The star of the annual Skewered Apple BBQ Championship is the meat; there’s no question about that.
But the event is much more than meat. There’s also a very good lineup of musicians each year, and this year’s is no exception. Local favorite Wayman Chapman plays his tried-and-true brand of R&B from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Then the Ron Mears Band hits the stage at 8 p.m. for some straightforward Brad Paisley-style commercial country.
Sunday’s lineup is loaded with local favorites, too. The Blankers start things off at 11 a.m. Singer-songwriter Navid Eliot of Not Amy will play at 1 p.m. Then it’s Seattle indie-folk act Ghosts I’ve Met at 2 p.m.
But the real show, the do-not-miss-this headliner, is Shoot Jake at 3:30 p.m. Shoot Jake is one of Yakima’s best bands, and their brand of rocking blues is perfect for a barbecue cookoff. You won’t be able to tell whether the smoke is coming from the cooking or from Ben Johnson’s guitar and Lindsay Jacobson’s drums.
The event goes from 4-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Tree Top, 220 E. Second Ave. in Selah. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for the whole weekend, $5 per day for those 12 and younger, and free for those 5 and younger. For more information, visit www.skeweredapple.com. Proceeds benefit the Yakima Valley Museum.
— Pat Muir