BoDeans join lineup for 2014 Ribfest

The BoDeans will play at Ribfest in Naperville this summer.  |  File photo
The BoDeans will play at Ribfest in Naperville this summer. | File photo

Organizers of Naperville’s massive Fourth of July celebration, Ribfest, have signed up a second major act for the weekend’s musical lineup.

Midwest favorites the BoDeans will take the Navistar stage in Knoch Park at 8 p.m. July 3, opening night of the four-day event.

The six-member band will bring approachable melodies that have become familiar refrains in the three decades since the group formed on the outskirts of Milwaukee, such as “Still the Night,” “Closer to Free,” and “Fadeaway.”

Frontman and band cofounder Kurt Neumann has described the band as “blue-collar kids straight out of the Heartland.”

Planners of the outdoor festival in downtown Naperville recently announced that the main musical act on July 5 will be Roger Hodgson, who cofounded the classic rock group Supertramp, and his band.

Staged by the more than 140 members of the Naperville Exchange Club with help from some 4,000 volunteers, hundreds of sponsors, the city of Naperville and the Naperville Park District, Ribfest draws the participation of award-winning ribbers from across the U.S. The festival also features family activities, carnival rides and big-name musical entertainment.

The Exchange Club donates proceeds from the event to local nonprofits involved in the prevention of child abuse and other forms of domestic violence. The club recently distributed $603,000 from last year’s Ribfest to organizations that will use the funds for 52 community projects. The event has raised more than $14 million for the causes since its beginnings in 1987.

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