Rhythm & Q’s BBQ and Live Music Competition will be held Friday & Saturday, October 18 – 19, 2019 at “Festival Park” at The ROB in downtown Lake City. Including 33 top-tier BBQ cook teams, 3 “Drew’s Dream” musical performers, and 6 Clash at the Crossroads Live Music Competition acts of various genres, Rhythm & Q’s is set to award over $45,000 in cash prizes plus perks. Award-winning country music superstar Easton Corbin will close the festivities with a FREE grand finale performance. In addition to an abundance of live music and BBQ, the weekend will feature a Boat Show by Marshall’s Marine, bourbon tasting, kids’ activities, the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Memorial 5K Run/Walk, and more!
With $24,500 up for grabs, Rhythm & Q’s boasts the largest top prize in the state for competition BBQ. The festivities kick off at 5:00pm on Friday, beginning with live performances from 3 “Drew’s Dream” musical acts. Created in honor of Mr. Drew Braxton Ridout, the Clash at the Crossroads “Drew’s Dream” award package was affectionately designed in conjunction with Drew’s family to honor his legacy and celebrate his passion for music and the arts. A native of South Carolina, Drew was an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. To accompany the live music, the “Wing Ding” Chicken Wing Cook-Off will be held on Friday night as well. Provided with 40 pounds of quality chicken wings, competition teams will cook, sauce, and present their best BBQ wings to local officials for judging. Festival attendees will have a veritable smorgasbord of wings to enjoy, and additional food vendors will be on site as well.
Saturday is a day full of beats, booze, and BBQ. The day’s events begin with the “Hog Wild” BBQ Competition, featuring ribs and Boston butts prepared by certified grilling gurus. Each team will offer up Boston butts and racks of ribs to a panel of qualified South Carolina Barbeque Association judges. A “Big Bad Bourbon Tasting”is also on Saturday’s schedule. Tickets for this tasting can be purchased in advance on the Rhythm & Q’s website. The Clash at the Crossroads Live Music Competition showcasing six multi-genre performing finalists from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee will run from 1:00pm – 5:30pm, with a panel of music industry professionals in attendance for judging. Three of the six performers will be chosen as the “Clash” champions, with a total $15,500 in cash prizes awarded in addition to perks. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 6:00pm to announce & celebrate the winners of the BBQ & Live Music Competitions. Rhythm & Q’s will wrap up in grand style with a free performance by country music headliner Easton Corbin at 8:00pm.
For more details including schedule of events & tickets for VIP or the Big Bad Bourbon tasting, visit www.rhythmnqs.com.