The Brampton RibFest headline act tonight was Journey tribute band Absolute Journey.
Fronted by Steve Perry look-alike Riccardo Curzi, the band has made several appearances at the yearly RibFest held downtown in Gage Park, and considers this event their kickoff to the summer tour season.
Toronto-based drummer Jeff Salem, below, finishes off on a crash cymbal.
Paul Ross on bass, Kevin Wideman on keyboards, and Lee Nichols on guitar round out the tribute quintet.
The Brampton Rib’n’Roll is the first stop in the season’s Rotary Ribfest schedule for 2015 and people come out to downtown’s Gage Park in droves to lineup for charcoal seasoned and barbeque sauced ribs.
Music is also a large part of the weekend as a number of bands take to the stage to entertain, including Peterborough-born Elyse Saunders, below, who showcased her country music style with her five piece band backing her up.
Saunders has been a contender for CMAO’s Female Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and her current single ‘Just Like Mama’ is in radio rotation on stations from Canada to Japan, The Netherlands and Spain.
Adriel Casillas, below, helps P&P Catering’s owner Paul Trasias keep the food cooked to perfection at their booth in the park.
Trasias and his local catering company have been cooking ribs every year at the Ribfest – about 1500 for the weekend – but decided this year to forego the ribs in favour of standard hamburger, hotdog, and sausage fare. (I know I was disappointed because I think P&P’s ribs are the best on the block!)
For those that did cook ribs, wearing goggles was a necessity to keep the smoke out of one’s eyes, below.
And Journey tribute band Absolute Journey, with lead singer Riccardo Curzi, below, taking up the personna and vocals of Steve Perry, entertained the crowd Saturday evening.