Known locally as "the hardest rocking concert," the MMRBQ festival is a Delaware Valley institution. Since 2007, WMMR has hosted this day-long festival known to locals as MMR*B*Q and featuring both contemporary and classic rockers in an outdoor setting. Throughout the day, concertgoers groove to as many as ten bands that range in style from hard rock and heavy metal to classic rock. Typically held in May, fans view MMRBQ as the kickoff to the summer concert season.
Raise Your Lighter in the Rain
WMMR staged the first MMRBQ performance in 2007. It quickly gained popularity and became an annual event. Held at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, now called the BB&T Pavilion, the inaugural MMRBQ festival featured Fuel, Evanesence and Velvet Revolver, among others. Fans have come to expect a mix of national touring acts and local heroes sharing the stage in this relatively intimate venue. With the seventh-largest population in the US, Philadelphia is a major media market, so MMRBQ draws fans from across the Northeast. As it often rains in May, locals have dubbed the MMRBQ concert the wettest festival of the year.
Where can I buy MMRBQ tickets?
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Where is the MMRBQ Festival held?
The 25,000 capacity BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J., has long hosted the festival. The venue, previously known as the Tweeter Center and the Susquehanna Bank Center, features an outdoor amphitheater as well as a smaller indoor theater. The BB&T Pavilion offers a clear view of the Camden waterfront with the Philadelphia skyline framing the stage. The MMRBQ festival takes place in the larger amphitheater.
Who played at the most recent MMRBQ Festival?
Genre-defying rockers Shinedown, known for having placed 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard charts, headlined the unusually diverse 2019 lineup. Grammy-winning Goth rockers Evanescence also returned to the MMRBQ stage, winning a warm reception from the crowd. The legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts was a much-anticipated act and had the crowd singing along to hits like "I Love Rock and Roll." Also on the bill was the Struts, a British glam-infused quartet locally popular after a breakthrough performance at the 2015 Made in America festival.
What are some of the most iconic MMRBQ performances?
2018 was the fiftieth anniversary of festival sponsor WMMR, and fans expecting a once-in-a-lifetime concert were not disappointed. The year's lineup called back to the grunge era with a bill that featured both Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. Radio classics like the Chains' "Down in the Hole" and "Would?" and STP's "Sex Type Thing" and "Interstate Love Song" had the crowd screaming along. Rounding out the lineup was a performance from Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis, who revealed another side to his sound in an eclectic set that drew from his first solo album Black Labyrinth.
What is the MMRBQ experience like?
The gates open for MMRBQ around noon. The first half of the festival takes place on the venue's expansive lawn in a general admission setting. Three or four bands are featured and are often drawn from the local scene. After a 5 p.m. intermission, four headlining bands take the main stage with fans taking assigned seating in the main pavilion. Video screens offer up-close views of the on-stage action throughout the day, but all seats feature great sight lines of the stage.
Which artists have previously appeared at the MMRBQ Festival?