by Mike Slodki
You braved inches upon inches of snow, and rivers of rain. But at last, the 2011 version of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil is here, and with the event, comes trademark tunes throughout the weekend.
From Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31, the WSPY Sound Stage will be hopping with many genres of music, but all of them foot-stomping.
It begins the evening on Friday, when the Corn Boil welcomes the country stylings of Brushfire.
Brushfire is a five-member outfit with a stress on harmonies and has played shows with Lady Antebellum and Gretchen Wilson. Brushfire, which has hit many locations within Illinois, has also played in Tennessee and Florida, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The band 28 Days takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. The band is accessible on Twitter and Facebook, and will have come to Sugar Grove after other festivals like Liberty Days in Morris. In its current incarnation since 2009, the three-person group is also experienced in the wedding circuit. Corn Boil-goers are liable to hear anything from Earth, Wind and Fire to Bon Jovi.
Saturday brings the first full day of Corn Boil action, as well as a full slate of music.
The island rhythms fly beginning at 4 p.m. with the Waubonsee Steel Drum Brand. The Steel Drum performers are no stranger to the setting, with Waubonsee Community College in its backyard.
At 6 p.m., the Duke Band follows up with its take on classic rock tunes.
At 8:30 p.m., Mike and Joe, a Chicago fixture, hits Sugar Grove for a three-hour set. The group will have hit everywhere from Geneva’s Swedish Days and Chicago’s Rock Around the Block this summer before jamming at the Corn Boil. Familiar with many Midwest locations, Mike and Joe is made up of Mike Notaro, Joe Valentino, Cory Flynn and Aaron Streich. Available for listening on five CDs, the band is able to dish out hits from Dave Matthews Band to the Strokes, but their last release, “This Dream,” is their first all-original studio release.
Power folk meets southern-tinged rock when Bonepony closes out the musical portion of the 2011 Corn Boil on Sunday, July 31. While hot off the heels of performances in Kentucky, the band is comprised of Scott Johnson, Nick Nguyen and Kenny Wright. The band has released six albums in its 16-year career. More information about the Corn Boil is available on the web at www.sugargrove60554.com/sugargrovecornboil.