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Music and fun start Thursday in Gilberts fest

Updated: July 2, 2013 6:59AM

GILBERTS — Music ranging from a Beatles tribute band to country and blues will join children’s activities and food as the village of Gilberts holds its fourth-annual Gilberts Community Days festival Thursday through Sunday.

This community event features a petting zoo, carnival rides, live music and food vendors. Admission is free.

It will be held in Town Center Park, two blocks north of Route 72 at the corner of Galligan Road and Jackson Street.

Festivities will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For the kids

Saturday afternoon will feature magician Paul Lee, Story Time with the Fox River Valley Public Library, A Zoo to You petting zoo, face painting, and unlimited carnival rides for $20 per person.


American English brings its Beatles show back for a second year on Saturday, portraying the Ed Sullivan years, then the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras.

Joining American English will be the Gilberts-based local band Deep Six, back by popular demand on Thursday for its second appearance. Kampfire Kowboys headlines with country music on Friday night; and Street Corner Blue, a blues band with a horn section, closes the festival on Sunday.

Thursday will feature Kristin McFadden (folk), Deep Six (rock) and Going South (Southern rock).

Friday features Six Strings (rock), Fairlanes (variety) and the Kampfire Kowboys (country).

Saturday’s performers will be the Saloonatics (rock-a-billy), Dickie Abbott (folk), Field Day (rock), The Infarctions (blues), Stormcrow (rock) and American English (Beatles).

Sunday will headline Good News (gospel), Boombox Heroes (pop rock), Dave Hudson (folk), Smokehouse (classic rock) and Street Corner Blue (blues).

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