Entertainment Lineup for the 2017 Kalamazoo Ribfest will be announced in May 2017.

Information below highlights the 2016 entertainment.

Not only will you find some of the best ribs in the world at Ribfest,

but you'll also get to enjoy music from more than 10 bands ranging from local artists to nationally touring legends!

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Ribfest 2016 featuring:


EN VOGUE (Saturday)


Thursday, August 4
4 - 4:45 pm Road to Ribfest winner- Erika Scherry Band
5 - 6:30 pm Megan Rae Band
7 - 8:30 pm Dylan Jakobsen
9 - 10:30 pm Brian Lorente
10:30 - 11 pm DJ


Friday, August 5

4 - 5 pm Rock Your Vote Winners- See This Through
5:30 - 6:30 pm Bonehawk
7 - 8:30 pm Veilside
9 - 10:30 pm Vince Neil of Motley Crue
10:30 - 11:30 pm DJ


Saturday, August 6

11a.m. – 2 p.m. Kalamazoo Academy of Rock (multiple bands)
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Arts Fishing Club
4 - 5 pm  Yolonda Lavender
5:30 - 6:30 pm PopCult
7 - 8:30 pm Starfarm
9 - 10:30 pm En Vogue
10:30 - midnight DJ




Thursday, August 4

BRIAN LORENTE, with that name comes an entertainer whom over the years of performing, writing and studying his craft brings a show like no other.  One of the hardest working individuals you will ever meet, Lorente’s never-quit pace has moved him from solo acoustic shows to one of the premier National Recording Acts in the Midwest.  Backed by an incredible stack of talent in his band, the Usual Suspects, his list of major artists he continues to share the stage with is never ending.  Artists such as Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice and Gretchen Wilson just to name a few from the long list of artists Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects have shared the stage with. Playing wherever the music takes him, major market concerts like Faster Horses Music Festival, The B93 Birthday Bash to The Detroit Hoedown, to the home grown fairs and festivals throughout the region and of course every honky-tonk, club and venue that he can put five guys on a stage on the music and show goes on!

Riding the wave from his last release 2:45, a strong mix of hard hitting country rock grooves to slow love songs that makes crowds of all ages stop and sing along. The album’s most popular track, Stay with Me Tonight, has received industry and radio praise but more importantly fan praise as the song that everyone wants to hear at every show.  Whether it’s the song of love never getting away or the title track 2:45, the song about “cowboying up,” and facing those fears, this third studio  album from Lorente has everything a modern country fan is looking for.

Lorente’s  simple promise to his fans that travel out to see his shows, to always make sure they leave a show entertained and satisfied they got their money’s worth.




Friday, August 5

International superstar, accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist, Vince Neil came to exemplify all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including “Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance. With fifteen years between his last solo album, Vince Neil releases Tattoos & Tequila on June 22, followed by his tell all book of the same name later in the fall.

When not performing, Vince Neil continues to expand and oversee his latest entrepreneurial efforts which include Feelgoods Rock Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach and Las Vegas; Vince Neil Ink, a Las Vegas based tattoo parlor and apparel shop with two locations -- one on the Las Vegas strip and one in the Rio Hotel & Casino; Tres Rios tequila, a high quality, authentic Mexican tequila created from the finest Agave in Guadalajara Mexico; The Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation (www.skylarneil.org), a tribute to Vince’s daughter whom he lost to cancer in 1995 which has raised over $2 million to help combat childhood cancer and his latest venture, Vince Neil Aviation, a luxury air charter service providing the the rock n’ roll commute on either his Lear 35 or Hawker 700 jets.





Saturday, August 6
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En Vogue; Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron-Braggs. The name rings more than a bell. It invokes memories of a long line of red-hot R&B and pop smashes recorded in the 1990s. Songs like "Hold On," "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," "Free Your Mind," and “Whatta Man” featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made famous by the Pop/R&B super group.

Fusing style, sophistication, sass, and sex appeal, the En Vogue formula was magical and the group went on to sell over eight million albums. In total, En Vogue recorded five albums: 1990’s “Born To Sing;” 1992’s “Funky Divas;” 1997’s “EV3;” 2000’s “Masterpiece Theatre;” and 2002’s “The Gift of Christmas.” There have also been several compilations released including 1999’s “Best of En Vogue” and 2001’s “The Very Best of En Vogue.”

In addition to being featured on Elom’s, (star of “Sesame Street”) compilation CD “Elmopalooza!” the group also appeared on the soundtrack “Simply Mad About the Mouse,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” and “Set It Off” with produced the number one hit, “Don’t Let Go”. Group member Terry Ellis also released a successful solo album “Southern Girl” in 1995.

Since En Vogue’s 1990 debut, the ladies, who were the brain child of production team Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, set a standard for female R&B and pop acts like Destiny’s Child and the Pussy Cat Dolls. While En Vogue may have been trendsetters for those who followed them, the group itself began receiving comparisons to The Supremes, especially after internal differences caused original member Dawn Robinson to exit the group in 1997. Fellow member Maxine Jones followed suit and left the group in 2001.

But unlike The Supremes, En Vogue never disbands. Instead, the group exemplified the fortitude of Motown veterans the Temptations and continued to record and perform. Like the Temptations, the remaining original members Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry decided to revamp En Vogue and added new member Rhona Bennett. En Vogue also finds fulfillment while on stage. “It’s about connecting with the people”. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.”