Fred Fest | August 17, 2019
Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 17, 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.
12 pm | 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 indie rock, and today's current hits.
1 pm | Pat McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. Each of his songs represent a complete cycle of the creative process and the result is an evolving sound that couples a powerful and passionate voice with a fusion of musical genres. Expect to enjoy McKillen renditions of folk, pop, and rock.
The process of recording, mixing, producing and creating the artwork for his musical endeavors is a labor of love. He is always looking for new ways to bring words and his soul to sounds.
2:15 pm | Wichita Jacks are a bunch of buddies who first got together on a Sunday afternoon to play a fill-in gig for a band that didn't show up to perform. Prior to that day in 2013, the band didn't exist but has since come together as this combo. The name came from a guy named Jack Straw, who was from Wichita, or so the story goes! Wichita Jacks will perform songs by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels to the classics by CCR, John Mellencamp, and of course, songs by the Grateful Dead.
3:30 pm | The Gritland Band is the result of an interesting thing that happened at Main Street Outfitter (the center of the live music universe) in Wauconda, Illinois in early 2018. Five very talented lifelong musicians from four different Lake County bands decided it was time for something a little different…with a large dose of fun! Paul Wheatland and Steve Gritman named their new idea after themselves on a lark, but here they are with a rousing combination of genres, sometimes mixing Classical with Bluegrass, or Country music with Rhythm and Blues, or Classic Rock with some serious fiddle.
4:45 pm| Expo '76 is a cover band unlike any other out there. Their already huge and ever-expanding set list careers wildly through decades and genres as the band simply follows its own muse, playing music they love. Along the way, you'll find yourself hearing favorites that you haven't heard in years, songs that you loved but had forgotten about, and new favorites that you're hearing for the first time.