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The aroma of slow cooked BBQ will fill the air in Laishley Park, Punta Gorda on January 6, 2024!

When: January 6, 2024 from Noon to 6 pm

Where: Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

What: Smoke on the River BBQ & Music Fest! – where Local BBQ Pitmasters will offer the best in slow cooked goodness with Great Live Music and the best in unique shopping at our retail vendor area

All proceeds benefit the Florida Outdoor Education Foundation



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buy ticketsSCHEDULE
12:00 pm – Gates Open
All BBQ Vendors Open and Craft Beer available
Craft Beer Pavilion Open!

Live Music All Day!
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Back Country Boys
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Pure Country of SW Florida
4:30 pm – Winner of The Voice – Nashville recording artist – Jake Hoot
6:00 pm – Event Ends

Jake Hoot

Don’t let his larger-than-life presence fool you. JAKE HOOT may stand 6’6”, but the Season 17 Champion of NBC’s The Voice is just as genuine and sweet natured as ever. Celebrating the release of his debut project Love Out Of Time, the 5-song EP features an all-star lineup of musicians and songwriters including Dean Sams, Danny Myrick, Jenne Fleenor, Dave Pahanish, Jamie Floyd and more. The new project also features a duet with international superstar Kelly Clarkson entitled “I Would’ve Loved You.” Upon its release, Love Out Of Time reached No. 2 on both the iTunes All-Genre Albums and Country Albums chart while “I Would’ve Loved You” reached No. 3 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart. Hoot and Clarkson also unveiled a music video for the ‘majestic’ (Rolling Stone Country) “I Would’ve Loved You” duet which has accumulated more than 8 million views, been featured on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna and is in broadcast rotation on CMT. The former contestant and coach recently reunited to perform “I Would’ve Loved You” on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Voice semi-finals.

Following his record-breaking win on NBC’s The Voice, Hoot has gone on to release several tracks including “Tennessee Strong,” which reached Top 10 in the iTunes Country Singles chart, debut single “Dangerous Thing,” special Father’s Day song, “The Best Job I Ever Had,” heartwarming love song, “Nadine” and rowdy summer anthem “Night Left.” Drawing inspiration from his childhood in the Dominican Republic, Hoot released a cover of “La Bamba” from his debut EP which landed in the Top 10 on the iTunes Latin charts. Ringing in his favorite time of year, Hoot’s first original holiday track “When Christmas Has Come And Gone” featuring multi-platinum Canadian trio The Tenors, is was released November 19th.

Pure Country of Southwest Florida

PURE COUNTRY of Southwest Florida is a premier country band that performs the hits from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. They play dynamic songs with powerful vocal harmony. The kind of music you loved to hear growing up. The band members are all seasoned musicians who have played both local and national stages over they years. They formed this group because of their love for good country music and their desire to play the music that you don’t hear on the radio anymore. Artists such as Alan Jackson, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Little Texas, Alabama and many more.

Back Country Boys

The Back Country Boys is one of the best up and coming bands in SW Florida performing hits from the 80’s, 90’s, & 2000’s. Back Country Boys was established in 2020 by founding members Mike Joyce and Brayden Reites. Over several years, they have welcomed current members Matt Byrne, Brendan McCormack, and Aidan Fox into the band. The boys have performed at numerous local and national venues, including the renowned Joe’s Bar on Weed Street and have opened for various acts, including Chris Janson, Eli Young Band, Ian Munsick, and more.


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The VIP Pavilion is an exclusive area with table seating and upfront stage access.

Included in the VIP Tables are complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, exclusive VIP Restrooms, access to stage, table seating

  • • Limited to 240 guests
  • • Admission to event is included with the VIP Tables
  • • Tables for 2 Guests – $80
  • • Tables for 4 Guests – $160
  • • Tables for 6 Guests – $240


  • • $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the gate
  • • Kids under 12 free with Adult
  • • Tickets required for all food and BBQ, domestic beer, liquor and other food
  • • Sample and Food tickets – $1.00 each





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2024 BBQ Fest Food Vendor Form (PDF)

2024 BBQ Fest Merch Vendor Form (PDF)




Stay in touch

For more information:
Jerry Cleffi
Big Star Special Event Services
Florida Outdoor Education Foundation