Country Concert Alert:
Country music returns to Taste of Chicago in honor of “National Country Music Day”.
It wasn’t so long ago, the Chicago Country Music Festival called the Taste of Chicago its home. In 2008, the annual country festival, produced by the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events, departed the mid-summer Taste festival for its own two-day soiree in the fall. In 2010, Chicago country fans will get one more day.
This Sunday, with the help from some first-rate country acts, the Taste will saddle-up for a special one-day tribute in honor of National Country Music Day. Starting at noon, the following groups will perform on the Illinois Lottery Taste Stage located on Balbo Dr. at Columbus in Grant Park.
- Brian Lavender & Whiskey Bent – Noon – 1 p.m.
This modern day country band is deeply rooted in Chicago with a flare from the South. A majority of the band’s members, including lead vocalist Brian Lavender, were born in Chicago, but raised in the South and, like Lavender, returned to Illinois later in life. Their “Destination Unknown” single pushed them into the top four on CMT’s Music City Madness competition.
- Ragtop Rodeo – 1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Ragtop Rodeo is the combined effort of six very talented musicians but the group’s lead, Caroline Kovas, truly drives this country group. While calling Chicago her hometown, Kovas has spent time songwriting in Nashville, producing in New York City and performing nationally for major touring acts like Diamond Rio. In 2009, Ragtop Rodeo released their debut album, “Going Cross Country”, which Kovas co-produced with Mario Massi.
- Katie Quick – 2:40 p.m.- 3:40 p.m.
[singlepic id=8 w=70 h=70 float=left]Katie Quick is truly the American dream. Defying her skeptics, this South Side native left her Chicago Public Schools teaching gig to pursue her career in music. After the successful release of her self-produced, debut album “Be The Change” in 2009, Quick recently relocated to Nashville to, once again, follow her dream. Quick’s passion for her “American-style” dream, and the ability to follow it, truly make this special Fourth of July homecoming appropriate.
- Jason & The Haymakers – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Just off of their first win in the Chicago edition of the Colgate Country Showdown, Jason & The Haymakers is one of Illinois’ most pro-active country music bands. Led by artist Jason Bertrand and supported by Dave Caughran, Cory Rehmer and Dave Torres, the Haymakers crew almost has a firecracker approach when it comes to promoting their band. The boys will finish up the afternoon concerts starting at 4 p.m.
National Country Music Day at the Taste of Chicago
Featuring: Brian Lavender & Whiskey Bent, Ragtop Rodeo, Katie Quick and Jason & The Haymakers
WHERE: Grant Park: Balbo and Columbus Drive, Chicago
WHEN: Noon – 5PM – Fireworks at 9PM (From Navy Pier)
(NOTE: The traditional July 3 fireworks will be held on July 4th this year)
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