Fred Fest | August 18, 2018
Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 18, 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.
Tickets for Purchase at the Gate
12 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.
1:15 pm | Pat McKillen
A prolific songwriter, Pat McKillen finds joy in every part of the creative process. Each of his songs represent a complete cycle of the creative process. Dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the organic nature of his songwritting, McKillen brings life to songs mostly recorded in his Chicago apartment.
2:30 pm | Earthmother
Earthmother was formed under the philosophy of delivering an unforgettable and unique live experience. They met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music and soon discovered that they shared a love for improvised music. While most of their infleunces come from 60s and 70s rock, each member is influenced by an array of different styles, from funk to progressive rock to country. They use this as an advantage to express their music in as many different ways as possible, while keeping their music dripping with psychedelia.
3:45 pm | 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.
5 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. A frequent presence on the Chicago club circuit, John and his band Crazy Heart will take their musical exploits to a whole new level this year, building on a recent hugely successful tour of Scotland, the highlight of which was two mainstage appearances at the prestigious Tiree Music Festival.