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Ribfest at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg

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Justin Moore AP 2013

Justin Moore performs at NASH FM 94.7's "NASH BASH" country music concert at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in New York. He'll be the closing act Ribfest in St. Petersburg on Sunday, November 10. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Slabs of beef and pork slathered in barbecue sauce remain the main attraction at Ribfest, which returns this weekend to beautiful Vinoy Park along the water in downtown St. Petersburg, but live music has also been a big draw over the years.

This year's 25th anniversary of Ribfest features numerous national stars on its main stage with the Friday headliner remaining a "Special 25th anniversary surprise ... If you know rock bands, you will know this band (performing) at 6 p.m.," reads the Ribfest website. As for announced acts, 1980s arena rock titan  REO Speedwagon is scheduled to perform at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

Saturday  is all about 1990s rock in the afternoon with Gin Blossoms (2 p.m.) and Sister Hazel (4 p.m.) before the stage gives way to classic rock heroes Edgar Winter Band (6:15 p.m) and then Steppenwolf performs at 8:30 with original frontman John Kay, the voice behind songs timeless songs as"Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride and "The Pusher."

Country is king on Sunday with Josh Thompson (2 p.m.) and Randy Houser (3:45 p.m.) opening for new Nashville star Justin Moore (6 p.m.), whose recent hits include "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Til My Last Day" and "Backwoods."

Ribfest; Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday; Vinoy Park,  701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; $16 (advance); $20 (at gate) per day; (727) 528-3828;  ribfest.org

Ribfest Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday; Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; $16 (advance); $20 (at gate) per day; (727) 528-3828; ribfest.org
Last modified: November 10, 2013
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