Monday, June 28, 2010

Welcome To Frontier Days, Pilgrim

Photo of The Buckinghams back in the day from The Buckinghams website.

It’s called Frontier Days and has a Stage West, but this five-day festival being sponsored by Arlington Heights has nothing to do with John Wayne. Starting on Thursday, July 1st, the Chicago suburb, like most communities, will be celebrating the Fourth of July by bringing in several food vendors and a variety of entertainment.

Frontier Days kicks off with Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas on July 1st. Don’t look for Grace Slick to be there; she has retired from rock and become a very interesting artist. Night Ranger of “Sister Christian” fame headlines on Friday, and vocalist Dennis DeYoung from Styx will be belting out “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto” on Saturday night. Other acts booked include Bucket Number Six, Modern Day Romeos, Funkymonks, ARRA, Shy Violet, Kraig Kenning, Spazzmatics, and Solid Aire.

Being a 1960s fanatic, I’m more interested in The Chicago Gold Review, which will bring together Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams; Sonny Geraci of The Outsiders and Climax; Tom Doody and Jim Pilster of The Cryan’ Shames; Jim Sohns of The Shadows Of Knight; and Jimy Rogers of The Mauds. Anyone who listened to WLS or WCFL back in the day, will remember the parade of hit singles these bands brought our way, as well as their popularity on the local club scene. The show starts at 7:30 PM.

The 1960s music will continue in Arlington Heights on Monday, July 5th, when Beatles tribute band American English takes the stage.

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