by Lynn Meredith
Four bands with local roots will perform on the Fun Fest stage on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the pros, local amateurs will also get a chance to show their talent with Maple Idol and the new band showcase.
The Maple Park Idol contest will take place from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the new band showcase at 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Before the parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Hillbilly Rockstarz will perform radio-friendly country music from artists such as Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Big & Rich, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.
Following up at 9 p.m. on Saturday is the popular Aurora rock cover band, Red Woody. The group doesn’t play from one decade but takes songs from every decade, playing the songs that people want to hear. They perform music from artists such as Journey, Lady Gaga, John Mellencamp, R.E.O., Metro Station and Tom Petty.
The winner of the Maple Park Idol will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the new band showcase following at 1:15 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m., The Menagerie will perform. This young Sycamore band plays a wide variety of music and call themselves “a funky rockin’ soul blues band.”
Back Country Roads, a local favorite, will play at 5 p.m. on Sunday. This country music band plays Alabama, Eminem, Johnny Cash, Trace Adkins, music they call the “big sounds of Nashville (brought) home to the Midwest.”