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Davis Junction Music Fest this Saturday

September 11, 2009

Davis Junction Music Fest will feature music from an array of young area performers.

Davis Junction Music Fest will feature music from an array of young area performers.

By Jim Hagerty, Staff Writer

Davis Junction will be rich in the sound of music this Saturday, Sept. 12. The Davis Junction Music Fest will feature 9 bands representing several genres.

Unlike festivals like On the Waterfront, Festa Italiana and Taste of Rockford, which slate established acts from various locations, this Saturday’s  event at Davis Junction Community Park, consists of  bands that are still relatively unknown–for good reason.  Each act is made up of area youth and young adults.

While there will be no big names on hand, stellar musicianship will certainly be center stage. According to festival organizer, Tracy Haley, the young musicians are every bit as talented as many of their more well-known counterparts. They just lack the venues and opportunities to showcase their chops.

Scheduled performers hail from Stillman Valley, Oregon, Sycamore and Rockford schools.

“We are trying to showcase all the local talent that our schools have to offer,” Haley said. “These kids have no place to play because they are underage and can’t play in clubs.”

Among the acts, the first slated to start at 11 a.m., will be a group, ages 6 to 16, playing classical music and a special performance by Jennifer Peterson and her Stings.

“[Peterson] is a lady in our community that has taught many young people to play string instruments, mainly the violin,” Haley said.

Fans will also be presented with a set of  Beatles songs, arranged by a local youth cello player.

Festival proceeds will go to the music and art programs of the Meridian Community Unit School District 223 (CUSD 223). Last year, the event raised $450.

“Without arts in the schools,” Haley said, “these kids may never have picked up an instrument (and) we have many talented young people.”

Gates open at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Davis Junction Community Park is on the north side of Illinois Rte. 72 in Davis Junction.

A complete list of performers, festival contact information and detailed directions can be found at www.davisjunctionmusicfest.com.

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