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Ready to rock at RiverFest

Musical lineup for St. Charles festival announced

The group Modern Day Romeos will perform June 7 at the City of St. Charles RiverFest event this year. The festival runs from June 6 through June 8 in St. Charles.
The group Modern Day Romeos will perform June 7 at the City of St. Charles RiverFest event this year. The festival runs from June 6 through June 8 in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – The band that recently won a contest to create a new theme song for the Chicago Cubs will be among those performing at the City of St. Charles RiverFest event in June.

The Modern Day Romeos, a group that won the contest with the song, “Hey, Hey,” will be the featured band at the St. Charles festival at 8 p.m. June 7. Pride of the Fox, the group that produces the event, has released the list of main stage performers. Julie Farris, executive director of Pride of the Fox, said of the Modern Day Romeos, “We’re hoping and keeping our fingers crossed that they will play that song at RiverFest.”

The event takes place June 6 through 8 at 10 locations in St. Charles. The main stage will be at Second and Walnut avenues.

Among other main stage highlights will be the Hillbilly Rockstarz, the group that will perform first, at 6 p.m. June 6. Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies will follow at 8:30 p.m.

Johnny Maggio will perform a version of the song “In St. Charles,” which last year was recognized as the city’s official song, during his set, which starts at noon June 7. Also on June 7, the group Evolution, billed as a band that “has evolved from the ashes of Hi Infidelity,” will be on stage at 5:30 p.m. Mac Cartyn’s will perform at 1:30 p.m., and Sonic 7 will play at 3:30 p.m. that day, followed by Evolution and Modern Day Romeos.

On June 8, radio station 103.9-FM will record an episode of a show called “The Garage,” which will feature Chicago-area bands. That takes place at noon. There also will be a bachelor auction at 3:30 p.m. On Tap will perform at 5 p.m., and the group 1 Sam 10, a group that includes two St. Charles police officers, a firefighter and a civilian, will be the final band of the festival at 7 p.m.

Ryan Wild, the program director at 103.9-FM, known as The Fox, said visitors can expect to hear from three bands who have been profiled on “The Garage,” which is a play off the idea that every group gets its start in a garage. There will be question-and-answer sessions, and the groups’ music will be showcased.

“I want people to experience what these bands are doing, what brought them to be, what makes them tick, what goes into the songwriting process,” Wild said.

Farris said festival organizers receive about 300 groups seeking to perform at RiverFest each year. She said the process can be difficult because “there are so many good bands.” She said that “this year, we have more genres represented than ever before … we have music from country to rock to big band music.”

“Our music committee members took it upon themselves to decide that we have this incredible stage, and we have an opportunity to bring bands in and showcase them,” she said. “We decided we didn’t want to be like every other festival and bring in the same groups. … You may find your next favorite band at our festival.”

Other highlights at the festival will include:

• A Native American village, featuring seminars, vendors and “an interactive village,” Farris said.

• There will be the festival’s inaugural teen night on June 7 at Lincoln Park, which is located at Main Street and Fourth Street in St. Charles. Farris said the event will include teen bands, as well as vendors. She said organizers “wanted to create a fun, safe environment that’s not the main stage zone. It’s all about the teenagers.”

• There will be a wine garden, as well as a duck derby. In the duck derby, visitors can “adopt” ducks that will be dropped into the Fox River. Winners will be selected.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, full event,” Farris said. “There’s going to be something for everybody.”

Know more 

City of St. Charles RiverFest takes place June 6 to 8. Visit to learn more about the event.

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