Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Illuminate your eardrums with this GrouponLive deal to Ziegfest 2012’s No Excuses barbecue cook-off and rock concert at Whataburger Field from Friday, October 5, through Saturday, October 6. For $15, you get a general-admission weekend pass (up to a $32.50 value, including all fees). The festival’s barbecue cook-off takes place Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues the following day at 11 a.m. The concert’s main start playing on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
No Excuses Barbecue Cook-Off
The smoky scents of slow-cooked brisket, pork spare ribs, and other forms of Texas-style barbecue lure passersby into Whataburger Field’s west parking lot, where Ziegfest 2012 stages a no-holds-barred cook-off sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. Over the festival’s two days, local area chefs and their food vie for palate popularity from judges and festivalgoers in hopes of earning an array of awards. Local bands perform both days to soundtrack the pas de deux ballet of fingers and wet naps.
Pat Green: This Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter blurs boundaries between country, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues with a style he's honed over his 15 years in the music industry. In his latest album, Songs We Wish We'd Written II, Green takes musical cues from the musicians that influenced him the most, covering and reinventing songs originally written by the likes of Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, and Shelby Lynne.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears: This seven-piece band describes itself as a "churning slab of rock & roll, blues, funk, laced with a double shot of 100-proof punkitude." Esquire predicted their imminent breakout after they stormed SXSW in 2009, and they’ve since released the album Scandalous, a nonstop howl fest fueled by brassy horns and hedonistic funk, as heard in tracks such as "Booty City" and "Mustang Ranch."
Shooter Jennings: As the son of the legendary Waylon Jennings, Shooter has been busy adding to his family's legacy as a group of country-music outlaws. After years of playing with his band, the .357s, Shooter released numerous solo albums, including this year's Family Man, featuring the autobiographical ballad "The Real Me."
Bob Schneider: A staple of the Austin music scene, Schneider has serenaded Monday night audiences at Saxon Pub on South Lamar for more than 10 years.
Ian Moore Band: For the first time in 15 years, the original lineup reunites to belt out the soulful, blues-rock hits that made Moore a mid-'90s teenage heartthrob.
Jesse Dayton: The multi-talented songster’s decorated resumé includes being frontman for a rockabilly band and guest musician on the soundtrack of two Rob Zombie films. The Austin American-Statesman dubbed him the "possessor of a tear-stained voice, a lost soul sensibility and probably a high degree of familiarity with the kinds of places mama warned you about."