Weird Al, Dierks Bentley, Hinder, Adam Lambert, Billy Idol headline 27th On the Waterfront Sept. 2-5

From staff reports

Rockford’s 27th annual On the Waterfront (OTW) Festival brings music, movies, food and fun for all ages to downtown Rockford Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 2-5.

Festival hours

Festival hours are as follow:

Thursday, Sept. 2—Waterfront Opening Night Kick-off Concert (Dierks Bentley with opening act Annabelle Road) on the Great Lawn Stage only. Gates open at 6 p.m. Also, Carnival Kick-off from 5 to 9 p.m. at carnival area near Jefferson and Madison streets.

Friday, Sept. 3—5 p.m.-midnight

Saturday, Sept. 4—11:30 a.m.-midnight

Sunday, Sept. 5—11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Festival passes/admission

In advance: Festival passes will be in outlet locations throughout the stateline area in both Illinois and Wisconsin (see for outlet locations or call OTW at (815) 964-4388). A three-day pass is $15 if purchased in advance, and a two-day pass is $12 if purchased in advance.

At the gate: Wristbands will be available for $15 for a one-day admission at the gate during the festival. Children 10 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Three-day senior passes (65 and older) may be purchased at the OTW office for $10.

Great Lawn access: All patrons can gain access to the Great Lawn Stage Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5, with only festival admission. No additional ticket is required to sit on the lawn for any of the headlining acts other than Thursday’s (Sept. 2) kick-off concert.

Great Lawn reserved seating: The Great Lawn is the only music venue that has a reserved seating section during the festival. Seats within the reserved seating section are the closest seats to the Great Lawn performers. Reserved seats may be purchased online at, by phone at (815) 968-0595, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center box office, 314 N. Main St., or at the gate. If you purchase a reserved seat, you will receive free festival admission for that day.

2010 OTW live music

Following is the live music schedule for OTW 2010, broken down by venue:

Coronado Performing Arts Center

(314 N. Main St.)

Thursday, Sept. 2

Weird Al—7 p.m.

Great Lawn Stage

(Davis Park, south side, corner of Wyman and Chestnut)

Thursday, Sept. 2

Annabelle Road—7:15-8:30 p.m.

Dierks Bentley—9-10:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3

Black Sunshine—6:30-7 p.m.

My Darkest Day—7:20-7:50 p.m.

Brett James—8:10-9 p.m.

Hinder—9:30-11 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Alison Iraheta—8:30-9:15 p.m.

Adam Lambert—10-11 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Bill Idol—9-10:30 p.m.

Center Stage

(corner of Mulberry and Wyman)

Friday, Sept. 3

Smokin’ Gunz—5-7 p.m.

Madison County—7:45-9:15 p.m.

Lee Brice—10:15-11:45 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4

The Miorita Dance Group—Noon-2 p.m.

Los Bandits De Michigan—2:45-4:15 p.m.

Inner Visions Reggae—5-6:30 p.m.

Kinobe-Soul Beat Africa—7:15-9:15 p.m.

The Sandcarvers—10-11:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Fresh Hot Fritters—Noon-1:30 p.m.

Penny Mae Dixon—2:15-3:45 p.m.

Double L and the Mustangs—4:30-6 p.m.

Corey Cox—6:45-8:15 p.m.

Steel Magnolia—9-10:30 p.m.

Oasis Stage

(corner of Wyman and Jefferson)

Friday, Sept. 3

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts—5:30-7 p.m.

Finding Clyde—7:45-9:15 p.m.

NeedToBreathe—10-11:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Keith Country Day School Rock Camp—11:45-12:45 p.m.

RAMI Youth Jam Artists-Escape and Hope Despite—1:15-2:30 p.m.

Guzzardo’s Emerging Artist Contest Finals with XEN, Crankupmadonna and Darren Garvey—3:15-5:15 p.m.

X51—6-7:30 p.m.

Taddy Porter—8:15-9:30 p.m.

Saving Abel—10:15-11:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Hot Rocks—Noon-1:30 p.m.

Too Deep—2:15-3:45 p.m.

Mr. Big Stuff—4:30-6 p.m.

Missing Links—6:45-8:15 p.m.

Gregg Rolie—9-10:30 p.m.

Verizon Left Bank Stage

(Davis Park, north side, corner of Wyman and Chestnut)

Friday, Sept. 3

Little Big Band—5:30-7 p.m.

Candye Kane—7:45-9:15 p.m.

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials—10-11:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Bright Stars Celebration—12:30-2:45 p.m.

Kilborn Alley Blues Band—3:15-4:45 p.m.

Moonlight Jazz Orchestra—5:30-7 p.m.

Magic Slim & the Teardrops—7:45-9:15 p.m.

Three Beers Til Dubuque—10-11:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Rock Valley Jazz Ensemble & After Five Jazz Quartet—11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Grazyna Auguscik Group—1-2:30 p.m.

John Primer Blues Band—3:15-4:45 p.m.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue—5:30-7:45 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies—8:30-10:45 p.m.

Children’s Stage

(corner of Elm and Wyman)

Saturday, Sept. 4

Kinobe—Noon-12:45 p.m.

Evolve Dance Company—1-1:45 p.m.

Little Miss Ann Band—2-2:30 p.m.

Little Nashville—3-3:45 p.m.

Little Miss Ann Band—4-4:45 p.m.

The Verve Pipe—5-5:45 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Poochamungas—1-1:45 p.m.

Laura Doherty—2-2:45 p.m.

Dave Rudolf—3-3:45 p.m.

Laura Doherty—4-4:45 p.m.

Dave Rudolf—5-5:45 p.m.

2010 OTW Film Fest

OTW will feature the 2010 OTW Film Fest in Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. The festival features short-form, independently-made films from a variety of genres, shown in four sessions. The 2010 OTW Film Fest schedule is as follows:

Session One, 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4—Featuring films from the Mosaic Student Film Festival, showcasing the youngest and brightest filmmakers in the Rockford area.

Interstitial at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4—Featuring live sketch comedy by The Subterraneans.

Session Two, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4—Featuring a sneak peek and a special question-and-answer session with the makers of Rockford-made independent feature film Raymond Did It.

Saturday Afterparty (21 and older), 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4—Meet-and-greet at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St.

Sunday All-Ages Meet-and-Greet, 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5—Begins at 1 p.m. at Roly Poly, 308 W. State St. (Stewart Square).

Session Three, 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5—A special celebration of the West High School 70th Anniversary, featuring guest speakers and the documentary So Long…Sweet 16. Also celebrate the release of the companion book, Warriors Forever.

Interstitial at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5—Featuring live sketch comedy by The Subterraneans.

Session Four, 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5—Featuring the Best of the Fest and the OTW Film Fest Award winners.

Other 2010 OTW features

Other special features at this year’s OTW include the following:

Carnival—At Jefferson and Madison streets at the Riverview Ice House, this carnival has rides for all ages. It features thrilling rides like the Zipper, Orient Express coaster, as well as the traditional favorites like the Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, merry-go-round, roller coasters, parachute drop and much more.

Adventure Alley—Once again, inflatables will be available for the kid in all of us. An interesting array including the Bungee Pull and the Giant Slide beckon your inner child to come out and play.

Midway Madness—From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., all carnival rides and inflatable activities are just two tickets or $1.50 per ride.

ComEd Kids’ Castle—The festival’s most popular children’s attraction returns this year. Children younger than 12 can take part in more than 30 interactive and make-and-take activities. Watch Billy the Balloon Guy twist balloons into your favorite toy or animal. Play bingo with the other kids, learn to mini putt and create a masterpiece with stamp art. Don’t forget to listen to all the fascinating stories read by the Rockford Public Library team, and enjoy entertainment on the Kids’ Court Stage with performances during Kids’ Castle hours.

Kids’ Castle is in the Wyman and Elm Street parking deck and is open Saturday and Sunday from festival open until 6 p.m. Activities will be provided by several Rockford businesses and organizations. The Kids’ Castle is a smoke-free and alcohol-free environment.

Waterfront 5K—Race along the Rock River in the 17th annual Waterfront 5K. Check-in begins Saturday morning, Sept. 4, at 6:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. and awards at 9:30 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in the 5K race, as well as the top male and female “master” runners.

The USATF-certified 5K course begins by the Trolley Station, 324 N. Madison St., in downtown Rockford, adjacent to the OTW Festival grounds. The course heads north along Madison Street, joining up with a paved recreational running/bike path that follows along the banks of he Rock River. The 5K is an out-and-back race, and the terrain is flat and fast. Water will be available at the aid stations at the start/finish and along the course. Splits will be given at 1 and 2 miles. Call (815) 964-4388 with questions.

Kids’ 1/4-Mile Fun Run—Immediately following the Waterfront 5K at the Trolley Station near the Riverview Ice House is the Kids’ 1/4-Mile Fun Run. Free registration from 8:15 to 8:50 a.m. the day of the race (Saturday, Sept. 4) at the Trolley Station.

Rockford Chariots Wheelchair Basketball—Established in 1986, the Rockford Chariots Wheelchair Athletic Association works to provide programs for developing the athletic potential of individuals with lower-limb impairments. These gifted athletes compete against local celebrities and city officials in a long-standing and friendly rivalry that goes back many years. Exhibition games are at 1 and 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5.

Winnovation—Winnovation, Winnebago’s High School Robotics Team, invites you to see robotics in action from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4. Several of these teams won regional championships. High school students built these robots in six weeks to compete in USFIRST competitions back in March.

Hot Air Balloon Fly-Over—This event is visible from anywhere in the festival at approximately 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4. See 16 brightly-colored hot air balloons soar overhead. Watch for special entries.

Urban Street Market—Shop the weekend away at this unique collection of outdoor vendors near the corner of Wyman and West State streets. The Urban Street Market is filled with colorful booths overflowing with art, jewelry, clothing, carvings and other rare finds from exotic locales from all over the world.

For more information about the festival, visit or contact the OTW office at (815) 964-4388.

From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue

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