Rock-N-Q on the Planes
Time & Location
About the Event
In the summer of 1978, a legendary music festival called Summer Jam brought thousands of spectators and concert goers to Great Bend for rock-and-roll performances, including headlining band Head East. Now, a group of visionary volunteers are working to bring back the nostalgic Americana, with Head East returning for an encore performance along with numerous other headlining bands at the first ever Rock-N-Q on the Planes festival, happening October 18-20, 2019 at the Great Bend Expo Complex. The name for the event says it all - unforgettable rock concerts, barbecue, and all taking place at the historic WWII airfield just west of Great Bend (hence the word “planes” instead of “plains”).
Other bands performing include legendary groups such as Banshee, Skid Row, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and Foghat. Regional favorites The David Holland Band, Ten Day Wish, Homebrew, and Jake Gill will also perform along with YouTube sensation Liliac.
If the concerts weren’t enough to pique your interest, there will also be two huge barbecue competitions and lots of retail and food vendors as well. An Open BBQ Cook-Off lets teams of all experience levels compete for an impressive cash purse of $25,000. Similarly impressive, a $20,000 purse is being put up for the first ever Rock-N-Q National Invitational, a barbecue competition for only the top fifty rated teams in the entire country!
“We are expecting thousands of people for the barbecue competition and the live concerts,” says Mark Bitter, volunteer committee member. “And outside of the enormous economic impact this will have for our community, we are the most excited about the potential this event has to generate revenue for a new non-profit organization known as Destination GB, that exists to fund community improvement projects around the City of Great Bend. Any proceeds raised after expenses are paid will be used to facilitate quality of life improvements that wouldn’t be funded otherwise.”
General admission passes are $89 per person before October 1st (or $99 after October 1st) for both jam-packed days of music and barbecue. There are also reserved passes for $129 per person that get spectators in the best possible location close to the stage. A VIP experience is also available that includes reserved admission, plus access to a special VIP tent with free food and drinks for the entire weekend. RV Camping is also available for purchase through the event website.
Another unique opportunity to take home a piece of history is a charity raffle being put on by the Great Bend Rocks Band Camp. Banshee donated one of their actual guitars used to record one of their famous albums, and all the bands will sign the guitar before it is raffled off on October 19th during Rock-N-Q on the Planes. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold for $10 each and a winner will be drawn during the festival. Ticketholders do not have to be present to win.
- General Admission Pass$99$990$0
- Reserved Pass$129$1290$0
- V.I.P. Pass$235$2350$0
- RV Parking Space w/ Electric$219$2190$0