As American as apple pie and baby back ribs, classic rock music will roll forth throughout this year’s massive Fourth of July weekend festivities in downtown Naperville.
The Exchange Club has released the names of three more vintage rock ensembles booked to join the musical lineup for this year’s Ribfest on Sunday, July 6, the final night of the four-day blowout.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Blue Öyster Cult and Foghat will fill the air around Knoch Park with five hours of familiar riffs and hard-driving beats.
A mainstay in the world of rock for some four decades, Thorogood’s distinctive booming bass voice will get the masses moving in time with such crowd-pleasers as “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” and, of course, “Bad To The Bone.”
Blue Öyster Cult, seen as an influential force in the heavy-metal rock realm, released its eponymous first album in 1972 and has been building a loyal following ever since. Among its most iconic melodies are “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” from the 1976 album “Agents of Fortune;” “Godzilla,” one of the selections included on “Spectres,” released in 1977; and “Burnin’ for You,” a track from the 1981 compilation “Fire of Unknown Origin.”
Foghat came into being in 1971, kicking off a run that would bring the band seven gold records, one platinum and one double-platinum release, “Foghat Live,” from 1977. The band’s enduring hits include “Slow Ride,” “Fool For The City,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” “I Just Wanna Make Love To You,” “I’ll Be Standing By,” “Stone Blue,” “Third Time Lucky,” and “Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed.”
Exchange Club member Matt Kaley, who serves on Ribfest’s entertainment committee, noted in a news release that the musical hat trick presents a rare opportunity to revel in some of rock ’n’ roll’s most immortal melodies.
“These three bands, on the same stage on Sunday, July 6, is an event that can’t be missed,” Kaley said.
The club recently announced the names of other performers scheduled to take the stage during the celebration of ribs, carnival rides and music. The July 5 headliner will be Roger Hodgson, cofounder, writer and lead singer of classic rockers Supertramp, and his band. The BoDeans are slated to be the main attraction on opening night, July 3.
Fireworks are the headliner on July 4.
The Exchange Club works to fight child abuse and other forms of domestic violence, in large part with the funds raised at Ribfest. The four-day celebration, staged with help from about 4,000 volunteers, has enabled the club to raise more than $14 million for local nonprofits since the first event took place in 1987.
The club hosted its yearly allocations luncheon at Meson Sabika earlier this year, distributing $603,000 in proceeds from last year’s Ribfest. The funds, which are being used to support 52 different community projects, were divided among local charities that include Naperville nonprofits Families Helping Families, the Edward Hospital Foundation, the Care Center of Naperville, the Exchange Club’s Project Help, the city of Naperville’s Elderly Services Team, Naperville CARES, the Area Naperville Humane Society, 360 Youth Services, and Our Children’s Homestead.
This year’s Ribfest is set for July 3 to 6 in Knoch Park. More information is available at www.ribfest.net.