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Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
Dave Rudolf's Halloween Concert for Kids at the Effingham Performance Center
Dave Rudolf serves up his special brand of Halloween entertainment through parodies, bubbles, hula hoops and audience interaction at 3 p.m. Costumes welcome!
The Midtown Men at the Rialto Square Theatre
This sensational production reunites Four Stars from the Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s.
Shinedown at the Rialto Square Theatre
Shinedown is indisputably one of the most successful rock bands of the past 10 years, enjoying an unparalleled streak of hits. The band's unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut "Leave a Whsiper" and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, "Us & Them." With guests, Nothing More
Join the Village of Romeoville Parks & Recreation Department for another exciting RomeoFest from Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, August 9, 2015. Romeofest is a family-oriented event that consists of a variety of entertainment for all ages, great food, bingo, and carnival rides. Activities include fireworks on Friday and Sunday evenings, children's entertainment, food vendors, and bean bag, tennis and softball tournaments. The food booths, beverage garden, bingo, and main stage entertainment will be held on the Municipal Center Grounds, 1050 W. Romeo Rd. Carnival rides and attractions will be held on the Recreation Center Grounds, 900 W. Romeo Rd. Family entertainment and fireworks will be located at Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Rd.
Branson On the Road at the Effingham Performance Center
What do you get when you bring together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, beautiful rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and country Christmas, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music? only one answer-Branson On The Road--Christmas Style at the Effingham Performance Center! The best way to experience a Branson Christmas show right where you live! Two different times to catch this amazing act, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Home Free at the Rialto Square Theatre
"Home Free" continues to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. No better venue than historic Rialto Square theater. 7:30pm show.
Pure Prairie League with Firefall at the Rialto Square Theatre
Pure Prairie League became fan favorites in the 1970's with radio hits like "Aimee", "Two Lane Highway" and "Falling In and Out Of Love", and are still going strong. Also appearing Firefall, known for "You Are The Woman", "Mexico" "Cinderella" and other chart topping hits.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Effingham Performance Center
It's Bagpipes. It's Rock. It's Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. It's the Red Hot Chilli Pipers-- a 9 piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers--with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes--like "The Flowers of Scotland," "The Hills of Argyll," and "Amazing Grace"(done Chilli-style, of course!)--and contemporary anthems like Queen's "We Will Rock You," "Clocks" by Coldplay, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Let Me Entertain You" by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck". There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Feel the Chilli heat at 8 p.m.!
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
BJ Thomas at the Effingham Performance Center
As a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcends them, BJ Thomas performs at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Watch as children's favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog, comes to life on stage at the EPC in a big way in this interactive musical, starting at 4 p.m.
Concert at Covel Creek
Outdoor elegance, musical splendor…a picnic with pizzazz! Held annually every 4th Saturday in August, this Classical Music Review set against the picturesque Covel Creek backdrop is as unique as it is beautiful. The sandstone cliffs creating a natural amphitheater will delight the ear as well as the eye. This outdoor concert features talented, innovative musical performers. Concert-goers are encouraged to pack a picnic, bottle of wine and cozy blanket or chair for optimal view enjoyment. Free Parking. For up-to-date information and talent lineup, visit their website!
Starved Rock Country presents Who's Bad
"Who's Bad" is the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band. For the last 10 years, the longest-running and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has continued to impress fans — all over the world and of all ages.
Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles at Rialto Square Theatre
For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as "Take it Easy" "Heartache Tonight" and of course "Hotel California" as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.
The Charlie Daniels Band at the Effingham Performance Center
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. The Charlie Daniels Band has populated the radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, his signature song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." This amazing artist will be at the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m.
3 Redneck Tenors at the Effingham Performance Center
Get ready for a sidesplitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Redneck Tenors could have had, delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music. See them live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
John Anderson at the Effingham Performance Center
See country chart-topper John Anderson sing his hits on his tour throughout America at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Effingham Performance Center
Come in costume, get your goody bag at the door, get your picture taken with characters, win prizes and enjoy a full-length Sing-A-Long to Disney's Frozen.
Junie B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School at the Effingham Performance Center
Come see an all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book at 10 a.m.
Pluto Polka Fest and Big Bang Brewfest
The City of Streator is highlighting "The Year of Pluto" by hosting several major events in July to celebrate NASA's New Horizon spacecraft mission, which is scheduled to register its closest flyby to Pluto in July. The spacecraft will be carrying Pluto discover and Streator native, Clyde Tombaugh's ashes. Eddie Korosa, Jr., a Chicago polka band, home brew tasting, authentic Polish cuisine and children's space-themed activities will be available.
Starved Rock Country presents Legends Tribute
The Legends Tribute is a musical tribute to the stars. This year's performers will be all about rock, soul and country; performing as Elvis Presley, Barry White and Johnny Cash.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
Elevation at Effingham Performance Center
Introducing Elevation!! Elevation is without question the most successful U2 tribute band in the world. With their huge repertoire, ranging from U2's first album "Boy" to 2014's "Songs of Innocence", Elevation is the only band that offers the most authentic sights and sounds of U2. If you think this sounds too good to be true, purchase tickets today. After all, seeing and hearing is believing. What a better way to start believing at 7:30 p.m.
Styx at the Effingham Performance Center
Styx, the rock band that has, since the seventies, forged an indelible legacy both on record and on stage, returns to the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Hippiefest at the Rialto Square Theatre
Dance to the music as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines Hippiefest Tour 2015 with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. All at the beautiful and historic Rialto Square Theatre.
Illinois Philhamonic Orchestra Brahms Symphony #4 at Rialto Square Theatre
Maestro Danzmayr leads the orchestra in the completion of the Brahms cycle with the majestic and melodic Symphony No. 4. Cellist and IPO favorite Joshua Roman also takes the stage for the World Premiere of his Cello Concerto, a piece commissioned by IPO. Adding to the splendor of the evening is Wagner's Rienzi Overture which showcases the orchestra with its eloquent and brilliant lines.
Charles Eston and Clare Bowen
Stars from "Nashville" will perform and share stories from the show. Appearing together are Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, and Clare Bowen, who stars as his singer-songwriter niece Scarlett O'Connor. Charles "Chip" Esten is also a member of the original Whose Line Is It Anyway.
John Prine with Loudon Wainwright III at Rialto Square Theatre
With his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice, John Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician...he is an American treasure.
Classic Albums Live - CCR Chronicles
Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage - note for note, cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest rock albums ever made. 8pm at the magnificent Rialto.
Boz Scaggs' remarkable career has spanned an incredible five decades, and includes such radio staples as "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle." His most recent work, A Fool to Care, is a pitch-perfect tribute to American roots music that Q Magazine calls "...some of the best music of his career. Every track is a jewel of unforced artistry in America's R&B tradition."
Brian McKnight at the Genesee
Brian McKnight has been bringing his smooth, sultry sound to the delight of audiences across the globe for over a decade. His ability to connect personally with each person in the audience is unparalleled. Brian's voice gives the audience goose bumps while his singing warms their hearts!
The Loading Dock
We're proud to be considered the region's best outdoor bar and grill, with the best scenic view, at the end of the best scenic drive. Our majestic view is not to be missed. Watch the river roll by while listening to live entertainment. Our full menu features something for everyone...don't miss our famous Dock Salsa! Be sure to stop by the fourth weekend of the month March - October for the Riverside Flea Market featuring over 60 local vendors. Let us host your next party! We cater events of all sizes...from reunions and receptions to birthdays and bridal showers. Keep the fun going at one of our four Loading Dock Guest Houses, perfect for an intimate getaway or an all night get-together.
Josh Turner Live in Concert at Walker's Bluff
Walker's Bluff is delighted to announce that we will be "Turning the lights down low" on Saturday, August 8th when Josh Turner takes stage at Legend's Amphitheater. Joshua Turner is an American contemporary country music singer and actor. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album's title track, "Long Black Train", was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man (2006) accounted for his first two number one hits: "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me," while 2007's Everything Is Fine included a No. 2 in "Firecracker." Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the No. 1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another number one in "All Over Me". It was followed by Punching Bag (2012), whose lead-off single "Time Is Love" was the biggest hit of 2012 according to Billboard Year-End.
Cocktails In the Park
Celebrate your community with an evening in the park. Enjoy live music, drinks, appetizers, cigar and whiskey or dessert and champagne tasting decks, and more all to support Downtown Batavia. Win a tent full of prizes, or an adventure in our of our other favorite downtown communities. Because Downtown is Everyone's Neighborhood!
Green Fair on the Fox
Batavia MainStreet is partnering with the Batavia Environmental Commission and the Batavia Park District to present Green Fair on the Fox. Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! This year Green Fair on the Fox is bringing back The Alternative Transportation Show and Bike Expo, Exhibition Space at City Hall and Fox Valley’s Largest Zumba class.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. The KSO will present its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert will be repeated at 7:30, and there will be trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. The concerts will take place at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Artist Julia Haw and Director John Lustig in Conversation
Artist Julia Haw and Director John Lustig in Conversation at the Illinois State Museum in Lockport. After Hours music courtesy of the City of Lockport. Don't miss this unique experience at one of the state's first class museums. Friday July 31st at 5:00pm.
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert: Voilà Viola
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra which provides a place for area musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting. The orchestra consists of professional, student, and dedicated amateur musicians. KSO presents it's Fall Concert, Voilà Viola on Saturday, October 10th at 7:30 pm. The concert will be at NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and there will be a free pre-concert lecture in the hall.
Richard Marx Live at the Egyptian
Performer, songwriter, producer, and Grammy award winning music star Richard Marx will be Live in Concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Tickets for Richard Marx will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 12 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $65.00.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St.
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce at the Genesee
Best known as the founder of the band Survivor, Jim Peterik brings an alternative to the raucousness of rock with Lifeforce. This ensemble creates a powerful collection of diverse rock, pop, soul, worldbeat, and contemporary jazz tunes right before the audience. They will enjoy this crisp ensemble action within a game of musical chairs, joyfully jumping from one vibe to the next. Fans of all genres will love this high energy show!
Dwight Yoakam at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Country legend Dwight Yoakam will be performing in Alton along with The Glendale Riders on July 10th 2015. Yoakam has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated 15 times. With every online order for Dwight Yoakam show tickets, fans will receive one standard physical copy of his new album “Second Hand Heart." Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem their album within 10-14 business days after their order.
Hippiefest 2015 at the Genesee
Bring Woodstock back to life and celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960s with Hippiefest 2015. Groove to the tunes of yesteryear as the legendary group, The Family Stone headlines with Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.
City of Morris Concert on the Courthouse Lawn
Celebrate the holiday on July 2nd, 6:30pm, with Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band. The annual free concerts continue Thursdays through July on the Courthouse Lawn in downtown Morris. Free shows.
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Southern rock favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater this summer. With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations.
Zappa Plays Zappa
No one is better suited to play Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems to crazed fans than his son, Dweezil. As a child, he watched his father in concerts from off stage. Zappa Plays Zappa has evolved into a 6-piece band. Dweezil alone is uniquely qualified to bring this father’s compositions back to life; he is both the modern face of Zappa music and the person who can bring it fully formed into the future.
River Night & Ribs
A night fun for the whole family! Live performance from Red Woody runs from 6:30 pm - 10 pm and family activities and the River Night Market run through 9 pm. Features a beer tent, food vendors, Ribs Cook-Off and other free family area activities.
Engelbert Humperdinck at the Rialto Square Theatre
Engelbert Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to a movie theme song. His name comes from the 1911, century Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel & Gretel." His voice comes from heaven, and he has been a legend in the international music industry for the last forty plus years, with over 150 million records sold. With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year" (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. 8pm show.
Little Big Town Live at the NIU Convocation Center
The Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town has added a fall leg to their The Pain Killer Tour that will hit the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL on October 29th. Hot off their win for Vocal Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the band is touring to support the release of their 6th album, Pain Killer. We hope you'll join Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman in DeKalb on October 29th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am local time. The band will again offer a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing them to choose from 2 limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more. Ticket prices range from $35-45 and will be available at the Convocation Center box office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. See more at: http://niuconvo.com/convo/events/convo_events/2015/10/LittleBigTown.shtml#sthash.Hozy1c7R.dpuf
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
There’s a reason STOMP sold out every single show they played at the Paramount last time they were in town. Now’s your chance to experience the most successful off-Broadway creation of all time, back in Aurora. STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. After these guys come through town, you’ll never look at paint cans, plumbing fixtures or even the kitchen sink the same. Get ready to get STOMP’d.
Summer Musical by Joliet Drama Guild
Enjoy Broadway up close and close to home! Join JDG, the 2nd oldest community theatre in Illinois, for their 81st season's finale at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre. Summer Musical shows are August 7-9 and 14-16 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Learn more and reserve tickets by visiting the Joliet Drama Guild website.
BMO Harris Bank Center - Breaking Benjamin
Six years have passed since Breaking Benjamin released their last album-2009's Dear Agony-but one listen to their new album, Dark Before Dawn, and it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn't caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Appearing on the album with Burnley are guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken.) The result is simultaneously vintage Breaking Benjamin and yet decisively more cohesive.
Under the Streetlamp at the Paramount Theatre
The Boys are back in town! That’s right, former castmates from Chicago’s very own Jersey Boys are headed back to Aurora, and Michael x2, Chris and Shonn are bringing their stunning voices, their slick dance moves and their electrifying charm with ‘em. These guys sell out the Paramount every season, and with their unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time rock-n-roll tunes (and some surprises, too), this year’s no different. Retro never sounded so now – it’s Under The Streetlamp.
Alton Muny Band: Riverfront Park
Don't miss a beat during the weekly summer concerts performed by the Alton Municipal Band at Haskell & Riverfront Park. Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is a family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public. Every Thursday evening the Alton Muny Band will perform at the Riverfront Park starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Peter Cetera at the Paramount Theatre
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now,” Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and ”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.
Peter & Paul at the Paramount Theatre
Join Peter & Paul for a night of gorgeous harmonies, positive messages and hits like “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” that transcend generational boundaries, inspiring millions of Americans over the last five decades. As core members of Peter, Paul & Mary, they transformed folk music into a powerful language that spoke to the masses. They soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. They’ve won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times over. And they’re celebrating over 50 years of positivity, talent and activism right here at the Paramount.
Jacoby Arts Center: Summer Music Series
Jacoby Arts Center presents the Summer Music Series to showcase the diversity and range of regional talent. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 8:00 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.
Drum Corps "Tour of Champions"
Northern Illinois University and Huskie Stadium will once again play host to the Drum Corps "Tour of Champions”. This show will feature 7 of the World's Top 12 Drum & Bugle Corps. For more information please contact Michael Embrey, m.embrey@FunMEevents.com or (815-756-1263).
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Josh Turner at the Paramount Theatre
People magazine calls him one of Country’s Hottest Stars. His debut single “Long Black Train” went gold. The Associated Press says he’s “among the most effective – and most hard-core country – performers of his generation.” His hit “Why Don’t We Just Dance” was literally the most-played song of 2010. It’s no wonder Josh Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. And this season, he’s bringing his unmistakable baritone voice, double-platinum songwriting skills and dazzling country charm to Aurora. Don’t miss this CMA and Grammy nominee when he rocks the stage with No.1 songs like “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love,” plus tons more off his five history-making albums. And opening for Josh is MCA Recording Artists and rising star Raquel Cole.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Paramount Theatre
There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the band that changed Christmas music forever: it’s Mannheim Steamroller. Helmed by Grammy-winner and musical genius Chip Davis, this world-renowned group takes your favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature new age style that’s been dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.” With 40+ years of live performances under their cummerbunds, these guys know how to put on a show that will leave audiences in absolute awe. Get in the holiday spirit with the uplifting sounds and magical arrangements of Mannheim Steamroller.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening July-Aug at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
Summer Fest - Braidwood
Annual Event sponsored by the Lions Club at Old Smokey Park First & Center Streets - includes carnival, flea market, parade, beer garden, baby contest, pie eating contest, musical entertainment nightly, fireworks on last evening and much much more! Times: Thurs. 4pm-11pm Fri 4pm-midnight Sat. 8am-midnight Sun. 8am-10pm.
God Save the Queen at the Paramount Theatre
These guys are packing Queen’s biggest hits like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love” into one huge set, and they’re doing it with all that over-the-top theatricality that made Queen one of the best-known bands in music history. From the incredible lighting to the epic anthems to lead singer Pablo Padin’s spot-on resemblance (both in voice and looks) to the late, great Freddie Mercury, God Save the Queen will rock you.
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Happy Together Tour 2015 at the Paramount Theatre
The Happy Together Tour is back at it, bringing your radio to life on the Paramount stage… and this year’s line-up will totally rock your world. It’s stacked with The Grassroots and their “Midnight Confessions.” Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders. Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams. The Cowsills taking you down “The Path of Love.” The Association and their slew of chart toppers. And, of course, Flo & Eddie singing that classic Turtles hit the tour is literally named after: “Happy Together.” Get ready to celebrate the golden age of rock-n-roll with your favorite hits, and the artists who play them, live on the Paramount stage.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre
Over the course of 50 years, the great Duke Ellington led a world-renowned jazz orchestra, wrote thousands of compositions and changed the American musical landscape forever. Even decades after his death, Duke’s Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy in the best way possible: by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world. These world-class musicians are packing up their pianos, trumpets, drums and more and heading to Aurora – and when they get here, it’s going to be spectacular. They’ll spend a very special evening playing Duke’s biggest numbers, including his foot-tapper “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” his sultry “Take The A Train” and his heart-pounding “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” all with that swinging jazz grandeur that would make Duke proud.
The Rat Pack at the Paramount Theatre
World-renowned actor and comedian Buddy Hackett was a lifelong friend of the Rat Pack. Together, those five guys were the epitome of cool, ruling the Las Vegas strip and creating a smooth style that’s still emulated today. Now, years later, Buddy’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of crooners are bringing the boys’ timeless Vegas show to the Paramount stage, reminding everyone that the Rat Pack is still one of the hottest acts around. Critics have been saying it for years; with Sandy’s personal connection to Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey, this show is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing the boys back under the stage lights.
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
Streator AG Day
At Streator City Park - Antique tractor show, Clyde Pride Tractor Ride (parade) 2:00 pm, pony rides, barnyard discovery display, farmer's market, blacksmith display, flea market, music & entertainment. Food by the LaSalle County Cattleman (Lunch & Dinner).
Taste of Highland Park
Scrumptious delights from the City’s finest eateries highlight the 2015 Taste of Highland Park held at Port Clinton Square. Visitors can satisfy savory and sweet cravings with everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream. Visit booths beginning Friday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment all weekend at the Taste Stage and the Port Clinton Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
Annual festival with national bands/acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts, special guest and super Sunday family days.
Old Times Family Picnic
Bring your friends and neighbors out for a day of old fashion fun! This day will offer food vendors, live music, kiddie rides, bean bag tournaments, kids games, a petting zoo, and much more! Don't miss out on the fun!
Galena Center for the Arts
Celebrating regional art in its many forms: special exhibits, performances, regional artwork gallery, photography from the historic Alfie Mueller collection.
Fetching Market at Ford Hangar
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares, all within an historic atmosphere at the Lansing Municipal Airport Ford Hangar! Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables, old, new, painted, chairs, old, new, recovered, re-purposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, great craft beers, great cocktails, great live music, great cause! Friday: 5-9 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Enjoy vintage games for kids, special tours and exhibits and free parking all day as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This year's event will feature a free evening performance by Chicago Sinfonietta in honor of Cantigny Park's 60th anniversary!
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Steger Days of Music
Music featuring: Ides of March, David Allan Coe, Travis Tritt, Kashmir. Carnival, Food, 5K, Car Show, Craft Vendors, Dueling Pianos. Come out to this carnival of fun with a car show, 5K, food, & a parade, entertainment for days!
Pluto Polka Party - Streator
Pluto Polka Party with Eddie Korosa Jr, Chicago's #1 Polka band Featuring "Big Bang Brew", Home brew tasting and Star BQ (BBQ) from a galaxy near you. At Streator City Park, Plumb Pavilion.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, featuring authentic Hispanic music, food & entertainment. All are welcome.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Whole Hog Festival- Custom Car and Bike Show
The First Annual Whole Hog Festival is a new City of Lockport event that's fun for the whole family. The event celebrates custom cars and bikes by inviting owners in the region to show off their rides. Enjoy BBQ from variety of vendors and live music during the event. Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm.
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.
French Connection Day
French Connection Day celebrates Cantigny's French roots, which began when Col. Robert McCormick served with the Army's 1st Infantry Division during World War I at the Battle of Cantigny, near Paris. Great food and entertainment with a French flair are highlights of this free one-day festival.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Taste of Westmont
Stop by Downtown Westmont for a fun-filled weekend of carnival games and rides, food and dining tents, one beer garden and live entertainment! Crafters, bingo, beanbags, and vendor booths are located between Irving & Norfolk. The Irving Street Stage/Youth Performance Area will feature a Battle of The Bands, magic and dance performances, mascot visits and more!
1st Annual Pierogi Polish Fest
The four-day festival will feature: live music (Polka, Polish dance music and your favorite local cover bands), traditional Polish dancers, carnival rides for all ages, Polish beer and other beverages and of course, among a vast selection of other tasty specials, the star of the fest, Pierogis!