The temperature is running hot as live music around Joliet kick it into mid summer high gear this weekend!
Friday at 5PM is starting time for the ‘Will County Celtic Fest’ being held at Bicentennial Park, 201 W Jefferson St (Jefferson & Bluff) through Saturday evening. Live bands will be performing with “Three Men In Kilts” opening at 6PM. TMIK plays a diverse assortment of Irish ballads and pub songs along with Jimmy Buffet, The Beatles and a whole lot more. At 8PM “The Larkin & Moran Brothers” take over the festival stage. The brothers have become one of the most sought after Irish/Celtic rock bands in the country and in October embark on a tour of Ireland.
Got grindcore? Mojoe’s (22 W Cass St) has become the Midwest hot spot for all things heavy metal and this weekend is no exception. ‘The Death Of Greeley Estates Tour’ makes a stop there Friday night starting at 5:30PM. “The Plot In You”, “Life On Repeat”, “Everyone Dies In Utah”, “Miracle At St Anna”, “Diremption” and “We Who Overcame” will join “Greeley Estates”. This is another all-ages metal extravaganza that Mojoe’s in known for so head over to http://theticketrumba.com/tickets/760 and plunk down $10 for a fine evening of face melting rock.
“Poison’d Crue” and Bada Brew (802 Theodore St) present ‘A Night of Rock’ kicking off at 9PM. Crue is an high energy hard rock cover band with a special emphasis on Motley Crue and Poison. Expect to hear choice cuts from Skynyrd to Alice in Chains right along with your hair metal so even if you’re not a huge Motley or Poison fan this band will still get your head banging. Opening the even however is the band “Bamboozled”. I did catch a couple of sets from this band late last year and can only hope that they have made some major improvements since then.
Reach into the back of your closet, grab your favorite polyester leisure suit, platform shoes and zodiac chain and hop on the way-back machine to Leo’s Pizza Pub (201 E Romeo Rd in Romeoville) to catch the 10-piece dance party band “Boogie Shoes”. The band fires up at 9PM so If your looking to spend a Friday night on the dance floor, this is where you need to be.
In New Lenox The Charley Horse Pub & Grill (901 E Lincoln Hwy) host the ‘Good Time Feel Good Classic Rock Oldies’ band “Hard Times”. Don’t let the ‘oldies’ moniker fool you, these guys kick ass. The show gets going at 8PM so come early for a exceptional meal and stay late for a first rate band.
At Tailgaters in Bolingbrook (431 W Boughton Rd) the party rock cover band “Drunken Skunk” jumps on stage at 8PM with an array of tunes designed to get you off your seat and on your feet. My band “The Last Envy” (9PM Sat July 30th @ Bailey’s in Tinley Park) had the pleasure of sharing the stage with these guys at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin and we enjoyed them so much that we are planning a future show together.
Moving onto Saturday night at 7:30PM the Uptown Tap & Grill located 24035 Lockport St in Plainfield welcomes the ever-popular country rock band “Hillbilly Rockstarz”. For them it’s all about good times hillbilly style and these guys provide the gunpowder and lead, all they need is you!
Meanwhile in neighboring Crest Hill, Bada Brew will be teasing the Richter scale given that the Rage Against The Machines tribute band “Fist A Gon” will be thundering onstage at 8PM. The band (I’ll dispense with the usual use of initials here) has been feeding the need for Chicagoland RATM fans for the past five years so call your friends, rally round the family and get your Rage on.
One of the better opening/headliner combinations raids Kegler’s Sports Bar Saturday night when “The Arson Club” sets off a night of power punk and classic hard rock along with headliners “Under D Influence”. Getting underway at 9:30PM, Arson Club performs a high-energy set of blistering original rock (see my previous article http://exm.nr/mCkbq2) with a measured quantity of tongue in cheek humor. UDI has been ascending in popularity by imparting a solid, well thought out show along with an audience friendly stage performance. Read my previous article on UDI at http://exm.nr/jQ0J34.
Over at Bicentennial Park in Joliet the ‘Will County Celtic Fest’ continues with “Irish Session” at noon followed by the “Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society” of the Chicago Police Dept at 1:30PM. This ensemble has performed at festivals, parades and at the funerals for fallen police and firemen across the nation. At 2PM the “Plough Boys” heads over to the main stage. The Boys are the self-proclaimed ‘Purveyors of Irish Musical Mayhem’ and sprinkle their act with a liberal dosage of fun good-natured humor. The Emerald Society returns to the stage at 3:30PM followed by “Reilly” at 4:00. Reilly is a fusion of traditional Irish and rock music fronted by fiddle player/vocalist Kimmy Unger. “Highland Reign” takes the stage over at 6PM. Bagpipes and guitars are the order of the day for this Scottish-American folk rock band that has played scores of festival stages across the country. Closing out the fest at 7:30PM is “The Kreellers”, who are a Detroit based high energy Celtic rock powerhouse and a more than suitable attraction to set the sun on the festival for another year.
You can’t stop the music even on a Sunday. Once again the weekly ‘Joliet Heritage Blues Jam’ jumps off at Kegler’s Sports Bar in Crest Hill at 6PM. This is a night of traditional yet very much a contemporary blues that you can use that features not only the areas top shelf of blues musicians but is hosted by the congenial T-Bird Huck, who himself is a local legend. This jam is a Joliet tradition going back 20 years but if you don’t patronize the event or the venue, it will cease to exist.
The Front Street Cantina in Lemont welcomes back by popular demand an evening of acoustic folk, pop and rock by singer/songwriter Sandy Cody. Sandy is live in the beer garden beginning at 5:30PM so come on down, enjoy a frosty beverage and take in some fine acoustic music.
Finally on Sunday the ‘7thAnnual Multicultural Picnic’ is being held at St Andrews Catholic Church, 530 Glen Ave in Romeoville from 11AM to 10PM. Headlining the event is classic rock band “Moving Targets” commencing at 8PM. The band is all about up-tempo super charged hits from the past five decades and a first-rate choice to close out not just the event but also a full weekend of diverse choices for the appreciative lover of local live music.
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