Best of Rockford winners named

The competition was fierce, the music was loud, and after hours of deliberation, the Best of Rockford battle is over! More than 70 bands competed for performance slots at the 2004 On the Waterfront Festival presented by Associated Bank.

The Festival occurs annually over Labor Day weekend and attracts approximately 350,000 patrons each year. The Best of Rockford Competition, which showcases the talents of Rockford-area musicians, crowned 17 winners this year. Also, two of the 17 Best of Rockford winners were selected as Platinum Award winners, securing an evening performance on some of the Festival’s hottest stages. Best of Rockford winners are chosen in several different music categories including rock, jazz, blues, country, oldies, folk, ethnic and gospel, and will be featured on various stages throughout the 2004 Festival.

The following performers are the 2004 Best of Rockford winners:

Platinum Best of Rockford Winners:

Steve Stapler and Ernie and the Po’ Boys.

Best of Rockford Winners:

Brianna Sky, Juelane, Frontiers, The Edge, Johnathan Kuss & The Corporation, Orange, The Snaggs, The Jodi Beach Trio, Dan Voll & Combo Loco, Frank Calvagna & Opan Jil, Coon Creek String Band, Cardenas III Generacion, Grupo Galaxia, Messenger, and Michelle Maves.

For more information on the Best of Rockford Competition and the upcoming On the Waterfront Festival, call 964-4388 or check

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