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Posted in , on 16 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

Music for the masses

Music is an integral piece of this spirited event, with buzz-worthy bands performing continuously Saturday & Sunday on the main stage in Madison Square Park, adjacent to the Beer & Wine Garden and just across from Shake Shack . Live performances are free and open to all guests.


With a shared passion for country roots, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass and mountain music, singer/songwriter Elena Skye and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners front the NYC-based Demolition String Band. Their paths first crossed at an independent bookstore in Hoboken, N.J. co-owned and managed by Elena, and their after-hour jams led them to eventually form a band. With a truly memorable collection of songs, the Demolition String Band loves to thrill with their dangerous rhythm section, or pick and sing old-school around a single microphone while juggling banjo, mandolin and guitars. The duo is known for weaving rustic, taut harmony vocals with tall tales of truth, joy, heartbreak, and redemption.

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Bernie Williams discovered his love for baseball and music at roughly the same time, when at the age of eight he fell in love with the sounds of a flamenco guitar his merchant-marine father brought home from Spain. Throughout Williams’ 16 years with the Yankees, his passion for music never waned, and the sound of his guitar would often be heard emanating from the clubhouse or during team flights. Whether acoustic or electric, a guitar was a constant presence in the star’s locker or equipment bag, and it was no surprise when he demonstrated how serious his musical pursuit was with the release of his first album, The Journey Within in 2003. The record featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ Latin heritage and was met with both strong critical praise and instant chart success- reaching #3 on Billboard’s “Contemporary Jazz Chart.”His second album, Moving Forward debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album in the country, and spawned two consecutive Billboard #1 singles, Go For It, and Ritmo de Otono. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009. In May 2015, the Yankees retired Bernie’s uniform number 51, cementing his legacy as an all-time Yankee great. Williams also just graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

In the summer of 2013, Josiah Leming had just completed a grueling tour of the United States. He relocated to Las Vegas where he began teaching himself to fingerpick on a small Martin guitar he’d received as a gift from a fan, and eventually found himself writing songs that fused the plainspoken poetry of American roots music with the emotional drama of Brit-pop. Josiah began performing the new songs live with guitarist Stephen Johnson and bassist/percussionist Josh Nyback. Under the name Josiah & The Bonnevilles, they landed a residency in LA that quickly garnered a devoted fanbase. The power of the live shows and the audience reactions inspired Leming to bring his new bandmates into the studio in LA with co-producer/mixer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Paul McCartney) to flesh out several tracks and finally complete work on the album Cold Blood.

Singer/songwriter David Ryan Harris has been performing since the 1980s, when he fronted the Atlanta-based rock group Follow for Nows. The band drew its inspiration from a wide stylistic palette – everything from Stevie Wonder-style soul to Bad Brains thrash to bluebeat bounce. Harris then produced and played guitar on ex-Arrested Development vocalist Dionne Farris’s 1995 debut, Wild Seed – Wild Flower. Harris also served as musical director of Farris’ live band before starting his own solo career in 1997. Harris then joined forces with former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and drummer Kenny Cresswell to form the Brand New Immortals, a power trio that generated substantial buzz over their full-length debut, Tragic Show, before returning to solo work. He has since released three albums – Soulstice, The Bittersweet and Lightyears.

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Posted in , on 3 June 2016, by , 0 Comments

Raleigh, NC

Menu: Whole Hog or BBQ Smoked Turkey

Legendary Pitmaster Ed Mitchell returns to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with his son Ryan. An incredibly talented father-son duo, Ed and Ryan look forward to serving their family legacy of the most tasteful whole hog BBQ in the south to guests at the 14th Annual event. Longtime fans will remember Ed as one of the original pitmasters who helped establish the Big Apple Block Party as one of the most exciting food and music festivals in the country. A native of Wilson, North Carolina, ‘ known for its eastern style vinegar based BBQ,’ Ed’ s passion began in early childhood where his family would celebrate– whether holiday, special occasion, or end the tobacco season – with amazing barbecue. A grandson of small farmers, Ed learned at an early age how to prepare whole hogs using a 150-year old method taught to him by his father and grandfather. Although education, work-life, and military experiences took him away from family traditions for a period, they came flooding back immediately upon returning to Wilson and the family business. Ed’ s commitment to authentic whole hog barbecue and farm-raised animals places him in a unique position within the culinary community, and one of the nation’ s most sought-after Pitmasters. Ed is featured prominently in episode of Michael Pollan’ s award-winning documentary, “COOKED,” which considers the cross-cultural tradition of barbecue and cooking with fire. Barbecue as togetherness is the passion and philosophy that drives the Ed Mitchell brand. Visit Ed Mitchell’ s Que @ the Creek in Raleigh, NC, to enjoy his family’ s tradition and legacy serving the best barbeque in the Carolinas

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Posted in , on 16 April 2016, by , 0 Comments

The 4-1-1

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is the nation’s largest culinary and music festival dedicated to the best in barbecue. The free, weekend-long event is set in the heart of New York City. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the festival to enjoy mouthwatering ’cue from the world’s most celebrated Chefs and Pitmasters.

14th Annual Event
Madison Square Park, NYC
June 11 – 12, 2016
11 AM – 6 PM

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in and around Madison Square Park.

– Madison Avenue, from East 23rd Street through East 27th Street
– East 26th Street, from 5th Avenue through Park Avenue

No, the event is free and open to all! Incredible barbecue is available for $10/plate, and guests can purchase beer, wine, and more throughout the event.

FastPass tickets are available for all those interested in beating the lines. The FastPass guarantees access to the express lanes for the bearer and one guest throughout the weekend, in addition to $100 towards food, wine, beer, and merchandise. Please visit http://bigapplebbq.org/tickets/ to score one today.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to present the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. 2016 marks the first year the Madison Square Park Conservancy is both the owner and beneficiary of the festival. To date, the event has raised over $1Million for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, in support of the park’s beautiful grounds, world-class programming, cultural events, and beyond.

Yes. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party welcomes guests of ALL ages. Please note, “Big Wig” ticket holders who wish to bring a child into the VIP tent must remain together at all times.

No, the entire event is free – music included! Listen to great live music all weekend long at the stage in Madison Square Park.

Yes, please do! The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a celebration of the country’s best barbecue – which is perfectly suited for its Madison Square Park home. All guests are welcome to bring their own picnic essentials, though lawn space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Absolutely! The event takes place in, and around, Madison Square Park – which is open to all guests throughout the weekend.

Yes! The festival takes place in pet-friendly Madison Square Park – which even features an enclosed dog park for all our furry friends.

For general inquiries, please contact info@bigapplebbq.org

Please direct any media inquiries to our communications team at press@bigapplebbq.org, and we’ll be in touch soon.

We’re always seeking out great partners, please direct any inquiries to ashah@bigapplebbq.org and a member of our sponsorship team will be sure to respond.

It sure is! We’re thrilled to offer a limited number of FastPasses for the 2016 event, providing access to expedited service for barbecue, beer, and wine throughout the weekend.

We’ve re-imagined the FastPass experience so it’s faster and better for all. In addition to limiting the number sold, we’re also creating separate, more efficient FastPass-dedicated lanes to ensure the 2016 event is wonderful for all guests (with a FastPass, or without), as well as the pit crews out there smoking great eats for us all, all weekend long.


The FastPass package includes:
– FastPass and one (1) Companion Pass
– Exclusive access to express lanes throughout the weekend for bearer and one guest
– $100 towards food, beverage, and merchandise

BIG WIG VIP PASS – $275 (per person)

The Big Wig VIP package includes:

– FastPass and one (1) Companion Pass
– Private VIP Tent: shade-filled respite, open bar, and bites
– Access to a Private VIP Area for Pass Holder and one (1) companion: shade-filled respite, open bar, and bites
– Exclusive access to express lanes throughout the event for bearer and one guest
– $100 towards food, beverage, and merchandise

The “Big Wig” VIP Pass is offered by day, with one passing providing access for the Pass Holder and one companion. A “Big Wig” VIP Pass provides access to the VIP area on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the day selected. A separate “Big Wig” VIP Pass is needed for each day.

All purchases are final. Regretfully, no exchanges or refunds are possible. Please contact our ticketing partners at Front Gate for additional questions regarding your order: support@frontgatetickets.com or 888.512.SHOW (7469).

We regret to hear you’re unable to join us at the 2016 event. Unfortunately, all sales are final. For additional information, please review purchase terms: http://www.frontgatetickets.com/support/terms/

Only 2016 FastPass and “Big Wig” VIP Passes are accepted at the 2016 event. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Remaining balances from previous years are not honored at this year’s event, nor will they be in the future. We encourage you to make the most of your 2016 FastPass with friends & family this year!

Absolutely. When making your purchase, please indicate the alternate shipping address.

“Big Wig” VIP Passes will ship 2-4 weeks in advance of the event.

If you selected priority delivery, but have yet to receive your Pass, please contact our ticketing partner, Front Gate Tickets via email support@frontgatetickets.com or by phone 888.512.SHOW (7469).

Admission to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is free and open to the public. Guests to not need a ticket to attend.

Some of the best barbecue in the world is available throughout the event for $10/plate. Guests purchase ’cue directly from Pitmasters at their individual rigs (see site map for layout).

Beer, wine, desserts, and more are available for purchase throughout the event. Cash, credit cards, and Apple pay accepted throughout the event.

The festival is rooted in a deep appreciation for the culinary traditions of barbecue. The culinary talent features the absolute best Chefs and Pitmasters from around the country. Each Pitmaster takes great pride in the craft of real-pit barbecue – cooking the meat low and slow to achieve the desired texture and flavor.

Incredibly, they’re out here smoking 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. Each dish averages between 12 – 16 hours in the smoker before it arrives in your hands. If you think about it, the time you may spend in line isn’t all that bad considering the patience and passion they’re putting in to make sure it’s exceptional!

FastPass and “Big Wig” VIP Tickets are non-refundable. However, 2016 ticket holders are welcome to transfer their passes to friends or loved ones who are 21+ years old.

No! The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a rain or shine event.

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Posted in , on 2 April 2015, by , 0 Comments

Once upon a time...

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is the nation’s largest culinary and music festival dedicated to the best in barbecue. The free, weekend-long event is set in the heart of New York City. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the festival to enjoy mouthwatering ’cue from the world’s most celebrated Chefs and Pitmasters.

Founded in 2002 by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has evolved from a single-street affair on 27th Street to a large scale annual festival that stretches across a handful of city blocks in and around Madison Square Park. In addition to all the wonderful sites, smells, tastes, and sounds, guests can feel good about the event’s charitable mission, with proceeds benefitting the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since inception, over $1.3 million has been donated to MSPC  to support its beautiful gardens, amenities, and world-class art and civic programming.

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Posted in , on 9 February 2015, by , 0 Comments


What's Good

Looking Back - The 2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, by the numbers...

Pounds of Ribs
Pounds of Pork
Gallons of Beer & Wine
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