The 4th Annual Music City Festival and BBQ Championship  presented by Cumberland, to be held at Nashville’s Riverfront Park & Lawn at Riverfront on August 24-25, will feature American rock bands Grand Funk Railroad and The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson on the Grand Ole’ Porker Stage, as well as GRAMMY® Award-Winning Country artist David Ball, joined by his band The Pioneer Playboys. 

A selection of R&B, Jazz and Blues will be presented by the Nashville Blues Society.  And don’t forget about the BBQ!  Grill Masters from all over the nation will face off in “tong-to-tong” competition for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.  Guests can also enjoy a Cool Cars & Hot Bikes Show, FADD’s Party Bus Kids Zone with interactive play, balloon artists and gaming bus, an old-fashioned Biergarten complete with a variety of craft beers, the Music City Corn Hole Tournament and Hooter’s Hot Wing Eating Championship.


This could be a great mix of all-American roots rock and Nashville Rhythm and Blues.
Tickets can be purchased now for as low as $15—Throw in the “People’s Choice” option for $5 to taste and VOTE for your favorite BBQ dishes.  VIP passes to the Smokin’ Hot Arena, which includes a celebrity “meat and greet,” the best viewing seats of headlining performers, drinks and the best BBQ in the nation, start at $80.  Don’t forget to ask about the special military discountTo purchase tickets, please visit
 Music City Festival and BBQ Championship City Festival & BBQ Championship has donated over $28,000 to charity.  This year’s proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Shriners Hospitals for Children. 


Established in 2008, the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship combines live music, great food and charitable giving and is held annually in downtown Nashville.  Along with entertainment featuring headlining artists, the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship is also one of the few BBQ competitions in the United States sanctioned by both the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society and therefore, has the biggest footprint of any current festival in Riverfront Park. 

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN