CANTON, OH (June 12, 2012) – The Canton Regional Chamber Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and Rock 106.9 WRQK are pleased to announce that Saving Abel—a backyard barbecues, front porch jams, old-fashioned family values and hard-partying rock n' roll band—will perform at the Ribs Burnoff this summer.
Saving Abel is scheduled to perform on the Emergency Medicine Physicians Stage at the Stark County Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 3, at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Free, standing room only will be permitted on the track, but chairs or seating of any kind on the track is not permitted.
Seats are available in the grandstands for very affordable prices. New in 2012: General Admission seating in the grandstands (bleacher style) will be offered at only $5 per ticket, and Reserved Admission seating (seats with backs) will be offered at $9 per ticket.
Concert tickets will be available for walk-in purchase beginning Tuesday, June 26, at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (222 Market Avenue North in downtown Canton) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Phone orders will be accepted beginning Wednesday, June 27, by calling (330) 458-2088.
In addition to the national musical acts in the evenings on the main stage at 8:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy activities all day including free musical entertainment on the daytime stage. Other family activities include an expansive children’s entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables, master sand sculptor, Lowe’s Build & Grow, and much more.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff will run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Aug. 1, 2 and 3 beginning at 11 a.m., and concluding at 10:30 p.m. each day. In addition to fantastic ribs, a wide variety of other food will be showcased, including home-made ice cream, gyros, hummus, turkey legs, buffalo wings, funnel cakes, apple dumplings, bloomin’ onions, Italian sausage, and other delicious midway fare!
Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. Onsite parking at the fairgrounds will be free each day until 4 p.m., after which time a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged.
For more information, contact Laura Perry, event manager, at (330) 458-2054, or visit

About Saving Abel
Saving Abel combined meat and potatoes rock with bombastic hooks and stormed the mainstream with their debut in 2008, landing a gold plaque in the process with well over 500,000 in domestic sales and topping the Billboard "Heatseekers" chart, to boot.
The eponymous record spawned the platinum single "Addicted," and the follow-up barn-burners, "Drowning (Face Down)" and the emotional "18 Days." Their second album, Miss America, topped the Hard Rock chart and imprinted the hearts and minds of radio listeners with the title cut, "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)" and another Top 10 single, "The Sex is Good."
Enduringly bound together by the creative nucleus of singer Jared Weeks and lead guitarist Jason Null, Saving Abel is poised to do it all over again in an even bigger way with their eOne debut, Bringing Down the Giant. The album runs the gamut of all of the heart and soul at the center of Saving Abel, exploring new depths and broadening the band's horizons to incorporate the best of what the hard rock genre has to offer in 2012. "Bringing Down the Giant," the title track, is raunchy enough to give Disturbed, Metallica or even Pantera a run for their money. It's the type of song that will blow down the doors if the WWE or UFC gets a hold of it. On the other end of the spectrum, the plaintive ballad "Picture of Elvis" somehow surpasses the emotional intensity and heartstring pull of "18 Days." And then for total balance, songs like "Michael Jackson's Jacket" bridge the gap with a smooth, poppy, groovy vibe that shows off Weeks' impressive range in a Maroon 5 like fashion.
Saving Abel is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor and former 12 Stones drummer Michael McManus. The committed road warriors spent several years on the road supporting their first two albums. The touring lineups looked like a who's-who of real deal radio rock, with Saving Abel sharing stages with their peers and contemporaries in major acts like Nickelback, Hinder and Buckcherry. Saving Abel road appearances have also included radio festivals, biker rallies, state fairs and anywhere else that people appreciate dyed in the wool, real-deal rock n' roll with musical chops, expert songwriting and authentic groove and feel.
"We're just a bunch of Southern dudes who have had music in our lives since we were little boys. We like to have a good time no matter where we go, man," said Weeks. "I grew up on the front porch listening to my papa play the guitar. We'll always bring that Southern hospitality and that heritage. We try to spread the love around. We love music. Nobody in the band hates anyone else in the band and we have respect for what we do. This is our job and it's what we love doing.”