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home : news : north central illinois   April 29, 2016

7/16/2013 7:17:00 AM
Ottawa Riverfest to feature local musicians, tribute bands, former stars

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — If you like the music of the Eagles, Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac, be sure to check out this year’s Riverfest lineup.

Ottawa city officials released the lineup of the Aug. 1-4 summer festival and the live music kicks off with Chicago Farmer, a singer-songwriter, followed by “Hotel California,” the only Eagles tribute band sanctioned by the original band.

“It’s a really good lineup,” music coordinator Kevin Chalfant said, “and we tried to get something for everyone.”

Mayor Bob Eschbach noted that festival organizers also tweaked the times to better meet the personal schedules of Ottawa residents. Thursday performances begin at 6 p.m., not 5 p.m., and wrap up at 11 p.m. instead of midnight. Sunday performances kick off after the parade ends at 3 p.m. and the final performance concludes at 9:30 p.m.

“Last year we had some tremendous music on Sunday, but it was just way too late,” he said.

Also new this year: DJ Baby J will spin tunes in between live sets.

The Friday, Aug. 2 lineup begins with the Lizzi Neal Band and ’90s Daughter (band for the Chicago Blackhawks) and the Young Turks, a Rod Stewart tribute band led by a singer that Chalfant called “a dead ringer” for Rod the Mod.

Saturday’s lineup includes Cheap Thrill, featuring members of Collective Soul and Cinderella; Fergie Ferguson and The Heartbreaker Band, featuring the former lead singer of Toto; and the Handcuffs, featuring Brad Elvis of the Romantics.

The event concludes Sunday with Fleetwood Nicks and Heart Alive, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Heart, as well as regional acts Abbynormal and Highwater.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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