Local musicians are real headliners at OTW

Rock, boogie, jive and just get down with local , regional and national performers at the 19th On The Waterfront Festival presented by Associated Bank this weekend.

See the stars we love the most at the Waterfront Cafe Stage, located at the National City Bank Plaza on West State Street. That venue highlights many local artists that children, teens and adults will want to hear as the vocals, acoustics and harmonies radiate from the stage.

Waterfront Cafe concerts feature tunes from rock, oldies, jazz, folk and blues and showcase an eclectic mix of concerts worth attending. While enjoying the concerts, be sure to enjoy refreshing Pepsi products, specialty coffees and delicious wines. Also, you will not want to miss the sumptuous array of tasty desserts like fruit tarts, ice cream sundaes and cheesecake.

Festival admission buttons are $8 in advance and $12 at the gate and will get you into all Festival events. Buttons are currently available at more than 100 button outlets and online at www.onthewaterfront.com.

Performers on Friday, August 30 are: Coon Creek String Band, Melodious Thunks, and The Fabricators. Saturday, August 30 features Spoonful JC, Slick Nickel, Michelle Maves, The Seed Band, Stan Reese Plays the Blues, Basement Blues Band and Toad Soup. On Sunday, Sept. 1, you can hear Mad Daddy Blues, Thomas Leary, Acoustic Millennium Band, Betsy Kaske, Snaggs and the Tom Mac Group.

Performer biographies

Melodious Thunks, a local family ensemble, puts on a fantastic concert with a smooth jazz style. Members have toured internationally, performed in community musicals and operas and composed arrangements for the U.S. Marine Corps big band. While in the local area, they perform individually at their church or at charity events. (Best of Rockford winner)

The Fabricators are a local favorite band that has played together for more than seven years at private functions, local nightclubs and festivals. They are sure to Rock your seats and Roll you on home with old classics from Elvis Presley and more recent tunes from Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp.

Freeport native Michelle Maves is back again to give Rockford a taste of fantastic vocal performance styles form pop to jazz and gospel to country. Currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in Musical Theatre at North Central School in Naperville. Maves began her singing career when she was only three years old. (Best of Rockford winner)

Toad Soup, a six-member local band, combines the great sounds of guitar, saxophone, keyboard and percussions with vocals to give one hot performance. As a 2001 RAMI-nominated act, Toad Soup plays the hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s that people know and love.

Although born in Rockford, Thomas Leary traveled and grew to love the West. He adds a cowboy flavor to his country songs. His own songs are a tribute to favorite bands and friends. In 1995, Leary founded Mule Dog Records and Magazine, and his new album, Arizona, highlights a country-rock song, “Hard Rock.” (Best of Rockford winner)

The Tom Mac Group, a diverse, multi-talented group, plays a unique mixture of

originals and cover tunes ranging across styles such as classical, Latin, jazz, rock, blues and folk. The songs reflect the diversity of the group as members come from Brazil, Costa Rica and the United States. They combine American jazz, folk and rock with traditional ethnic elements.

On The Waterfront, presented by Associated Bank, is Illinois’ largest music festival and is held over Labor Day weekend, annually attracting over 350,000 people to the streets of the downtown River District in Rockford. Awarded the prestigious Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award by the International Festivals and Events Association for excellence in event promotion, the festival is planned and produced by On The Waterfront, Inc., a non-profit organization and thousands of volunteers.

Since 1986, OTW, Inc. has helped local not-for-profit organizations raise over $6.5 million. On The Waterfront, Inc. also produces the OTW Director’s Challenge (June 24, 2002), Groove Walk (May 11, 2002) and Gourmet Alley (Sept. 29, 2002).

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