If you ask the folks at the Barbeque Joint in Park Circle if they’re Elvis fans or Beatles nuts, we’re betting you’ll get an affirmative for the former. From the music that’s being piped through the Joint’s soundsystem to the art on the wall, Scott Cloud’s BBQ shop has something of a rockabilly vibe, and on Sat. Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Cloud and company are going to let their rockabilly freak flag fly with Rockabillaque.
Not only will there be fine ‘que from the Barbeque Joint, there’ll be a classic car show, a pin-up girl contest, a carnival sideshow, and more good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll than you can handle.
The fest’s producer Simon Cantlon was inspired by a festival he produced in New Mexico on Route 66 earlier this year. “Bands are coming from all over, from Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols who are coming all the way from Maryland to the Bo-Stevens from Winston-Salem to the more local rockabilly band Jason and the Juggernauts,” Cantlon says. For Jason and the Juggernauts, this is a return to the stage because they haven’t played in over a year.
Rockabillaque benefits the Music Initiative and This is Noteworthy, which provides resources and opportunities for musicians. Cantlon says, “I really liked the idea of having a charity involved that benefits the local music community since music is such a huge part of what makes the Rockabillaque festival tick.”