a brilliant songwriter, he will join Duane in Rock and Ribs & Ridges by Berry Oakley, Jr. and Johnny Stachelle.

Since first taking the stage with revisited Creedence Clearwater in 2011, Revisiting Creedence’s Dan McGuiness and Kurt Griffey have spearheaded the legendary tour group and have performed nearly 1,000 concerts worldwide, rocking CCR’s famous catalog, One of America’s greatest party ever hooks up.

In addition to the music, attendees can also enjoy delicious barbecue served by top competitive barbecue rib chefs from across the country, handcrafted beer and more as they enjoy great music and the great outdoors.

Shaded VIP seating, Miller Mezzanine reserved table seating, weekend camping, and on-site RV accommodation options add to the unique festival atmosphere. A Friday Night “After Party” campfire, a camper-only campfire Saturday evening, and “Sunday Morning Get Together” with free coffee and cake make the fan experience even more enjoyable.

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