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New Rochelle Musician Plays At Ridgefield Festival

New Rochelle native Michelle DeAngelis will perform during this weekend's Ridgefield Gone County BBQ Festival.
New Rochelle native Michelle DeAngelis will perform during this weekend's Ridgefield Gone County BBQ Festival. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle resident Michelle DeAngelis will perform during the third annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival in Saturday and Sunday at the historic Lounsbury House.

The festival will include world-champion barbecue competitors, rides, games and good eats for the entire family. Live local bands from throughout Fairfield County will perform on the outdoor stage during the festival and play a multitude of genres including rock, country, jazz and funk.

First to the take the festival stage on Saturday will be singer-songwriter Jerome Goosman of Wilton, followed at noon by pianist Michelle DeAngelis of New Rochelle.

The rest of the Saturday lineup includes the classic rock band Kings and Queens, who will rock the stage before turning it over to Bethel native Joe Pacelli and Danbury’s own Jesse Lynch, two multigenre performers who play everything from reggae-funk and blues to alternative rock and folk.

The Red Hots, a Danbury-based duo, will bring new life to jazz and blues standards with their blend of unique vocals, a ukulele/guitar mix and driving percussion. Sloppy Joe and The Lunch Ladies, whose members hail from Fairfield, Westport and Weston, will wrap the Saturday line up with improvisational funk, salsa and rock.

On Sunday, Carmel resident Erik Krieg will open the festival with guitar music. Next, an indie Americana/Classic Rock/Country band from Danbury, New Incarnation, will play in the afternoon while Newtown natives songwriters Lucinda and Michael wrap the Festival with pop and rock melodies.

More than 40 barbecue masters from across the globe will compete in the Connecticut State Barbecue Championship. During the competition, guests can enjoy carnival rides (including a mechanical bull) and food from vendors selected by the barbecue committee.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 12. For a schedule of performers – and to purchase tickets – visit www.RidgefieldBBQCT.com . The event will be held from 11a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and from 11a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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