Fab Janes, U.S. Radio help celebrate Durand’s 150th year

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11515195806087.jpg’, ‘File photo by James Thompson’, ‘The Fabulous Janes (photo) and U.S. Radio combine to headline Durand’s five-day Fourth of July Festival. In addition to music, the festival will also include go-kart races, food and fireworks.’);

Durand plans five-day Fourth of July Festival, June 30-July 4

DURAND—The Fabulous Janes, a high-energy arena rock band, and U.S. Radio, playing pop rock from the 1970s and 1980s, are just some of the entertainment at the Durand five-day Fourth of July Festival and sesquicentennial (150- year) celebration.

The Fabulous Janes kick off the festival Friday night, June 30, on the square in downtown Durand. With their high-energy eclectic blend of hits and stage antics, the Janes always surprise critics who can’t believe their multi-generational appeal. Widely popular in the Chicago and Rockford metro areas, the Janes continue to surprise fans with the unexpected. Durand expects to pack the Square when the music starts at 8 p.m. and goes to midnight.

The music takes on a different sound Saturday night, July 1, when RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) Award winner U.S. Radio takes the stage on the Square. Noted for playing a variety of music, much of it 1970s and 1980s pop rock, the group has received recognition from area music experts for their unique style and diverse playlist. U.S. Radio also plays from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Admission cost for either night is $5, surprisingly low for such popular talent. Food and drinks will be available on the Square.

Along with the bands, Durand’s festival includes sanctioned go-kart races around the town square Saturday and Sunday, a children’s carnival, food booths, parade,

outhouse races, tractor pulls, fireworks and much more. There are also historical events commemorating the town’s 150-year existence. Festival runs from Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4.

Durand is on Illinois Route 70, just north of the intersection of Illinois Route 75. For more information, call 248-4445 or go to the Web site www.durand-il-150.com.

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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