Exclusive: Windy City Smokeout Announces 2018 Lineup
The BBQ, craft beer and country music festival returns to Chicago from July 13–15, 2018, for the sixth consecutive year. According to a press release, organizers expect more than 50,000 fans on Grand Avenue near the Chicago River for the three-day event this year.
Chicago barbecue joint Bub City and ACM Award-winning venue Joe’s Bar are hosting the Windy City Smokeout in 2018, and the festival once again features a wide variety of craft beers. The 2018 pitmaster lineup will feature top talent from Chicago and around the country. Windy City Smokeout will also offer non-BBQ options, including savory bites from the Budlong, Bub City Burger Shack, Barrel & Ashes, Sir Kensington’s and Mac Shack, sweets from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits and specialty cocktails from Three Dots & a Dash and Casamigos.
CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Young heads up a Friday night (July 13) lineup that also includes Drake White, Ryan Kinder and more. ACM Awards nominee Eldredge headlines Saturday night (July 14) after a day of music from artists including Aaron Lewis and Ashley McBryde, while the Grammy-nominated Brothers Osborne lead a Sunday (July 15) lineup that includes hot rising star Walker Hayes. See the full lineup below.
Festival passes are currently available at www.windycitysmokeout.com. Prices begin at $40 for a general admission day pass and $110 for a general admission three-day pass, with VIP passes priced at $175 for a single day and $509 for a three-day pass.
2018 Windy City Smokeout Daily Lineup:
Friday, July 13
Drake White and the Big Fire
Saturday, July 14
Sunday, July 15
2018 Windy City Smokeout Pitmaster Lineup
Bub City – Chicago, Ill. (Pitmasters: Doug Psaltis, Christian Eckmann)
17th Street Barbecue – Murphysboro, Ill. (Pitmasters: Mike Mills, Amy Mills)
Against the Grain – Louisville, Ky. (Pitmaster: Andrew Ott)
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, Ga. (Pitmasters: Jonathan Fox, Justin Fox)
Hogapalooza – Wynne, Ark. (Pitmaster: Kelly Dallas)
Home Team BBQ – Charleston, S.C. (Pitmasters: Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan)
Hometown Bar B Que – Brooklyn, N.Y. (Pitmaster: Billy Durney)
Jack’s Old South – Rochelle, Ga. (Pitmaster: Myron Mixon)
Leroy & Lewis BBQ – Austin, Texas (Pitmaster: Evan Leroy)
Lillie’s Q – Chicago, Ill. (Pitmasters: Charlie McKenna, Quito McKenna)
Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, Ariz. (Pitmaster: Scott Holmes)
Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, Texas (Pitmaster: Louie Mueller)
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – Nashville, Tenn. (Pitmaster: Patrick Martin)
Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis, Mo. (Pitmaster: Skip Steele)
Peg Leg Porker – Nashville, Tenn. (Pitmaster: Carey Bringle)
Rodney Scott BBQ – Charleston, S.C. (Pitmaster: Rodney Scott)
Sam Jones BBQ – Winterville, N.C. (Pitmaster: Samuel Jones)
Smoque BBQ – Chicago, Ill. (Pitmaster: Barry Sorkin)
The Salt Lick – Driftwood, Texas (Pitmaster: Scott Roberts)
Ubons – Yazoo City, Miss. (Pitmaster: Leslie Roark Stark)
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