Reno/Sparks, Nev. – A huge part of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off is the nightly free main-stage entertainment. And this year is no different. Rib lovers are sure to enjoy even more of their favorite tunes with their favorite BBQ this coming September 2-7, 2009.
Bands start nightly at 7 p.m.; 3 p.m. on Monday. There is no admission charge.
Wednesday, September 2
Saddle Tramps – Local boys gone Rockabilly-comedy, the Saddle Tramps are a unique fixture on the local and American music scene. Self-described as “corn-fed rock and roll from Sparks (Nev.),” the Saddle Tramps have played Hollywood to Denis Hof parties, and everywhere in between. Shows are an atypical mixture of knee-slappin’ humor and toe-tappin’ country-rock originals and cover tunes, all of which are entirely improvised based on the crowd and the band.
Thursday, September 3
Hot Club of Cowtown – Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be one of the most globe-trotting, hard-swinging Western Swing trio on the planet. From early days busking for tips in San Diego's Balboa Park, the band has grown and developed into a formidable international sensation. The Hot Club's ever-growing presence on the international festival scene has grown with its relentless touring over the years alongside the release of five critically acclaimed CDs on American Roots label HighTone Records. In August 2008 the Hot Club's sixth CD, "The Best of the Hot Club of Cowtown," a hand-picked, band-picked, twenty-song retrospective, was released by Shout!Factory. After a two-year hiatus during 2005-2007 the band went its separate ways, reuniting in 2008 with a packed tour schedule and a new studio CD of original material slated for release in early 2009.
Friday, September 4
Restless Heart – With the release of their first album in 1985, the vocal style of country music group Restless Heart became instantly identifiable – an intertwining five part harmony. They brought a new, contemporary sound to Nashville, a sound with a touch of pop – the sound which so strongly influences the popular country acts of today like Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town. Gold became the standard for the group with the release of that self-titled album. Three more gold albums followed between 1986 and 1991. With an additional six albums released through the years, Restless Heart put 26 hits on the country charts with six #1 hits and nine others in the Top Ten. Cross-over success was also theirs, with six songs making the adult contemporary charts, including taking the #1, #2 and #3 spots.
Saturday, September 5
The Fixx – A London-based new wave group that managed to sustain a successful career in America for several years in the mid-'80s, the Fixx always flirted with the mainstream with their catchy, keyboard-driven pop. Reach the Beach, released in 1983, established them as a hit-making force in the U.S. The terse, pulsating "One Thing Leads to Another" became a number four hit, sending the album into the Top Ten. Reach the Beach would go platinum by the end of the year, launching two more Top 40 singles — "Saved by Zero" and "Sign of Fire."
Sunday, September 6
Jonny Lang - Modern blues in the '90s was dotted with teenage blues guitarists soaring to popularity with their first album. Enter Jonny Lang, a Fargo, South Dakota native, who released his solo debut album Lie to Me when he was 15. A series of critically-acclaimed works followed, as did industry and peer recognition. Lang earned a Grammy nomination and jammed at Mick Jagger’s 56th birthday. The teenager hung out with Eric Clapton and played a gig at the Clinton White House. A dozen years later and seasoned by life’s travails, the newly married and vice-less Lang released Turn Around, his fifth album with work representing the ever-changing spirit and motivations of a gifted musician.
Monday, September 7
The Iguanas - Hailing from New Orleans, where Latin and Caribbean music have a long and glorious history of interaction with R&B, blues and jazz, The Iguanas was formed in 1989 by guitarist/ accordionist Rod Hodges and Joe Cabral, who alternates between saxophone and a traditional Mexico stringed instrument known as the bajo sexto. The two also share lead vocal duties. The current lineup features bassist Rene Coman and drummer Doug Garrison, and the band has emerged as one of the most popular bands in one of the world’s most musical cities.
The 21st annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, the country’s largest outdoor barbeque, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 through Monday, September 7, 2009. For reservations, event history and information call (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300, or click here! Do the Nugget Tonight!