Smile Empty Soul W/ Romantic Rebel, Shallow Side and Everyday Losers~ Doors open at 7pm
Boy Band Review~ 10pm
The BOY BAND REVIEW is an incredible throw back experience with dancers and back up singers where the audience members relive the best years! They are playing to capacity crowds throughout the Midwest and spreading nationwide. They have already played high profile events including the NHL Stadium Series, Dustin Diamond’s Bayside Bash, Yelp’s Chi-beria Send-off, Summerfest in Milwaukee and numerous private events where Boy Band Review became everyone’s favorite event since the 1990s.
Rediscover the charm of 90’s music! The Personnel is a band that provides party-style shows all over the country. The best songs, voices, and musicianship, combined with their unique ability to connect with a wide range of audiences, makes The Personnel unlike other bands you’ve seen or heard.
Classic 90’s hits form the backbone of The Personnel’s show. From Blink 182 and Third Eye Blind to N’SYNC and Vanilla Ice, you’ll instantly connect with the music. Fast forward to today’s hits, the band also plays the hottest current songs from Bruno Mars to Justin Timberlake. The exciting selection gets you moving, keeps you guessing, and delivers a knockout punch of entertainment.
Supported by clever song arrangements, seasoned frontman Seth Bradley delivers inspired performances with style, presence, and poise. The Personnel keep a busy schedule, having performed at Summerfest (Milwaukee), House of Blues, Aragon Ballroom, Millennium Park in Chicago, and various summer festivals and private events throughout the nation. They’ve gained the attention of national artists and have shared the stage with Maroon 5, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Kelley, Jon McLaughlin, Tristan Prettyman, and Tonic to name a few…
Desolation Row and The Merkins~10pm
AudioDrive is a powerful Rock Act that brings one of the best shows in the region! They shine with excellent vocals, killer guitars and a thunderous rhythm section that knows no bounds! The song selection is clearly pre-meditated to satisfy the masses. AudioDrive delivers only the choice cuts from the 70’s & 80’s through today! Their sets are loaded with “Melodic Harmonies & Screamin’ Guitars”… Once you have experienced an AudioDrive show you surely appreciate their hard work, attention to detail and relentless drive for perfection! The band invites the audience to become part of every show… from dancing on the stage to singing with the band every night is filled with energy and excitement! “Our fans are loyal and they continue to grow and support every event”! You owe it to yourself to experience a Live AudioDrive Show and enjoy all that great music of our youth recreated just how it was meant to be!! Bottom line… AudioDrive Rocks!
Drew Baldridge W/ South 40
As a 12-year-old Drew Baldridge and his buddy rolled his father’s Old MGB in front of the derby crowd because the car wouldn’t even start, the youngster was already a seasoned performer. The duo went on to perform a stellar rendition of “Greased Lightning” with his buddy in the back of the car, fake cigarette in mouth, sliding down the front of the car, and with detailed choreography to match the racy lyrics. You could say it was quite salacious for the small town of Patoka, IL, population 600.
This memory only marks one of the upbeat mid-westerner’s childhood performances. “I’ve loved performing from a very early age. I performed to “Thriller” and “Men in Black” at my elementary school talent show. My mom would make up choreography to go along with the songs. It was great,” recalls Baldridge. “I would take to the dance floor at wedding reception even if no one was dancing just to be able to perform in front of people. That’s when I learned how to win over a crowd. They would all be applauding by the end of the song,” says Drew with a smile.
Standing at 6’1″, Drew grew up playing basketball and baseball, but would perform the “National Anthem” at all his games. “The high school I went to was too small for a band, but no one thought anything of me being a jock and a singer. I used any and every outlet I could to share my passion with others. The openly Christian teenager joined a quartet at church singing bass while his father sang tenor. Later on he began playing acoustic gigs at a nearby bar on Saturday nights. “My Dad stood by me and my preacher told me Jesus didn’t just preach in church, and I could be that light through my music.”
“It made perfect sense to become a country artist. I like to tell stories, and singing about where I come from,” explains Baldridge. He recalls his father buying a Dodge Intrepid when he was five years old and the owner threw in a cassette tape with the deal. “Alabama’s ‘Born Country’ was the first country song I fell in love with. We played that cassette over and over. The song rang true to me because my grandpa’s childhood home was just down the road, where the house that his father built by hand still stands.” Four generations of Baldridge’s family have lived and farmed that land in rural Illinois.
“If you have to describe my music in 3 words, I would have to say it’s fun, real, and positive,” says the singer/songwriter. “I love what Keith Urban says about creating music; ‘We don’t make music to impress, but to inspire.’ I truly believe that you know.” One of his favorite songs he recently worked on is “God’s Front Porch,” which was released on Easter of this year and is featured on Crossing County Lines Vol. II. “What a blessing it would be to be in the presence of the Lord on his front porch.”
In 2013, Drew signed with THiS Music, joining the ranks of Nashville’s most prominent and prolific songwriters. He went on to release his debut EP, All Good and his singles “BYOB” and “She’s Taken” became Midwestern radio staples. His new music project, Crossing County Lines is being released in three installments throughout 2015. The first volume was released this past December and debuted at #15 on the iTunes Country Chart. CCL Vol. II released April 7.
Known as much as a performer as a singer, Drew brings a rousing, energy-packed show to every opening or headlining date. “I am so very excited for my fans and future fans to hear my song ‘Dance With Ya.’ I went into the songwriting session with this melody in my head, and I said I want something that I could dance to. That’s what we created,” says Baldridge. The tune features a horn section, hypnotic chorus and topped off with Drew’s signature dance moves, “Dance With Ya” is destined to be a crowd-pleaser.
Royal Bliss~ Doors open at 7pm
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Royal Bliss has been making their mark for years with a consistent work ethic of writing, recording, and touring that have helped build the success of the band. Their wide variety of influences from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin, and everything in between, has helped to mold a sound that is uniquely theirs that cannot be denied. Their “Heartland Rock” speaks to the common man, tells a story and rocks out with a good party crowd, all the while being delivered by the inimitable deep and raspy voice of front man, Neal Middleton and the scorching sounds of seasoned musicians Dwayne Crawford (Bass), Jake Smith (Drums), Taylor Richards (Guitar) and Sean “Memphis” Hennesy (guitar/banjo), who combine to make Royal Bliss. Their journey is evolving and they are growing as a band that now seems to be making their way down a road pointing eastbound on I-40, all the way from Salt Lake City to Nashville, TN.
You hear it again and again.
When one door closes, another one opens. However, it’s true – especially in the case of Sick Puppies. In the Fall of 2014, Emma Anzai [bass, vocals] and Mark Goodwin [drums] parted ways with their guitarist and vocalist. Weathering and persevering through this potentially life-changing event, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing.
They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.
“There was no question” affirms Emma. “We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, ‘first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.’ In order to do that, we needed to find the right member.”
Instead, the “right member” found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.
“Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away – he was cool and he sounded great. It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something” said Emma
“Something just overwhelmed me,” admits Bryan. “I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that’s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a
message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood – it’s who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I’m the same way.”