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home : news : local   October 6, 2015

8/16/2014 5:04:00 PM
Local band opens rock festival; Godsmack concludes it (video)

NewsTribune photo/Scott AndersonGodsmack lead singer Sully Erna, sings the band's song
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Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna, sings the band's song "Keep Away" during the Lou's Lagrotto Concert for a Cause at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport Saturday night. Organizer Merry Noonan was able to get Rockstar Energy Drink's Uproar Festival tour to make a stop in Peru. Godsmack headlined the all-day rock concert.
NewsTribune photo/Amy FlaneryLocal band Aterra Tale won some stage-time during Saturday's Uproar Festival in Peru.
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Local band Aterra Tale won some stage-time during Saturday's Uproar Festival in Peru.
Amy Flanery
Lifestyle Editor

The music was like a magnet, pulling people toward the stage where local band Aterra Tale got the festival started. The Princeton-based band had won the chance to play at the Uproar Festival after an online battle-of-the-bands vote.

Jeremiah Krager of LaMoille said it was the third time he had seen the band perform, and they have been good every time.

“I think they’ve got a really good stage presence,” he said. “They like to really get the crowd involved.”

Austin Spencer of Franklin, Ill. compared the band’s sound to that of established rock band Thousand Foot Crutch.

Merry Noonan, co-owner of Lou’s LaGrotto restaurant in Peru and local Concert for a Cause promoter, brought the 10-band, two-stage festival to Peru with the intention of providing funding for technology upgrades at Centennial Elementary School in Streator.

As of gate time on Saturday, though, Noonan was a little nervous about attendance. Only 2,200 advance tickets had been sold. That was about the same as the previous concert, a country show,  but Noonan said bringing the festival to Peru cost three times as much.

“I’m praying and hoping for a huge walk-up today,” she said, adding that the festival tour’s first stop had a lot of walk-ups, so she hadn’t given up hope.

The Uproar Festival continues through Sept. 21. Saturday’s show is the only stop in Illinois.

Amy Flanery can be reached at (815) 220-6975 or Follow her on Twitter: @NT_Online.

More coverage in Monday's NewsTribune.

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