Formerly Big and Mean, Now Nice and gigantic.
The BBQ V, as it is now known, returns for its fifth year of food, music and arts later this month. The event, formerly known as the Big Mean BBQ after popular local band the Big Mean Sound Machine, is looking to continue despite its eponymous band’s hiatus.
The annual event just announced its lineup, boasting 20 acts from a variety of genres who will come together on Aug. 23-24 at 3150 Agard Road in Trumansburg, at one of the GrassRoots offsites.
There’s a deep roster of talent lined up for the event, from singer-songwriters to dance bands to jazz groups to rockers to funk performers and more. The event is being headlined by the Ryan Montbleau Band, RubbleBucket, Driftwood, Sophistafunk, plus 16 other groups filling out the rest of the two day festival. The BBQ is billed as a chance to “bring the community together in order to ignite the body and mind through music and dance.”
The food, of course, is another highlight. The BBQ V will have an array of dishes available, provided by Copper Horse Coffee, The Piggery, Blue Tusk, Franco’s Pizzeria and Silo Food Truck.
Tickets for the event are on sale now online at www.thebbqny.com, and are available at a reduced price before the day of the event. Weekend passes are on sale for $70 until Aug. 22, after which the price jumps to $90 at the gate. Single-day passes can be purchased for $35 until Aug. 22, when the price increases to $45. Camping options are also available.
In a way, the festivities have already started for The BBQ V. The Pre-BQ was held this past weekend, inviting attendees to the Westy in downtown Ithaca for a warm-up event. The Pre-BQ also featured performances by Driftwood, as well as ticket giveaways.
The event is in need of volunteers to help set up and work the BBQ, and those interested can sign up via the Google form on the event’s Facebook page.