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RibFest To Raise Money For Rock & Roll Academy

February 28, 2014, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

RibFest To Raise Money For Rock & Roll Academy

The annual RibFest is changing its tune this year with a new sponsor, a new venue and a new slate of performers. This kickoff to summer will also help young musicians with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Southern-fried classic rock from the 70's and hair metal bands of the 80's will fill the musical menu for RibFest.

"Lynyrd Skynyrd never got to play Sioux Falls, South Dakota so this will be a pretty good treat for us, this will be great," Rickey Medlock of Lynyrd Skynyrd said.

"We're going to kick it off full-throttle from day one," Dollar Loan Center owner Chuck Brennan said.

A dozen national acts will try to outperform one another at the W.H. Lyon Fairgournds.

"And I heard that Loverboy is the greatest performing act they've ever had at one of these shows?  Loverboy's great, but you ain't never seen Dee Snider yet," Dee Snider of Twisted Sister said.

"I doubt if Dee Snider and his Twisted Sisters can beat that, but I guess the challenge is on. The gauntlet has been thrown," Mike Reno of Loverboy said.

The good-natured competition is for a good cause. At least half of the proceeds from RibFest will help pay for free music lessons for disadvantaged kids at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.

Every rocker who sets foot inside the academy is awed by this facility.

"This is a great social environment and a great place for kids to centralize from all walks of life," Snider said.

All this RibFest star power to feed young musical minds.

"Our future rock stars are going to be coming out of the room here. I wish I had something like this when I was a kid," Reno said.

Rock & Roll Academy students will perform on the final day of RibFest. To see the full lineup of musicians, click here

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