Entertainment



Friday openers playing from 6:30-7:45

Jake Hoult is a Country Singer/Songwriter, born and raised in central Illinois. After taking several trips with his grandparents to Branson, Missouri, Jake fell in love with music. Jake began his musical journey at the age of four performing at local talent shows, churches, and small events. Today, at 21 years old, Jake has had the pleasure of performing in front of audiences across the U.S. including venues in Branson, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee. Jake has had the pleasure of sharing the bill with a number of artists from Classic Country hit maker, Ronnie McDowell to Contemporary Christian artist, Matthew West.

Jake is constantly working hard at his music career. He is currently attending Greenville University to attain his Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry. Aside from his original music, Jake’s high energy Country show includes a little Rock & Roll, and Pop as well. His biggest musical influences include: Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and many more. Jake has grown in popularity among all ages in the last few years and always strives to put on a great show for his concert goers.

 



Friday, 8-9:30pm

Bill Forness & One More Round, a Tribute to Johnny Cash are sweeping the country with the iconic sounds of legendary Johnny Cash. Celebrating the life and music of one of the most influential musicians of our time, Bill Forness has mastered the essence of a real Johnny Cash performance. With a deep baritone voice and a theatrical stage presence, Bill Forness & One More Round has become the most sought after Johnny Cash Tribute act anywhere!

Bill Forness & One More Round perform a theatrical tribute to the ‘Man In Black’ with an authentic stage presence Johnny Cash fans deserve!
The show delivers hits from the 1950′s onward. Most notably “Ring of Fire”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “I Walk The Line”, “Boy Named Sue”, and the Grammy winning “Jackson” which includes band member Sharon Newell as June Carter.

Keeping in the tradition of Johnny’s Sun Records releases and America’s favorite duets, including the 1990′s music from Johnny’s American Recordings, Bill Forness & One More Round deliver the Rock N Roll-Blues-Rockabilly-Folkin-Gospel iconic sounds of Johnny Cash

 


Saturday, 12:15pm-12:30pm

The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band has been performing fast-moving, choreographed routines to upbeat music since 1976. The musicians, including trumpets, trombones, saxophones, bass and snare drums, and sousaphone are dressed in colorful clown costumes and entertain the crowd with comic interaction and fancy footwork.

The 15-minute choreographed show, followed by musical strolling through the crowd, includes familiar tunes like Zoot Suit Riot, It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing, Pick up the Pieces, Gimme’ Some Lovin’, Birdland, Jump Jive an’ Wail, Your Mama Don’t Dance, and many more of your popular favorites.

Based in Indianapolis, IN, the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers routinely entertain crowds at Indiana Pacers basketball and Indianapolis Colts football games as well as at private parties, parades and the Indiana State Fair. As word of the twelve talented musicians and their high energy show spread, the group began appearing in fairs across the country such as the San Diego Fair, the New York State Fair, the Wisconsin State Fair, and the Alaska State Fair. The band has also performed in the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY for the past 10 years, as well as  Carnival in Nice, France,  the European version of Mardi Gras and the Shanghai International Music Festival.



Saturday, 2pm-4pm

Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.

Morry Sochat (pronounced Socket) moved to Chicago from Texas in 1990. He started playing harmonica in 2000, taking lessons from renowned teacher, Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He played with The Shakes and Tongue & Groove before starting The Special 20s in 2005. Their first, self-titled release, recorded in 2006, was received with great reviews, taking the 20s from playing one or two nights a month to constant bookings all over the city. Morry has been playing around the city learning from the greats in Chicago, playing with Dave Specter, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck.
In 2007, Sochat took the next step and went out on his own. He hired some of the best musicians in Chicago to round out The Special 20s. In 2008, they returned to the studio to record a new CD. The recording Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ was produced by Nick Moss and featured Ted Beranis, Kenny Smith, Dave Ross, Nick Krebs, Shoji Naito, and Jim St. Marie. The CD was also met with rave reviews. This opened up doors for the band across the US.

In 2010 Morry took the band back to the studio to release Eatin’ Dirt. The CD was produced by Jimmy Sutton, and features 10 original songs. The band has grown in both skill level and size, adding a horn section on a lot of the songs. Eating’ Dirt was a sound expansion for the band. It was the first CD that brought in the horn section. The recording featured the line up of Marty Binder, Doug Corcoran, Shoji Naito, Chris Neal, Jim St. Marie and Ted Beranis. It has special guests Billy Flynn, Dave Hererro, and Brother John on the CD. The sound is vintage with a modern feel.

 

 



Saturday, 5:45-7:45

Singing together since elementary school, Trouble & Company, Joe Nave, Chris Perry, and Laif Burns hail from Martinsville, Illinois. Trouble & Company took their love of music and began performing in 1994 for festivals, fairs, parties and weddings. Trouble & Company are award-winning scatters, vocalists and a state fair award-winning group performing a variety of old rock-and-roll and country. Trouble & Company choreograph their own dances. Their award-winning vocals have taken them to Carnegie Hall in New York City, New Orleans, Louisville Riverboat, and across Indiana and Illinois.

 


Saturday, 8-9:30pm

Francelle is a petite powerhouse, singer-songwriter from Canada’s East Coast. Her unique vocal styles is frequently compared to our great country music legends Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Francelle is also an accomplished guitar & mandolin player and always brings the house down with her nonstop energy and world class performances. She is currently recording her brand new EP with original songs in Los Angeles and Nashville. Bringing back the vintage style in country music, her current single “Tell Me Why” is available on iTunes. She has quickly expanded her music career nationally on “Canada’s Got Talent” performing for millions of viewers.

Francelle is known across the globe for her very unique and incredible yodelling skills. She recently performed as the headliner for “World Yodel Day” in South Korea. With hundreds of videos on the web, she became a Youtube sensation. Francelle has recorded two full length albums in Nashville, Tennessee. Her music can be heard on 100 radio stations across Canada. Recording her last album, Francelle collaborated musically with internationally known musicians such as Regi Wooten, B James Lowry (Michael Jackson, Leann Rimes) Michael Rojas (Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan) and many more… These albums have been recognized as #9 in Country Music News and a nomination for the East Coast Music Awards. Already having 800 shows under her belt, Francelle is a force to be reckoned with on stage.

Currently touring Southern California with The Arnie Newman Band, they quickly gained recognition and won Best Band of 2017 in the Inland Empire. This young singer is officially endorsed by Gold Tone Instruments and Little Walter. Francelle was flown to Los Angeles to meet with a prestigious agency Copeland Entertainment. It wasn’t long after that, she landed a five year management deal. Copeland Entertainment provided Francelle with over 300 shows including The Ranch, Toby Keith’s, festivals, Vegas venues and private events. Under Copeland Entertainment’s umbrella, Francelle had the pleasure of meeting and performing for the executives of Warner Brothers. Francelle’s undeniable charm and and dynamic vocals always leaves a long lasting impression.


Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm

Pix & Stix Band is a classic rock and country band playing your favorite hits.  The band is made up of local artists,

John Golish, Phil Ivy, Chris Wilson, Jeff Lookebill, and Tammy Lowe.