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Posted on: September 12, 2017

Music Fest lineup announced for Park Forest Art Fair


The Village of Park Forest, in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Park Forest Art Fair, will host a music festival on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. The lineup of bands performing includes an eclectic mix of renowned artists from Chicago and the Southland area. Come on out to downtown Park Forest for a day of rock, jazz, blues and more! Admission is free.

Rhythm System (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Teenage 3 piece Blues, RnB, and Neo-soul conglomerate that loves to bring the groove to their audience!

Kaben Kafö (Noon – 1 p.m.)
Kaben Kafö, created by Taylor, is a djembe ensemble comprised of some of Chicago’s most studied and gifted djembe/dunun professionals, getting together to breathe deeply with the intricacies, complexities and depth that is part of the deeper recesses of djembe music. Come experience a unique concert and bring your djembe drum with you for portions of the concert that will be interactive!

Michele Thomas and SoulMeme (1:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
SoulMeme is a contemporary jazz-, R&B-, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, and bassist Clark Sommers. Working in the Chicago jazz scene from the late nineties, these long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger”- a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. SoulMeme stirs the jazz pot and continues the evolution of this most progressive of improvised idioms. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

Switchback (2:50 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: "The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo."

The Big Boppers (4:20 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.)
The Big Boppers evolved out of the 1970's local rock ‘n’ roll band, "Midnight Express." John Falstrom (bass guitar), Frank Anastos (guitar/vocals), Phylis Renee Marconi (vocals/acoustic guitar), Gene Vinyard (sax/percussion) & Dennis Leahy (drums/cajons/percussion) will be playing rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950's all the way to today's top hits.

The event is free to the public. For more information, please call 708-747-0580.


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