In 1990, the Riverfront Jazz Festival and UpDowntowners' RibFest - who in previous years had operated simultaneously but separately - merged into one event.

In 1990, the Riverfront Jazz Festival and UpDowntowners' RibFest - who in previous years had operated simultaneously but separately - merged into one event.

Since then, the Jazz & Rib Fest has become an iconic aspect of the dog days of summer in Columbus. As the weather heats up, there really is no better food than barbecue, and this festival brings in some of the best pit bosses from around the state and across the country.

Last year's Critics' Choice champion, Mojo Rib Shack, and People's Choice winner Big Boned BBQ both return this year. It'll be worth waiting in line to sample a couple of slabs from these two.

There will also be nearly two dozen vendors serving everything from St. Louis and Kansas City styles to Southern recipes.

Also, barbecue cooks and enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the Kansas City Barbeque Society booth to learn barbecue/grilling tips.

Along with the mouth-watering grub, three stages with national and local acts will offer entertainment throughout the weekend. Friday night presents visitors with a tough decision - both MojoFlo and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy play at 9:30 p.m.

Local favorites MojoFlo always put on an excellent neo-soul show that combines James Brown-esque jams with Amber Knicole's sultry vocal prowess.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy may not necessarily fit the jazz category, but their brand of big band swing is sure to get the crowd dancing.