Like BBQ? Hogtober 2011 is Saturday

09/25/2011 6:15 AM by

If you’ve been missing the 30-year tradition of a barbeque festival in historic Church Hill, you will be tickled hog pink with this NEW fall BBQ festival, HOGTOBER, produced and run by Style Weekly benefiting the Church Hill Association. We’re bringing back all your favorites to the hill: smoking hot barbecue, foot-stomping bands, and your favorite golden beverages.

The Tradition that Was, High On the Hog, celebrated by Richmonders in historic Church Hill on Libby Hill Park, was a celebration of good neighbors and good cheer. Organized and run by the friends and families in the Church Hill neighborhood, High On the Hog ended on a “high” note in 2006. The new festival, HOGTOBER is not affiliated with the High On the Hog originators.

Style Weekly and the Church Hill Association have partnered together to create HOGTOBER, which will bring BBQ and local music back to the Hill while including new, family friendly aspects that reflect the new mix of residents of the neighborhood today.

BBQ: Local legends Buz &Ned’s, Extra Billy’s, the Halligan Bar and Grill and Alamo BBQ will be serving up delicious barbeque. Be sure to make a hog of yourself and try all of them.

Family Fun: Balloon artists and face painting will be just the thing to send your little piglets home happy. Kids arts and crafts play stations will be the hot spot for all the young ones.

Pig Skin Toss: Local celebs, mascots, and community leaders will have their chance to go head-to-head in a competitive football ring toss. Kids of all ages can show off their quarterback skills.

Proceeds: The Church Hill Association will benefit form the proceeds of the festival. With the money raised from Hogtober; CHA will have the resources to maintain parks and support the Church Hill community.

Volunteers: Thanks to all the volunteers that have signed up to help with the day of event responsibilities. Your commitment is sure to make this event a huge success. If you have not received instructions and confirmation of your shift, please email Jon Ondrak at

This is a FREE, ALL AGES EVENT. NO PETS, NO COOLERS, but go ahead and bring a lawn chair and blankets.


12:30 – Rosie Soul and the Rock’n’Roll Cowboys
“Rosie Soul & The Rock’n’Roll Cowboys are the hottest hard rock party band on the East Coast. Burning through covers from AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Van Halen, Katy Perry, Def Leppard, Ke$ha, Shinedown, Bon Jovi and more, its the ULTIMATE PARTY SOUNDTRACK! Perfect for dancing and rocking out all night long!”

2:30 – The Atkinsons
What started out as a small acoustic outfit turned into a band that took on a life of its own. The Atkinsons meld roots, country, mountain and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. With influences ranging from Old 97’s to Green Day to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Drive By Truckers, their sound ends up being quite a musical stew.

4:00 – People’s Blues of Richmond
Direct to you from Richmond, this young band is taking blues rock to scorching new heights. Their sound is a cross between The Doors and Zeppelin – or maybe an atomic blast and a crashing tsunami. Either way, it’s big and it’s going to knock you down.

5:00 – Jackass Flats
Hard-hitting, original music with gritty rock influences, hitched to a fast and furious bluegrass engine. Jackass Flats picks their way through original material, fresh arrangements of bluegrass standands, and non-traditional tunes from genres as varied as rock, reggae, and jazz.

6:00 – B2B Band
B2B is a Jimmy Buffett Tribute band from Richmond. They also play a wide variety of music that ranges from The Beatles to Kenny Chesney. The main ingredient in any B2B performance is the laid-back, tropical attitude that Jimmy Buffett displays whenever he performs.




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