The entertainment lineup for Kalamazoo Ribfest has been announced. Motley Crue veteran Vince Neil and En Vogue will headline Ribfest at Arcadia Creek Festival Place.Country artist Brian Lorente will begin the festivities on Thursday, Aug. 4th, at Ribfest, which has a new name sponsor this year, the Neighborhood Michigan Ford Dealers.

Also a new event on Thursday night, A "Best Ribs in Kalamazoo" tent featuring Kalamazoo's best local rib vendors. Purchase the "Best Ribs in Kalamazoo" ticket for Thursday night and you'll have admission to the festival as well as entry to the special tent where you'll receive sampling tickets to try from all the local rib vendors featured there. Tickets are just $25 and include 10 sampling tickets for the local rib vendors, and you can then submit your vote for your favorite to win "Best Ribs in Kalamazoo". (Tickets are limited to the first 200.)

Brian Lorente

Photo courtesty of Brian Lorente

Brian Lorente, is one of the hardest working individuals you will ever meet, His never-quit pace has moved him from solo acoustic shows to one of the premier National Recording Acts in the Midwest. Backed by an incredible stack of talent in his band, the Usual Suspects, his list of major artists he continues to share the stage with is never ending.  Artists such as Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice and Gretchen Wilson just to name a few.

In addition to Lorente's performance, Kalamazoo's Country 102.5 will also offer a contest for local bands to submit entries to open on Thursday night of Ribfest. More details to come in May on these opportunities!

En Vogue

The Saturday night headliners are 90's R&B stars En Vogue. Songs like "Hold On," "My Lovin'

(You're Never Gonna Get It)," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," "Free Your Mind," and “Whatta Man” featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made famous by the Pop/R&B super group.

Vince Neil

Vince Neil came to exemplify all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including “Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award. With a biography and new album coming this summer, Neil will be at the forefront of enterainment headlines.

Ribfest Tickets

A couple of other new things about Ribfest in 2016: VIP tickets are available for Friday and Saturday night so you can watch Vince Neil or En Vogue in style! Included with your $40 VIP ticket is entry into Ribfest and access to the VIP tent where you'll have an exclusive section close to the stage for viewing, VIP port-a-jons, your own beer station, and catered appetizers available. VIP tickets sell out each year, so get yours early.