The 2017 Lineup is here!
Rock on, Chicago!

Check out This Year's Headliners

The Giving Tree Band

Friday, September 1st at 8:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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If music is the universal language, then musicians are agents of unity and inclusivity. On FREQUENCY OF LOVE, the coming 5th studio album of The Giving Tree Band, much of their imaginative American rock 'n roll manifests from lucid dreams.  With all their instruments calibrated to sacred tunings inspired by ancient mythologies of healing and miracles, the Illinois group's new age outlaw sound opens the heart and invites the soul to dance. Loaded with tales of transcendent love and the adventures of warriors of the light, the positive vibrations sail out in all directions carrying the sweet message of harmony and optimism.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Saturday, September 2nd at 8:00pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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Ever since they first formed some 25 years ago, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies made it their mission to veer from genre to genre across the musical map, choosing to follow their own muse regardless of feedback from fans and critics alike. Truth be told, individuality and defiance have always been part of the band’s DNA, and have, in turn, reinforced their rebellious reputation. Granted, though that image is well deserved, the ability to bend the boundaries has been simultaneously tempered and informed by an adherence to an older, now vanished tradition, grounded in Tin Pan Alley, Swing music and the great American songbook.

According to the band’s longtime leader, singer/songwriter Steve Perry, the band’s mantra has remained the same – “the obstacle is the path”, that is, to pursue unexpected and difficult avenues that challenge both themselves as artists and modern sensibilities while at the same time adhering to standards and erstwhile traditions of American popular song.


Piano Man

Piano Man

Sunday, September 3rd at 7:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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Ryan Langevin stars as the Piano Man who gives a heartfelt and genuine tribute to the 2 biggest Piano/ Vocal Acts of our time...Elton John and Billy Joel.    

The Piano Man is a colorful and engaging stage show that audiences can enjoy watching in a theatre environment or dancing the night away at a festival, fundraiser, corporate event or pub night! Some performance highlights for The Piano Man include the Langley Canada Day Celebrations for a crowd of over 5000, sold-out shows at Prarieland Park Hall in Saskatoon for over 1500 people, Evraz Place in Regina for an audience of 1000, The Bell Centre For Performing Arts, Northlands Park in Edmonton, The PNE, The Edgewater Casino, and The Grand Villa Casino.

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Hush Train

Friday, September 1st at 4:00pm - Outside stage

Hush Train grew up on the streets and backroom speakeasies where they perfected their high-energy, fast-paced show for discerning Chicago audiences.  

Driven to bring late-night crowds something new, they developed a repertoire that transcends the bland standbys that other cover bands rely on.  The song selections speak to everyone, because EVERYONE relates to soul music!

Hush Train has collectively shared the stage with Parliament-Funkadelic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Soulive, Lee Fields, and many others.

Hush Train’s favorite artists include, Beyoncé, Cee-Lo, Mary J. Blige, Michael, Stevie, Maxwell, Chaka, Aretha.


Concrete Roots

Friday, September 1st at 6:00pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

The Concrete Roots is a reggae band based out of the Chicagoland area. This gathering is comprised of five musicians from various backgrounds that have a very deep respect for all sub-genres of reggae music and culture. Their eclectic sound combines roots-reggae-dub with soul and hip-hop. Since 2012 they have been playing live shows at traditional and unique venues throughout the Midwest. Their Debut self titled EP (released in July 2016 at the double door in Chicago) has been helping them gain buzz at a national level.

Future Stuff

Friday, September 1st at 7pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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The Midwest’s favorite new pop/folk/blues duo, FUTURE STUFF, has been described as a Teduschi Trucks Band meets The White Stripes meets Shakey Graves. The duo, with Thea Grace on bass, guitar, and percussion, and Gabe Burdulis on guitar, kick drum, and trumpet, create a sound as powerful as any large band. Their live shows highlight their beautifully blended harmonies and high energy while captivating the audience with their intimate atmosphere.


School of Rock chicago

Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00am - OUTSIDE STAGE

School of Rock is a performance-based music school for kids aged 8-18, located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Since 2006, we have been training Chicago’s next generation of rock and roll stars.

A School of Rock set is an amazing thing to watch - our students bring the rock harder than most "pro" bands they share the stage with - and we have become a yearly fixture at many local summer festivals, including Taste of Chicago, Milwaukee Summerfest, Riot Fest, BenFest, Wicker Park Fest and Retro on Roscoe. We have also played many local Chicago rock clubs, such as Metro, Reggie’s, Schuba’s, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Kinetic Playground and Beat Kitchen.


Saturday, September 2nd at 12:30pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

South of Disorder is a Jimmy Buffett cover/tribute band active in the Chicago area for the last ten years.  The band is dedicated the music and laid-back lifestyle of “Bubba” himself AND the never-ending search for the perfect Margarita!  South of Disorder puts on a lively and energetic show of what we call “Buffett and the Beach” music.  At least four out of five doctors agree:  South of Disorder will cure what ails you. You might want to add some tequila! And, if the docs are wrong at least you’ll care a whole lot less!

Fay Ray (Formerly Known as Church Booty)

Saturday, September 2nd at 1:00pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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With catchy melodies and grooves that can’t help but be danced to, Fay Ray delivers a unique musical experience born from their wide range of influences. Based in Chicago, the band consistently entertains crowds with high-energy performances that highlight their musical versatility and strong chemistry. Guided by tight arrangements and skillful improvisations, the bar is set at a high musical standard that works both the brain and the booty.

without u2 

Saturday, September 2nd at 2:30pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

A Without U2 show evokes the spirit, energy, and musicianship of the legendary Irish rock band U2 in an incredible fashion.  

Our carefully selected set list covers all periods of U2’s rock history and recreates in song, stage presence, and delivery an authentic U2 concert experience.  You will hear all the hits delivered note for note, from With or Without You, One, I Will Follow, Bad, Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday,  and on and on…

Almost better than the Real Thing.

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Saturday, September 2nd at 2:45pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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Live Band Karaoke is Chicagoland's FIRST and finest karaoke band. With a list of hundreds of songs, we play every genre you can think of: ROCK, POP, HEAVY METAL, HIP HOP, MOTOWN, COUNTRY, R&B, SOUL, DISCO, BLUES, PUNK, AND MORE!!!

Fulfill your rock and roll fantasies and be the lead singer in a real LIVE rock band. Say goodbye to your boring karaoke machine. The guys in the band are YOUR backup band. We even sing backup vocals with you to make YOU the star.   We bring the lyrics & the band, it's up to YOU to grab the microphone!


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Band Called Catch

Saturday, September 2nd at 5:00pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

Band Called Catch is an award winning band from Chicago, IL. Founded in 2008, the music is as eclectic as the members who create it. Blending Folk, Americana, Rock, Alternative, Pop, and Oldies to create the unique new age sound that is BCC. The most recent record "The Story" has had multiple songs licensed to MTV, Films, and Commercials. The current record is available for download on Itunes and Amazon and can be streamed on Spotify.



ty stone as james Brown                              

Saturday, September 2nd at 5:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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The Soul of James Brown is found in this authentic James Brown tribute to the Godfather of Soul by Ty Stone. He honors this amazing entertainer in a spectacular production as dazzling and elaborate as James's own performances. His shouting vocals, feverish dancing, wardrobe and unique rhythmic style are perfectly duplicated in this show, from a great band to go-go dancing girls in the premium show. We can also provide the show with a digitally recorded track. The show can also be followed with a full dance set through the decades with multiple vocalists.

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The 17th Floor

Saturday, September at 6:30pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

Already considered to be party legends, The 17th Floor has astounded audiences around the world with their remarkable blend of live hip-hop and R&B music, accented by solid musicianship, energy, tight choreography and a strong commitment to entertaining their audience. The 17th Floor shared the stage with such acts as Boyz II Men, Jodeci, and M.C. Hammer. They’ve opened up for major artist like Ludacris, Maroon 5, Earth, Wind & Fire, Busta Rhymes and many more. The 17th Floor members consist of A.T. on bass and keys, lead guitarist and keys “Frankie Blaze”, drummer D’ZEL, rapper Jroc, and lead singer Traye D. Music has changed, and the 17th Floor has kept up with the time by having an up tempo show with old-skool hip-hop & R&B, new school music and a little D.J. fun in the show. You won’t be disappointed. STAY TUNED!!! Welcome to the 17th Floor!!!!

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School of Rock - Evanston

Sunday, September 3rd at 11:00am - OUTSIDE STAGE

School of Rock is a performance based music school, giving people of all ages the opportunity to ROCK. Our unique educational approach to music combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals, preparing students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. School of Rock students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident as a result!

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Gregg & F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Sunday, September 3rd at 1:00pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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GREGG & F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is an aggregation of vibrant, spirit filled people that share the gospel of Jesus Christ! With a fervor and passion to lead lost souls to God, we minister under the anointing and auspices of the Holy Ghost! From traditional choir attire to unconventional vocal arrangements, you can prepare for a high octane, power packed gospel experience that delivers an in time message. Through prayer, supplication, rehearsal and LOVE FOR MINISTRY the harmonious vocal style of GREGG & F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has helped many lost souls to realize that they are not alone in the struggles of life!

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Chicago Loud 9

Sunday, September 3rd at 3:00pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

Chicago Loud 9 (commonly abbreviated as cLOUD9) is a diverse group with an eclectic sound that merges an intense post-alternative rock experience with sounds from many past decades. The group’s unique blend of musical backgrounds leads to sounds of hip-hop, funk, and reggae with other influences ranging from punk to blues to jazz. cLOUD9 is gearing up for their 3rd project “REASON” and has released the 1st video off of the project “Fresher.” Armed with an infectious sound that engages ears of all musical palettes and eras, the group has earned fans from all sorts of backgrounds.

Bonzo Squad

Bonzo Squad

Sunday, September 3rd at 3:00pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM
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This musical collaborative effort spearheaded by saxophonist Corbin Andrick is taking on Chicago one show and one melted face at a time. Specializing in locked-in grooves accented with advanced harmony, Bonzo Squad is sure to bring you to your metaphorical/musical knees with its bold flavors and striking stage presence. This band can play, you'll find it difficult not to get down to this sound.



Sunday, September 3rd at 4:30pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

Hyryder is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band formed in Indianapolis, Indiana in the summer of 2008. The band was born out of an intense love and appreciation for the music of the Grateful Dead and a desire to help carry on this rich musical tradition.

Hyryder strives musically to create an authentic Grateful Dead experience, paying close attention to detail.  The band routinely performs "monster" 3 set shows, weaving in and out from one song to the next. While paying tribute to the original compositions, Hyryder indeed crafts their own unique take on the music focusing on extended improvisational jamming.  The band prides itself on its ever changing progressive jams and set lists that are unique to each particular show.  

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Luke Johanson

Sunday, September 3rd

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Luke is a singer/ songwriter from Watertown, Massachusetts.  At the age of 18 he moved to Chicago to attend the acting program at The Theater School at DePaul University.  He met his wife (Sarah) while living in Los Angeles, and they spent the next year traveling and playing music together.  They ended up in Texas, Sarah's home state, and continued writing music and playing at honky tonks throughout the state (Greene Hall, the Saxon Pub, the Cove).  Luke's music is composed with Americana roots and branches into country, folk, and Irish folk influence.  Now back in New England, Luke intends to continue traveling, playing, writing music, and sharing his experiences with the the world.

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Waylon Payne

Sunday, September 3rd at 5:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
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Named for his godfather Waylon Jennings, Waylon Payne is the son of golden-age country singer Sammi Smith and longtime Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne. In 2004 he released a critically acclaimed debut album called The Drifter. Payne played Jerry Lee Lewis in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line in 2005. Other film and TV roles followed, including a praised turn as the lead in 2007's Crazy about the life of legendary guitarist Hank Garland. Payne has two cuts on Miranda Lambert's 2016 album, The Weight of These Wings--"Use My Heart" and "To Learn Her," both co-written with Lambert and Ashley Monroe. His solo-penned "Solitary Thinkin'" earned Lee Ann Womak a Grammy in 2009. Payne's songs are sublime nuggets other artists can definitely take and cherish as their own, but nothing beats hearing the man sing them himself.




Sunday, September 3rd at 6:30pm - OUTSIDE STAGE

Rico is defined as a band with a rich sound of diversified musical cultures. A mixture of sophisticated melodic genres and ethnicity coming together is the essence of Rico! Influenced tremendously by the sound and spirit of Santana, you can say Rico is the modern day Santana. Rico creates an immense fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and pure passion. The band will move you physically and mentally with their hypnotic blend of afro-cuban rhythms, or purge deep into your soul with their eminent sense of melody. The world’s music is Rico! and their vision is to play inspiring music bridging the gap and bringing all people together in peace, harmony, and happiness.

Natty nation

Sunday, September 3rd at 12:30PM - OUTSIDE STAGE

Critically-acclaimed hard roots rock reggae outfit Natty Nation is a collective of spiritual warriors. For over twenty years, the Madison, Wisconsin-based group has purely and fearlessly followed its inner artistic continuum. Along the way, Natty Nation has burst through genres while retaining a distinct roots reggae core. 

Through it all—whether it’s onstage conducting its shamanistic live show, or in the studio pushing the scope of its musicality while honing its sharp songcraft—Natty Nation has remained dedicated to one mission: spreading light. They're currently touring in support of their full length album, Divine Spark (2016).