Barbecues and rock concerts are much alike in that each makes a great way to spend a summer day but a horrible place to break in a new necktie. Enjoy the pairing of compatible events with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets (a $16 value) and 10 food and beverage tickets (a $14 value) for the Indy Rock and Roll BBQ festival. Admission is good for the single day of your choice: Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, or Sunday, July 3. The event is held in the Victory Field west parking lot beginning at 11 a.m. each day, and admission is free to the public before 6 p.m. on Friday and before 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The inaugural Rock and Roll BBQ, presented by Weber-Stephen Products LLC, melds two of life's most important pleasures in a three-day extravaganza. Vendors such as Big Boned Barbeque, Cowboys Barbeque & Rib Co., and Rick's Smokehouse & Grill cook up ribs, beef briskets, chicken, and more. While mouths roll out their taste-bud-studded welcome mats for the meaty morsels, ears can gobble up the melodies of more than 10 live bands. Friday’s lineup features The Kentucky HeadHunters and The Charlie Daniels Band, Saturday’s tunesters include Puddle of Mudd and Saving Abel, and Sunday’s musical menu includes Soul Asylum, Gin Blossoms, and Loverboy, all taking the stage to perpetuate the synthesis of music and barbecue first explored by Mozart’s The Magic Brisket.