Fred Fest | August 20, 2016
Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 19, from 12–6 pm. There is no rain date. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. Fred Fest benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Fred Fest raises funds for restoration of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its presettlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species.
1–1:45 pm | Sons of Bildor
Sons of Bildor is an acoustic rock duo comprised of Barrington brothers Rob and Charlie Knapik, covering popular music of all decades and genres. Join Sons of Bildor as they feature your favorites with a mix of rock n' roll, classic rock, alternative and indy rock, and today's current hits.
1:45–2:30 pm | Pat McKillen
Named Chicago's "Best Emerging Artist" in 2014, Pat McKillen is a prolific songwriter who finds joy in every part of the creative process. Drawing on influences such as Bon Iver and Coldplay, McKillen creates a sound that expands the notion of a traditional singer-songwriter.
2:30–3:30 pm | John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart
Fast becoming recognized as one of Chicago's premier country singers and songwriters, Ballantyne was born and raised in Scotland, though you'd never know it from his earthy vocal delivery and immaculate lead guitar. Both resonate with the twang and raunch of classic honky-tonk country, also known these days as Americana.
4–5 pm| Hudson–McCoy
Known for their high-energy interpretation of classic rock, as well as mood-settling ballads, Hudson-McCoy is classic rock! Honing their craft opening for such legendary classic rock acts, including Iron Butterfly, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, and Canned Heat, the "Boys" will entertain you as if you're an old friend.
5:30 - 6:30 | The Fluffers
Since 2005, the Fluffers have been entertaining audiences with their beautiful renditions of dance-hop, rock, lounge and blues. The uniqueness of their originals and obscurity of covers will leave you intrigued and eager for more.
7:00 - Dusk | Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Known throughout the Chicagoland region for their red hot, rockin' swamp boogie blues, Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners will interpret their Windy City blues roots in a uniquely individual way. Don't miss thie International Blues Challenger Finalist Band.
Appearing between sets |US
US is a youthful rock power trio from Lake County, IL. Since age 9, the boys have been pleasing audiences from Chicago, Wisconsin and all the way to Northern Minnesota. US won a North Shore Battle of the Bands for the 3rd year in a row. Now at age 14 Axel, Ryan & Aaron deliver high energy hits from the 60s through today and ensure the future of Rock and Roll!