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Ribfest 2010 – First Day

Bob and I attended Warren’s 7th annual Ribfest this afternoon. Today was the first day of the Ribfest; the event will continue through Sunday. Ribfest highlights include socializing with friends, live concerts and the food. Also, Ribfest has vendors, crafters, an exhibit from Wild Wood Animal, and puppet shows and other entertainment for children.

This year’s Ribfest features five ribbers: Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ Team, Sgt. Oink’s Co. Ltd., Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue, My Happy Place BBQ, and Two Fat Guys Bar-B-Q. This afternoon we ordered an early dinner from Aussom Aussie. Bob purchased a pulled pork sandwich; I purchased a pulled beef sandwich. Both sandwiches were delicious and very filling.

We enjoyed the company of another couple, while eating. I know Bill B. from when I worked at the credit union. He was a customer. I met Bill’s wife for the first time today. We talked mostly about young girls growing up much too fast. This particular conversation got started because I recalled that Bill and his wife have two daughters. I inquired as to their whereabouts, and the conversation took off from there.

We arrived at Ribfest in time to listen to Paul Eisert in concert.

This was the first time that we heard Paul sing.

The concert was enjoyable.

Paul’s bio, obtained at his website, states the following:

“Paul Eisert is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who performs original songs and covers, and has recorded and released a solo CD of original material, entitled “Wordsongs”, which is available from Paul. When asked what kind of music Paul writes, he might say “…Songs of love, songs of life, songs I’ve written for my wife, songs of faith, songs of hope, a song about losin’ a friend to alcohol and dope, songs of joy, songs of pain, songs about sunshine, songs about rain, songs about just about everything… I just love to play and sing…” Paul has performed in and around Erie, PA. for more than 25 years, and in the Warren, PA. area for the past 14 years. He’s played many of the bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as fairs and festivals in both areas. Some of the artists Paul covers include: The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Chapin, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. Some standards from the thirties & forties include ‘Blue Moon’, ‘All of Me’, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘Sunnyside of the Street’. His extensive songlist includes folk, rock, country, pop, oldies and standards, as well as his large collection of original songs, and it is always expanding. Paul establishes a great rapport with his audiences. He passes out his songlist and loves to take requests (if he doesn’t know one, he’ll fake it!). Give him a listen. His lyrics come from his soul. No frills. Just heart.

We expect to return to Ribfest tomorrow and Saturday.

Sean Patrick McGraw at Warren’s Ribfest

On July 12th the Dunkirk OBSERVER included a newspaper article about country singer and songwriter, Sean Patrick McGraw. It is fitting to begin this blog post, which is all about a Sean Patrick McGraw concert, with a link to that newspaper article. Please click here to read More than just a Nashville Star, written by OBSERVER Staff Writer, Joel Cuthbert.

If you have been following my blog, you may recall that Bob and I went to Warren’s Ribfest this past Friday. We didn’t eat anything at the Ribfest on Friday. We were there only to take some pictures for my blog.

This afternoon we returned to the Ribfest, where we dined on pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans and cole slaw from Sgt. Oink’s. We shared a lemonade. Our lunches were delicious. The highlight of our afternoon at the Ribfest, though, was the Sean Patrick McGraw concert. The concert lasted two hours (3:00-5:00PM). As described by McGraw himself, he sang “old school” and “new school” country songs. Neither Bob nor I had heard Sean Patrick McGraw perform. We stayed for the entire concert.

Shortly before the concert ended Bob and I stepped down from our bleacher seats and walked over to a trailer at stage right. Tee shirts and CDs were being sold at the trailer. I bought a CD for $10. The woman selling the CD told me to stick around, that McGraw would autograph the CD for me. I was second in line to have my CD autographed. While we waited for the concert to end, I snapped a photograph of McGraw from the side of the stage.

Sean Patrick McGraw

I also snapped a picture of him when he exited the stage.

When I handed Sean Patrick McGraw my CD to autograph, he asked my name. I said “Linda”. McGraw chuckled as he autographed my CD.

Here is a photograph of Sean Patrick McGraw autographing my CD.

When McGraw handed me the autographed CD, I told him that I had not heard him before and that I enjoyed the concert very much. He thanked me, and I walked away. As I walked away, I looked at Sean Patrick McGraw’s autograph on my CD. I chuckled then too. At some point during the concert, McGraw sang the song “Linda on my Mind”, which I first heard sung by Conway Twitty. Here is a photograph of my autographed CD.

See the caption “Linda, on my mind”? Now, you understand why Sean Patrick McGraw and I chuckled about his autograph!

If you enjoy listening to country music and have a chance to attend a Sean Patrick McGraw concert, don’t miss the opportunity. You will NOT be disappointed!

I will conclude this blog post with Sean Patrick McGraw singing the song “Fiona”. According to Wikipedia, “Fiona” won top honors at the 2008 Independent Music Awards, first place at the American Songwriting Competition and at the Mountain Stages New Song Festival, as well as being named finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition. An esteemed Music Row critic/columnist hailed “Fiona” as “The classiest country rocker I’ve heard all year.” So, I leave you with ……

“Fiona”
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