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Oswego Beats & Eats Festival Taking Shape

Jun 18, 2014 03:57PM ● By Steven Jack

Fort Worth, Texas band Green River Ordinance will play this year's Oswego Beats and Eats Festival.

Plans are quickly coming together for the second annual Oswego Beats & Eats Festival. 

Organizer Macey Brooks said this week that nine bands have been booked and that he’s close to announcing this year’s food vendors. The all-day music and food festival is set for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 in Oswego’s Prairie Point Park.

This year’s musical lineup includes national touring and Chicago-area bands. The following groups are scheduled to perform (click the links to discover more about the artists):

Brooks said he enjoys booking bands for the festival that are just on the verge of making it big.  Headliners Green River Ordinance have opened for many internationally touring bands including  Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Switchfoot, Train and Lifehouse. The band also has landed twice on Billboard music charts. 

“No one had heard of Imagine Dragons three years ago and look where they are now,” Brooks said of the kind of bands booked for Beats & Eats. “There are a lot of cover bands out there, and you can see a cover band every day of the week. We want to fill a different niche.”

As for the eats, Brooks said he’s planning on about 10 food trucks and a sit-down eating experience. 

Brooks is also welcoming Food Network star Ben Vaughn host of the show Health Inspectors. Vaughn will sample the culinary fare and award a prize for the best food truck, Brooks said.

Craft beers will also be a large part of the festival with full pours and flights from Three Angles, Solemn Oath, Ale Syndicate, Two Brothers and Laugunitas.

Brooks said he will spend the next couple of months spreading the word on Chicago-area radio stations and popular music websites like Daytrotter in hopes of doubling last year’s attendance of 1,500. Many of the bands also will be playing shows at local spots, including Firehouse Pizza and Pub in Oswego, as previews. 

Tickets for Oswego Beats & Eats will go on sale in a couple of weeks and will be available for an early-bird price of $10 through Aug. 1. After Aug. 1 the price increases to $15 and $20 at the door. Students and service members can purchase tickets for $5 each.

“We’re trying to provide a significant low-cost opportunity to see nine great bands,” Brooks said. “To see any one of these bands for $10 would be a great price.”

Get a sneak peak of the bands by watching their Youtube clips below.

For updates on the festival, follow the Oswego Beats & Eats Facebook page, and check out the event website.