If there’s anything to be said about the headliners at the Jaycee’s Naperville Last Fling, it’s both their variety and penchant for taking one back into the past. Find a brief preview of this year’s offerings below. All main headliners play at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Aug. 29
ARRA opens the headliner’s stage with a set of covers from bands such as Aerosmith, Boston, Foreigner, Journey, Rush, Styx and Van Halen. Their lead singer, Ronnie Platt, was recruited to take over vocal duties for Kansas after Steve Walsh’s retirement from the classic rock band this summer. Here’s ARRA covering Styx’s “Blue Collar Man.”
Another Chicago-area cover band, Maggie Speaks, plays prior to ARRA. Their catalogue is vast, ranging from Paul Simon to Carly Rae Jepson.
Saturday, Aug. 30
Soft rockers O.A.R. lead the stage the second day. The band has released eight studio albums, including June’s “The Rockville LP.” Here’s the video for one of their latest singles, “Peace.”
Sunday, Aug. 31
The ’90s might be over, but Smash Mouth certainly is not. Just off the heels of the Under the Sun tour with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker, they return to Illinois to make up for missing Aurora’s date. Here’s the song that made them famous twenty years ago, “Walkin’ on the Sun.”
Monday, Sept. 1
7th Heaven, 3 p.m.
If you haven’t caught 7th Heaven at the slew of festivals across the suburbs this summer, catch them here. This video shows the band playing “Stoplight,” one of their newest singles, at Wheeling Fest just last month.Last Fling