Michigan Ribs Fest
 

JULY 1 - 4, 2016  

M1 CONCOURSE PONTIAC, MI

Michigan Ribs Fest

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The M1 Concourse Presents Their Inaugural Event
Michigan Rib Fest Weekend – July 1st – 4th
A Festival of Barbecue, Bands & Family Fun

Pontiac – Ultimate Fun Productions and Metro Times kick off the summer in grand fashion, offering an exciting weekend of family fun Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday, July 1st thru the 4th at the brand new M1 Concourse. Billed as an automotive utopia, Pontiac’s new M1 Concourse is situated on 87 acres along Woodward Avenue and features a race track, private garage space for collectors and car enthusiasts, as well as an abundant landscape of event space. Festivities will run from 5pm – 11pm on Friday, noon – 11pm on Saturday, noon – 11pm on Sunday, and noon – 8pm on Monday. Admission is just $3 before 3pm and $5 after 3pm everyday of the festival (kids under 5 years of age get in for free all weekend). Enjoy live music, dozens of food vendors, lawn games, hot lap experience, Kids Zone, and more! In riotous celebration of Independence Day, Ribfest will also feature a breathtaking fireworks display beginning at 10pm on Friday, July 1st. For a complete list of participating vendors, artisans, and the entertainment lineup visit michiganribfest.com.

“We are pleased to host the Michigan Rib Festival at M1 Concourse as our first large scale public event. This event demonstrates the expanded possibilities our automotive focused facility can accommodate. In addition to great food, guests will also enjoy car shows and other family friendly entertainment.” Says Brad Oleshansky, Founder & CEO of M1 Concourse.

“Last year Ribfest made its home in Royal Oak with outstanding results; over 15,000 guests joined us for a holiday weekend of BBQ, live music, and family fun. This year we’ve been warmly invited to host Michigan Ribfest in Pontiac and we’re honored to be the first public event to take place on the immaculate grounds of M1 Concourse. There is so much excitement surrounding this new and unique location, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of that.” Says Matt Flynn, Co-Producer of Michigan Ribfest.

“Last year Ribfest made its home in Royal Oak with outstanding results; over 15,000 guests joined us for a holiday weekend of BBQ, live music, and family fun. This year we’ve been warmly invited to host Michigan Ribfest in Pontiac and we’re honored to be the first public event to take place on the immaculate grounds of M1 Concourse. There is so much excitement surrounding this new and unique location, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of that.” Says Matt Flynn, Co-Producer of Michigan Ribfest.

Michigan Ribfest will showcase an unparalleled selection of unique cuisine, food trucks, and barbecue – along with an extensive selection of adult beverages, including craft beer from Griffin Claw, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel, and MillerCoors; Angry Orchard Hard Cider; as well as cocktails from Skyy Vodka, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Bulldog Gin, Appleton Rum, Forty Creek Whisky, and Espolόn Tequila. Red Bull and plenty of Faygo will be present as mixers and for general refreshment. More than a dozen food vendors will be present throughout the weekend, offering up mouthwatering fare that’s sure to please even the most discerning palate. Check out delicious selections from Old Carolina Barbecue Company, Stonewood Smokehouse, Rub Pub BBQ, Big Moe’s, Smoke Ring BBQ, Detroit BBQ Company, official Ribfest Ice Cream Sponsor Hudsonville Creamery, and many more! For a complete list of participating vendors visit michiganribfest.com/ribs.

FRIDAY
Mark Reitenga
Kung Fu Lovers
Dan Tillery
DJ Thornstryker

SATURDAY
Zander Michigan
Weekend Comeback
Reefermen
The Hand Grenades
Howling Diablos

SUNDAY
Al Bettis
Alise King
Tosha Owens
Ryan Dillaha
Twistin’ Tarantulas

MONDAY
Bobby McManus
Sweet Willie Tea
The Whiskey Charmers
The Blueflowers

With a list of bands as long as the food vendors, Michigan Ribfest presents a carefully crafted entertainment lineup that’s fit for all ages. The Wild Turkey Bourbon Stage will feature some of the state’s most impressive local talent with a range of musical genres and styles performing all day that will please any crowd. The weekend lineup includes local favorites the Howling Diablos, Reefermen, Dan Tillery, DJ Thornstryker, and many more!

Michigan Ribfest is family-friendly with loads of fun for all ages at the Kids Zone, including bounce houses, face painting, and so much more! Guests will enjoy hours of action-packed entertainment with monster truck rides and daily car crushing demonstrations, BMX and skateboard shows, hot dog pig racing, custom car show, and hot laps.

Also part of this annual tradition will be giving back to the community. The event benefits Handy Hearts, a nonprofit that was founded as a way to provide awareness, knowledge, and healing to cancer patients through a variety of methods. Handy Hearts provides wellness packages, connects fighters (& survivors) with naturopathic practitioners and cancer coaches for nutrition, exercise, detox, emotional support & supplement protocols. handyhearts.org

New announcements, band performance times, and full details are available at michiganribfest.com.

About M1 Concourse
The newly constructed M1 Concourse is devoted to everything automotive. Car and motor sport enthusiasts throughout Metro Detroit are jostling to gain a coveted private garage to home their collections. Featuring over 250 climate controlled secure facilities, M1 Concourse also boasts a 1.5 mile performance tract with 1/3 mile straightaway, challenging turns, exhilarating elevation changes and skidpad. Future plans for M1 Concourse include year round event programming such a car shows, concerts and festivals, vehicle demonstrations, and Woodward Dream Cruise festivities. For more information on M1 Concourse, garage rentals, and membership in the exclusive M1 Club, visit m1concourse.com.

About Ultimate Fun Productions
Ultimate Fun Productions produces multiple sell-out events throughout Michigan each year. Some of the co-produced events include: Whiskey Business, Vodka Rox, Sip Savor &Stomp, The Great Lakes Bacon Bash, The Big Grill Burger Bash, Michigan Kids Fest, Oktoberfest, Detroit Detour, Detroit Summer Beer Fest, Royal Oak Beer Fest, Tequila Mundo, Detroit Craft Beer Month, Midwest Highland Games, Canterbury Wine & Beer Festival, Grand Rapids Beer Fest, and New Year’s Eve events. Additionally, Ultimate Fun Productions works with numerous charities such as Help Cerebral Palsy Kids Corp, AIDS Walk Detroit, Handy Hearts, and Vista Maria by donating some of the event proceeds to their causes. UltimateFunProductions.com

About Metro Times
Metro Times has served as the city’s premier, award-wining multimedia source of alternative news, events and culture since 1980. The Metro Times bravely tackles issues that affect the local community and covers the most important people and events in Southeast Michigan, all while growing the brand’s culturally-active audience across its multimedia platforms. Our audience is diverse, nontraditional and difficult to reach through any other advertising source. For 35 years we’ve helped local and regional businesses grow their brand across our multiple advertising platforms; print, digital, social and events. MetroTimes.com

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Other Articles of Interest

M1 Concourse: $550K Garages Part of Race Complex Wow Factor – Seattle Times

M1 Concourse Brings ‘Car Condos,’ Racetrack to Pontiac – Detroit Free Press

Dream of Car Playground Coming to Reality at M1 Concourse in Pontiac – Oakland Press

Race Track, Car Condos Set To Open in Pontiac – The Detroit News