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Posted below please find the list of acts slated to perform on the Southwest General Stage at the 2024 Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest. Be sure to check back to for all the latest updates. We’d also like to extend special thanks to Southwest General for their generous support of our event. To find out when a particular act is set to perform, click here to check our Southwest General Stage Performance Schedule.

The Tea Bags Band

When: Fri, May 24 at 4:00pm
Website: thebash.com/80s-band/the-tea-bags

The Tea Bags BandThe Tea Bags are a 5 piece high energy rock band who perform MEGA Hits from all eras of British artists, with a main focus on the 1980s.

We feature the music of The Beatles, The Clash, ELO, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Wang Chung, Billy Idol, Rod Stewart, The Kinks, Depeche Mode, EMF, Madness, Psychedelic Furs, Flock of Seagulls, The Buggles, Rick Astley, Robert Palmer, The Sweet and many more. The Tea Bags feature 5 vocalists with lush harmonies and tend to run songs together in a medley format for maximum party fun.

Visually the band wears British themed costumes complete with British accents. The Tea Bags have been performing since 2015 in various configurations.

Facebook: @theteabagsband

Follow the Sun

When: Fri, May 24 at 7:30pm
Website: followthesunband.com

Follow the SunEstablished in 2018, Follow the Sun has taken the Cleveland music scene by storm with their distinct sound, diverse taste in music and broad range of vocals. Their members consist of Bob Wick on drums, Richie Jackson on lead guitar, Gene Guercia on rhythm, Ryan Bellinger on bass, and Laura Fedor and Sophie Jackson on lead vocals. With their collective years of experience in the music industry, these six have come together to create a sound that is truly unique and special. Covering a wide variety of musical genres and eras, they strive to have something for everyone; from the 50’s through today, no genre is left behind and they are constantly working on expanding their set list.

The perfect addition to any event or just simply a fun night out at the bar, Follow the Sun is excited to keep bringing the party to Northeast Ohio!


When: Sat, May 25 at 4:30pm
Website: thebandcruisin.com

The Band Cruisin'The Band Cruisin’ was founded by lead singer and sax player Ron Howard in 1986. It’s rare in this business to find a group that has been together for over 30 years. It’s even more unusual for a group to be as successful as Cruisin’.

That success can be attributed to five dedicated guys who have lived and breathed the music of Motown and classic rock, and who consistently perform the high-energy R&B, Motown, and dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s with a style, flair and sound second only to that of the original artists.

If you ever have a chance to talk to Ron about the group and the success they’ve had over the years, he’ll tell you it all revolves around a passion for the music. And it’s this passion that provides the background for Cruisin’s powerhouse performances. Ask anyone who has heard them at Put-In-Bay, Kelley’s Island or anywhere in the 5-state area where they perform, and you’ll be told that Ron Howard and the band Cruisin’ are synonymous with “great entertainment.”

Revolution Pie – A Tribute to the Beatles

When: Sat, May 25 at 7:30pm
Website: revolutionpie.com

Revolution Pie is one of Northeast Ohio’s premier Beatles Tribute Bands. They have played for many thousands of Beatle fans at various events over the last 18 years. Revolution Pie specializes in not just one but every aspect of The Beatles musical history including the early mop top, psychedelic, hippie and rooftop era’s. Their repertoire includes over 100 songs taken from all 13 Beatles albums and covers the entire spectrum of The Beatles stellar recording careers. They use Vox amps, Rickenbacker guitars, the Hofner bass, DW drums and Roland keyboards to achieve the proper sound of The Beatles recordings.

As song recreators, Revolution Pie strives to attain a note for note recreation of the greatest songs ever written both musically and vocally. Their stage show is a high energy, fun filled, family friendly event that everyone enjoys. The band musicians include Ralph Criswell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Chris Spisak on bass guitar and vocals, Peter Telari on drums, Paul Fresty on lead guitar, keyboards and vocals, Mike Carlozzi on keyboards, percussion and vocals and Jim Bossler on rhythm guitar and vocals.

Revolution Pie has performed at Abbey Road on the River, Cleveland Indians Rock N Blast, The Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Clinic Velosano, Cleveland MetroParks, FOX 8 Morning Show, Cleveland Public Square Paul McCartney pre-concert rally, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Komen Race for the Cure, Cleveland Zoo, House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom, Music Box Supper Club, Akron Civic Theater, Kenyon College, Akron Leadership, Legacy Village, Parma Rib N Rock, Northcoast Beatle Fest and Rubber City Beatle Fest. They also opened for music legends Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon and Denny Laine of Moody Blues and Wings. They have performed at many city events and numerous festivals for many thousands of Beatle fans over the last 18 years.

Revolution Pie is…
Ralph Criswell – Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals
Chris Spisak – Bass Guitar and Vocals
Peter Telari – Drums and Percussion
Paul Fresty – ​Lead Guitar, keyboards and Vocals
Michael Carlozzi – Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals
Jim Bossler – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals

Back 2 the Future

When: Sun, May 26 at 1:30pm
Website: sites.google.com/view/back2thefuture80scletribute/home

Back 2 the Future party bandBack 2 The Future is a tribute to high energy, dance and sing-along music from the 80s: Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Journey, Bon Jovi & even one hit wonders.

B2TF is:
Emily: lead vocals
Freddy: guitar, vocals
Joe: bass, vocals
Jake: drums, vocals

Facebook: @facebook.com/Back2TheFuture80sTributeCLE

Jam Machine

When: Sun, May 26 at 4:30pm
Website: jammachinemusic.com

Jam MachineComprised of seasoned veteran musicians, the group provides quality professional entertainment for your event, party or venue.

Upbeat, entertaining; performing a full range of material from classic rock, pop, R&B and dance favorites.

The Jam Machine is…

  • Priscilla – Vocals
  • Tom McBride – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Vince Cirigliano – Drums, Vocals
  • Scott Emerson – Bass, Vocals
  • Mike Binder – Guitar, Vocals

Facebook: @jammachinemusic


When: Sun, May 26 at 7:30pm
Website: boaterhead.com

Boaterhead band photoA Böaterhead show is your escape to a time when t-tops and fine Corinthian leather, terry cloth, and Dr. Scholls were abundant, Jovan Musk filled the air as you were gently seduced by the smooth sounds of Southern California AM gold.

Böaterhead is Cleveland’s six piece smooth rock party band celebrating the hits of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Hear all your favorites, including: Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Player, Jackson Browne, Ace, Toto, Billy Joel, Christopher Cross, and many more. We deliver a professional product of quality musicianship with a highly engaging stage show that appeals to audiences from ages 17 to 77.

Let Böaterhead take you on a musical voyage to your own slice of yacht rock paradise.

Pat Shepard

When: Mon, May 27 at Noon
Website: patshepard.com

Pat ShepardFor the past 23 years, Pat has been entertaining northern Ohio with his original songs that range from comedic to sentimental. He is a regular guest on the Island Time Radio Show, and has entertained crowds in Key West at the world famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar. His album “Bar Room Singer” is available on all platforms.

In addition to Pat’s original work, get ready to hear his extensive array of covers from John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Todd Snider, Pat Dailey, and countless others.

Old Skool Cleveland

When: Mon, May 27 at 3:00pm
Website: oldskoolcle.com

Old Skool ClevelandFrom bars, to concert venues, stadiums, corporate events, weddings, casinos, major sporting events & dance halls … OLD SKOOL has done it all and will keep any dance floor packed all night long!

With an ever evolving song list, they’ll rock anything with that “Old Skool” flava. Paying true to form tribute to the ’80s & ’90s Golden Age of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, Pop, Rock, Funk, and even some classic Disco or Current Hits if the mood is right.

OLD SKOOL takes a fresh approach to the flow of the live show, often featuring hard hitting songblocks, mashups, and medleys that are usually only attempted by the best of DJs. Combine this with choreographed stage moves, throwback style costuming, and top notch musicians playing the songs just like the record, and you’ll see why OLD SKOOL is sure to please live music enthusiasts and dance crazed club goers alike.

So if you’re looking for an unforgettable, high energy night of dancing and fun, be sure to pay your boyz OLD SKOOL a visit. It’s a party of “Back-in-the-Day Throwback Jams” you, your friends, and guests won’t soon forget.

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