by Mike Slodki
Live entertainment is always a crowd-builder at the Corn Boil, and with the addition of a Sunday performance, this year will be no different.
Event organizers built a strong lineup of local and diverse bands to keep festivalgoers entertained each day.
Scramble will perform its brand of â€˜50s to â€˜70s tunes and is the first musical act to invade the 2009 Corn Boil when they take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 24.
From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Tin Horse will provide country rock tunes to close out the first night. Currently on its â€œBucking the Systemâ€ tour, Tin Horse will come fresh off a show at the St. Charles Park District on Thursday. Playing original tunes as well as covers, the co-ed band has opened for acts like Diamond Rio and Gretchen Wilson.
On Saturday, July 25, the Waubonsee Steel Drum Band gets the crowd going with island rhythms from noon to 2 p.m.
Wowing crowds with performances at its home base of Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, the band is no stranger to the Corn Boil.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 7th Heaven takes the stage with its five-piece band capable of original music or covers. Playing in its third decade, the band released “Live at Durty Nellie’s” in 2005. 7th Heaven is made up of Mark Kennetz, Richie Hofherr, Keith Semple, Nick Cox, and Michael Mooshey and is going to be fresh off a performance at Streamwood Fest on Friday.
From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Hairbangers Ball rocks out the Corn Boil. A local and popular fixture, the band that’s seven strong will be coming off of a gig in Peoria, Ill., at the riverfront.
“In what started out as a â€˜what ifâ€™ plan for bringing some extremely talented musicians together to revive and celebrate the mayhem of the 80′s monster rock bands, aka â€˜The Decade of Decadenceâ€™, HBB has quickly grown into one of the most “Off the wall” live music acts touring the country today,” hairbangersball.com suggests.
On Sunday, July 26, the Duke Band takes center stage from 2 to 4 p.m. with its unique brand of rock ranging from the â€˜60s to the present. The Duke Band is comprised of Pete Paulos, lead singer and guitar; Chuck Desmond, lead guitar; Dave Pawelski, bass guitar; Terry Lindsay, drums; Matt Dutkanych, guitar. The band has played venues like Alsip Fest and TC’s Pub in Oak Lawn.
All about: Tin Horse
Tin Horse 2009â€”Locked, loaded and ready to roll!
Open the corral. Throw down the reins and watch out! Tin Horse is breaking out of the gate for their 2009 Bucking the System Tour. More shows. More originals. More excitement. And no boundaries.
taking the country world by storm.â€
Tin Horse sets the stage on fire with its power-packed southern rock. The guys in the back hold down the fort as the girls in the front jump up on the speakers and run out into the crowd as they shred away on their instruments. And then three wild women run back to stage to break into tight, three part harmonies on their catchy, award-winning original tunes.
and clever writing”
~ Freeport Journal Standard
But that’s not all! Tin Horse tears audiences apart with their renditions of well- known southern rock, country, and classic rock tunes as well. They’re backed by a band of veteran musicians, creating a sound so powerful, so fun, so energized, that you’re guaranteed to be dancing in the aisles & singing along before they finish their first set!
is really awesome!”
~ River Country 101.7
It’s no wonder Tin Horse has opened for some of country music’s biggest names: (Diamond Rio, Gretchen Wilson, Toby Keith, Emerson Drive). This band has been gaining momentum throughout 2008, heading straight towards country stardom in 2009. So now’s your chance! Don’t miss Tin Horse as they blaze a new trail out of Nashville.
All about: 7th heaven
â€¢ Started in 1985
â€¢ Released “U.S.A.â€”U.K.”
CD August, 2008
â€¢ Wrote and performed TV/radio
commercial for â€œEmpress Casinoâ€
â€¢ Wrote and performed TV
commercial for â€œWalter E
â€¢ Performed the National Anthem
at the Chicago Bulls / LA Lakers
â€¢ Featured in Guitar Edge Magazine
â€¢ 7th heavenâ€™s music featured on
MTV in 2000-05
â€¢ Currently on full rotation on many
FM radio stations worldwide
â€¢ Performed on the
Jenny Jones Show
(over 75 million viewers worldwide)
24 YEARS PLAYING THE LOCAL SCENE? 250 BOOKINGS A YEAR?
Lifelong friends committed to leaving it all out on the stage, NTD Records recording artists 7th heaven boasts these and other incredible accomplishments.
The lead singer, winner of the British TV version of American Idol known as Pop Stars, was brought in straight from Northern Ireland. He owns a gold disc on Jive records.
The band has set attendance records at major night clubs across the tri-state region. Record sales nearing 30,000 units sold and digital offerings are available on iTUNES, Amazon, and such.
This is the premier Chicago festival act according to prominent talent buyers in Illinois. The critically acclaimed website “Barstar” refers to 7th Heaven as one of the three best bands in Chicago. (They couldn’t or wouldn’t pick just one.)
30 songs in 30 minutes. Believe it can’t be done? Watch! Dead-on renditions of Def Lepard, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey and even U2 are delivered at a frenetic pace driving audiences to literally dancing in the streets. Musicianship, theatrics, and that unmistakable Irish brogue fuel original songs that came straight from the radio play-list.
Are you a Cubs fan? Listen for 7th Heaven all summer long during telecasts and you will hear their current smash hit, “This Summer’s Gonna Last Forever.” How about you Bulls fans? 7th Heaven performed the National Anthem at the United Center before the Bulls/Lakers game, which was televised worldwide.
This is the band your neighbors will be buzzing about for the rest of the summer. While the festivals only last a short time, for 7th Heaven’s fans, old and new alike, they will remember the experience of seeing and hearing them now because, as their song saysâ€”This Summerâ€™s Gonna Last Forever!
All about: Hairbangerâ€™s Ball
Not so long ago, bands like Poison, Guns N’ Roses, MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e and Skid Row were selling millions of records and playing sold-out arenas across the country.
Now, having seen the recent, enormous commercial success of the “Monster Ballads” CD collection and the explosion of VH-1′s “Behind The Music,â€ one tribute band has tapped into the nostalgic energy of the “Decade of Decadence” like no other to deliver uncanny live performances and the wildest, never-ending party since Axl Rose welcomed millions of rabid fans to his rock n’ roll jungle.
It’s called Hairbangerâ€™s Ball (HBB), and the crazy train has left the station, complete with the monster hair, the tattoos, the leopard print spandex, pyrotechnic masterpieces and all the make-up you can handle.
In what started out as a “what if” plan for bringing some extremely talented musicians together to revive and celebrate the mayhem of the â€˜80s monster rock bands, aka “The Decade of Decadence,â€ HBB has quickly grown into one of the most “off the wall” live music acts touring the country today.
As the name itself suggests, Hairbangerâ€™s Ball is not just a band. It is the wildest party coming to a rock shop near you. We are not exaggerating when we tell you that this six-piece is blowing the roofs off of large clubs and venues
If you’ve seen it or know anyone who has already experienced it, HBB looks and sounds just as good, if not better, than the original recording artists themselves. Whether you wanna hear Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Skid Row, MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e or the rest of the Hairbanger’s Hall of Fame, HBB gives you the best of it all.
Whether you are 21, 25, 30 or 40 years old, Hairbangerâ€™s Ball is a chronic party on maximum overdrive.