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Nugget Rib Cook Off Lines Up Two Stages of Entertainment


2016-rib-cook-off-051-2-700x530-3244383-9878032The 31st Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off in Sparks, Nevada is almost here. The event, held Aug. 29 through Sept. 4, 2017, brings thousands of rib-lovers to Victorian Square to sample the barbecue crafted by competitors from across the nation. It’s also an event a lot of people look forward to each year.

In addition to savory eats, the Rib Cook Off also attracts some of the best bands to play shows throughout the Labor Day weekend event. This year is no different.

Playing on the Main Stage, the headliners include:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30: The Romantics
  • Thursday, Aug. 31: Night Ranger
  • Friday, Sept. 1: Love & Theft
  • Saturday, Sept. 2: Gin Blossoms
  • Sunday, Sept. 3: Eric Paslay
  • Monday, Sept. 4: A Flock of Seagulls

All Main Stage shows start at 7 p.m., except Monday which begins at 3 p.m.

The Plaza Stage the lineup is all tribute bands, featuring:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30: Bon Fire, a tribute to AC/DC
  • Thursday, Aug. 31: Shades of Twain, a tribute to Shania Twain
  • Friday, Sept. 1: Boogie Nights, classic disco favorites
  • Saturday, Sept. 2: Country Artists, a tribute to Kenny Chesney
  • Sunday, Sept. 3: Life in the Fastlane, a tribute to the Eagles
  • Monday, Sept. 4: Ultimate Stones, a tribute to the Rolling Stones

All Plaza Stage shows start at 6 p.m., except Monday which begins at 1 p.m.

This year’s entertainment lineup is awesome; as usual, the Nugget out-did themselves again. Now, let’s see if last year’s winning cooker, Rasta Joe’s BBQ, can pull off two consecutive wins.

For more information on the 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off visit http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.