The addition of more bands has caused Saturday’s Concert for a Cause featuring Brantley Gilbert to turn into an all-out country music rendezvous.
The festivities begin late Saturday afternoon and continue into the night.
Gates at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport open at 3:30 p.m., and Chicago-based Cal Stage Band will get the music started at 4:30 p.m.
Old Dominion, a seasoned Nashville band that plays and works behind the scenes for many stars, will perform at 6 p.m.
They’ll be followed at 7:30 p.m. by Georgia native Craig Campbell, who currently has a hit on the radio, “Outta My Head,” from his album, “Never Regret.”
Gilbert, also from Georgia, who has been in the business since 2009 but still is considered a rising star, is scheduled to take the stage at about 9:15 p.m. Long after its original release, his album “Halfway to Heaven” still is No. 27 on the Billboard chart. He also has been working on a third album expected for release in late 2013.
“We’ve added a bunch of bands,” event promoter Merry Noonan said. “The music starts at 4:30 and it will play all the way until Brantley’s done.”
Noonan plans to share some proceeds from the concert with “the girls and boys of Little League.”
Plenty of tickets are available, and early buyers receive a discount. Tickets purchased before Saturday are $43. The day of the show they go up to $50, Noonan said.
Tickets are available at Lou’s LaGrotto for $43 until midnight Friday and also at Wyanet Carpet in Princeton until closing Friday.
Sponsors include 96.5-FM The Wolf, Euclid Beverage and Elliott Concrete.
No lawn chairs or coolers are allowed, but concert-goers are welcome to bring blankets.
Parking is provided by the city of Peru for $5 per car.