Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Savor melodic allure under a ceilingless ceiling with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one ticket to Rib Rock Fest, featuring The J. Geils Band and B.B. King, on Sunday, August 28, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel (a $26.25 value before fees, or up to a $35.25 value online, including all ticketing fees). Seating is located in sections 401 and 405. The festival runs from 3 p.m until 11 p.m., and gates open at 2 p.m. Food and drinks are not included with admission.
Rib Rock Fest nourishes audience members with a red-hot menu of music mixed with a day full of boisterous comedy, games, crafts, and slow-roasted barbecue from the region’s premier pitmasters. Fasten ear bibs for a slathering of sonic sauce as The J. Geils Band, the collective behind such shower-sung hits as “Freeze-Frame,” “Love Stinks,” and “Centerfold,” reunites with prodigal frontman Peter Wolf for a beguiling set of joyful noises. Sprinkling brains with pure, unadulterated bluescraft, unstoppable octogenarian B.B. King extracts heart-bending notes from his famous six-string, Lucille, with the buttery ease and soulful virtuosity of a master sculptor whittling a balsa-wood action figure.