Cherry Valley Festival Days Aug. 25-27

Cherry Valley Festival Days is set for Aug. 25-27 in Baumann Park, downtown Cherry Valley.

The Main Stage lineup has been set and promises to deliver outstanding musical entertainment for one of this summer’s best festivals.

Featuring a nine-band lineup, which is strong from start to finish, you will want to get there early and stay until the final curtain call.

Admission buttons are good for all three days, and are available at the gate for $5 Friday, $4 Saturday and $3 Sunday. A second stage, with varied entertainment, increases the total number of performances to more than 20 throughout the three days.

Local rockers The Edge kick things off at 5:30 p.m., Friday, with some of the coolest hard-rocking classic rock songs.

Fireworks will light the night sky at dusk.

Headlining Friday night is Hairbanger’s Ball. The crazy train has left the station, complete with the monster hair, tattoos, the leopard print spandex and all the makeup you can handle. This highly entertaining band features the best songs of the 1980’s big hair era.

Getting things started Saturday at 12:30 p.m. is Hotrod Hank and the Hollowbodies, performing revved-up vintage country.

At 3 p.m., Saturday, the Crunchy Frogs take the stage. This band was voted Best Local Band for 2005 in “What Rocks” Rockford.

Riding the resurgent popularity of the band U2, Vertigo USA will be live on stage at 6 p.m. This band looks, acts and sounds authentic, just like being at a U2 concert.

Saturday night headliners the Fabulous Janes are the most original cover band to ever take the stage. Their antics and high-energy show are unsurpassed. If you never miss their shows, or want to experience them for the first time, get out and see them at the festival that was the first to bring them to the area.

Sunday, the festival will go country with Rockford’s Country Q98.5.

Prime Time Live Band turns from rock to country, with an entertaining set starting at 12:15 p.m. With their powerful new vocalist Nikki Heredia, Tim Schulz’s blazing guitar and a fiddle in the mix, this is a band you must see.

Reuniting after a few years apart, Thunder Heart will take the stage at 2:45 p.m. Come see what made them Rockford’s top country band of the 1990s.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., and rounding out the weekend, is Cowboy Crush. An all-girl band from Nashville, Tenn., on Asylum/Curb Records, they sing like angels, play like demons and have more fun while they’re doing it than anyone you’ve ever seen on stage. Visit

For more information, call 332-3441 or visit

From the Aug. 23-29, 2006, issue

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