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Alan Gray is the Editor-in-Chief of Baret News. He is fanatical about spelling and grammar, but sometimes has problems with American word usage, such as "momentarily." When told his plane will land momentarily, he expects a "touch and go" landing, not to land in a few moments!

Professionally produced by HDE Agency, The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival’s entertainment lineup will be headlined by double platinum recording artists, Smash Mouth.

Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and are best known for their number one hits, “Walkin’ on the Sun”, “All Star” and for their covers of The Monkees classics, “I’m a Believer” and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” which were featured on the Shrek soundtrack. Their fun, pop sensibility mixed with a 60’s garage band vibe will keep The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival upbeat, family friendly and enjoyable for all.

Additionally, California based rock band, Hoobastank will perform a collection of their best hits mixed with songs from their new album, Fight or Flight. Hoobastank is best known for their hit “The Reason” which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004.

On the local frequency stage, a dozen bands including Arizona’s own Bird City, Cartoon Lion, Versions of You, Good Rust, Ethan 103, We Were Strangers, Inept Hero, Moment of Ruin, We Are Searchers, Black Bottom Lighters and Howard Til’ Midnight will perform. Also, Cali-Reggae rock band, 80 Proof will bring their up tempo blend of reggae, rock, pop, blues and soul.

Other event highlights include themed activities, an expanded kid’s zone hosted by Radio Disney, eating competitions and much more. Some additions to the 2013 event include water activities, family friendly entertainment and more of what everyone comes for—BBQ & beer!

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The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival is shaping up to deliver Arizona’s biggest and most delicious BBQ event ever!

HDE Agency is pulling out all the stops this year with a massive event planned that includes over 100 exhibitors, and more than 30 BBQ vendors from across the nation serving up over 20,000 lbs of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken paired with the state’s finest craft beer.

General admission tickets are $10 and that includes entry into the event at noon. For a limited time, VIP admission tickets are available through presale only at $98 each. VIP includes catered food by Porkopolis, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, private restrooms, private seating and up front access to national headlining entertainment by Smash Mouth and Hoobastank.  VIP is for guests 21 years and older ONLY. Visit www.chandlerbbq.com to purchase presale and VIP tickets.

For more event information be sure to “like” this event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bbq.beer.music and follow us on Twitter @BBQBEERFESTIVAL for entertainment announcements, a chance to win free tickets and more event details as they roll out.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include Bashas’, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Company, BBQ Island, AZ BBQ Club, Local First AZ, Yelp, 98 KUPD, Porkopolis, Bulleit Bourbon, Woodcraft, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, One Community, Food & Flourish, Phoenix Bites, Local Lily, ASU Gammage, White Water, UltraStar, and Dickel Bourbon who all remind you to enjoy BBQ and beer responsibly.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable foundation. The DCCF is responsible for the fundraising activities of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). They provide a conduit for grants and sponsorships from public agencies, corporations, foundations and other sources for dissemination to the District and community organizations. For more information about the DCCF visit http://www.downtownchandler.org/downtown-chandler-community-foundation.

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Alan Gray is the Editor-in-Chief of Baret News. He is fanatical about spelling and grammar, but sometimes has problems with American word usage, such as "momentarily."

When told his plane will land momentarily, he expects a "touch and go" landing, not to land in a few moments!