by Mike Slodki
Fun Fest-goers are already primed to enjoy the four-day weekend with food and parades, but cool bands will be on hand to bring the excitement level to even higher levels.
Bands like CAOZZ, Red Woody, Methodist Church praise band, Back Country Roads, Miller Hometown Band, and Hi Infidelity will light up the stage in Maple Park from Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 6.
CAOZZ, featuring Brian Stover, takes the stage on Friday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
The five-person unit will come off a pre-game performance on Aug. 1 at U.S. Cellular Field before the White Sox game. Based in St. Charles, the band features anything from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Lenny Kravitz.
Local act Red Woody takes control on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Now in its 10th year, â€œRed Woody is a high energy cover band specializing in ’70s, ’80s,’90s and ’00s radio rock hits,â€ according to redwoody.com.
Playing anywhere from MVPâ€™s Street Dance in Sycamore to Starbusterâ€™s in DeKalb, Red Woody is made up of Matt Miller on vocals, Keith Beebe on guitar, Ron McConkey on drums, Doug Wielert on bass, John Stephenson on guitar, Stan Dembowski on guitar and Cyril Wochok on guitar.
The group is fresh off a performance at Elburn Days.
On Saturday, the Methodist Church praise band will offer its musical stylings.
On Saturday at 3 p.m., Back Country Roads takes hold of the stage with its co-ed brand of acoustic country. Based out of DeKalb, Mary Noren, Kyle Miller and Brian Miller look to sing the tunes from acts like Dierks Bentley to Miranda Lambert.
From Linda Ronstadt to Eric Clapton, Millerâ€™s Hometown Band continues to thrill audiences with its old-fashioned harmonies and multi-layered vocals.
Taking the stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Pat Miller on keyboard and vocals, Millerâ€™s Hometown Band is comprised of Kevin Miller on drums, harmonica and vocals, Mary Ann Miller on percussion and vocals, BrienÂ Prenevost on guitar and vocals, Ernie Uebel on saxophones, percussion and vocals, and Dave Miller on bass guitar and vocals.Â
Virgil Neace, Brad Hollands, Gary Scofield, Jim Warren, Dave Mikulskis and Bobby Scumaci make up the Chicago staple Hi Infidelity, bellowing out the tunes at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Available at www.hiinfidelity.com, the band plays numerous festivals and hits venues like Walter Paytonâ€™s Roundhouse.