On the Waterfront briefs

It’s one Rockin’ Festival

Attracting more than 300,000 festival-goers, spread over 30 city blocks, and showcasing 150 musical performances, it’s no wonder On The Waterfront, presented by Associated Bank, was named one of the top three festivals in Illinois. This year’s Miller Lite Great Lawn Stage features music from none other than SHeDaisy with Darryl Worley and Jack Ingram on Thursday, Aug. 31, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Friday, Sept. 1 and Rockford’s hometown boys, Cheap Trick in concert with Buddy Guy, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Music legend Ted Nugent closes a full weekend of festivities with a rock ‘n roll concert on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Kids, Kids, Kids

On the Waterfront is the place for kids’ activities and tons of family fun. Two carnivals, one on each side of the river, are designed for kids of all ages. Carnival West features favorites for the younger ones such as the tilt-a-whirl, merry-go-round, roller coaster and more. At Carnival East, teens and adults will love the Zipper and the huge Ferris Wheel. And don’t miss the ComEd Kids’ Castle, full of more than 30 make-and-take activities. With face painting, a U.S. Army Battalion display and a Big Wheel Race, kids are sure to be entertained all weekend long!

Food and Fireworks

There’s more than music on the menu at this year’s On the Waterfront Festival. With 40 food booths featuring delicacies from around the world, your taste buds will certainly be tempted. After a day of play, you won’t want to miss the nightly fireworks exploding over the beautiful Rock River and Davis Park. For information on other On the Waterfront activities and events, visit www.onthewaterfront.com.

Admission Buttons on Sale Now!

Your admission button gets you in to all of the exciting On the Waterfront activities (Miller Lite Great Lawn Stage concert tickets sold separately) and can be purchased online at www.onthewaterfront.com or at many area retail outlets. Buttons purchased before the Festival are $12–that’s three days of admission for only $4 a day! Visit this link for a list of button outlet locations. Don’t wait—get your On the Waterfront button today!

Festival Airlines Jazz Stage at On The Waterfront

The Festival Airlines Jazz Stage will feature some amazing jazz artists from across the country at On The Waterfront Festival, presented by Associated Bank.

Ryan Toby—Saturday, Sept. 2 – 10 p.m.

Ryan Toby has been around since his movie debut in Sister Act 2 at the age of 16, where he not only wrote the rap for the single “Joyful, Joyful,” but was also the featured soloist on the film’s single “Oh Happy Day.” After the film’s huge success, Toby attended Grambling University and began working with producer Jazzy Jeff (of the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff fame). From there, Toby’s credits look like a who’s who of the music business. Not only did he receive writing credits for four songs on Will Smith’s album Big Willie Style, but he also has written for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Brian McKnight, Ruben Studdard, LL Cool J, and Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish. In addition to writing, Ryan Toby was a part of the trio known as City High. Their debut album sold millions worldwide and received a Grammy nomination in 2001. After all his success, Toby is finally ready to make his solo debut. His album, entitled Soul of a Songwriter, will be released on his new independent label, Overflow Entertainment, and he hopes to rejuvenate the lost R&B singer tradition of smoothly sensitive urban music.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies—Friday, Sept. 1 – 10 p.m.

The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were formed in 1989 and created a musical style they consider to be a mix of swing, ska and rock. However, the group is most famously known for their part in the swing revival of the late 1990s in which the single “Zoot Suit Riot” saw great success. Their new project draws on Latin, tropical and reggae sounds with a few swing songs included as well. The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have a unique sound that adds a bit of diversity to the pop/rock world of music today.

Richard Elliot—Sunday, Sept. 3 – 9 p.m.

Richard Elliot is an icon in contemporary jazz radio who puts a great deal of time into his live performances and creates an enduring relationship with his fans. Like a booming metropolis, saxman Richard Elliot is a rhythmic force of funk and fire, diverse and distinctive, passionate and powerful, soulful and seductive.

Rockford Public Library Country

Stage at On the Waterfront

The Rockford Public Library Country Stage at On the Waterfront Festival, presented by Associated Bank, will feature some of the best regional and national country acts this Labor Day weekend!

Billy Currington—Friday, Sept. 1 – 10 p.m.

Billy Currington released his debut album in 2003 and saw success with hits like “Walk a Little Straighter” and “I Got a Feeling.” His recently released sophomore album, Doin’ Somethin’ Right, has a more mature Southern sound with blues-tinged country. The album is already producing hits with “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “Why, Why, Why.” In addition to the success Currington has seen with his solo projects, in 2004 he recorded with Shania Twain on “Party for Two,” which was one of the year’s biggest hits. Even though Billy Currington is one of country’s hottest rising stars, he is a Southern boy at heart. His music captures the lives of hard-working people who often live off the beaten path, and even after four years on the road performing in front of fans all over the world, Currington remembers his roots and the hard work it took to get him to Nashville.

Danielle Peck—Saturday, Sept. 2 – 10:30 p.m.

Danielle Peck grew up in Coshocton, Ohio, singing in various churches, bars and festivals. By her early 20’s, she decided to move to Nashville in hopes of getting her voice discovered. Upon arriving in Tennessee, it was only a short period of time before Peck was wowing people in the music industry. She signed a record deal and debuted her first single, “I Don’t.” It was an instant hit, and her name has been growing in the country music scene ever since.

Trent Willmon—Sunday, Sept. 3 – 9 p.m.

Trent Willmon is a true country artist who will bring the taste of Texas right here to Rockford. Trent has true cowboy lyrics in each of his songs. Growing up, Trent was a favorite for roping cattle as well as a favorite for getting the crowd moving at the local dances with his honky-tonk style that no one could match. He is a true cowboy with a sizzling sound that can only be heard from someone who was born and raised in Texas. Trent will get the crowd jumping all night long by playing hits like: “A Little More Livin,’”, “So Am I,” “Island” and “Home Sweet Holiday Inn.”

From the Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2006, issue

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