Beats & Eats Free Concert Lineup Features ‘The Voice’ Singers
Mar 22, 2016 11:26AM ● Published by Shannon Antinori
Local artist Keith Semple will perform at the Aug. 27 Beats & Eats show in downtown Oswego. (Photo: Facebook)
Organizers have announced the lineup for this year’s Oswego Beats & Eats Main Street concerts, slated for May 28, July 30 and Aug. 27.
This year’s lineup features a mix of acts, ranging from rock and reggae to country, including several former contestants from NBC’s “The Voice.”
"This year's lineup is a mix of artists new to the Beats & Eats scene, as well as artists who have graced our stages before," organizer Macey Brooks said. "With this being our fourth year, we decided to bring back some of our fan favorites from previous years. Our goal is to create a concert series that enriches the community and creates a platform for up-and-coming artists to gain new fans."
The series, which started in 2013, moved from Prairie Point Park to downtown Oswego last summer. Despite less than cooperative weather, it’s estimated that about 6,000 people attended last year’s Beats & Eats shows.
Admission is free to the three-night event, and gates open at 4 p.m. Shows start at 4:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Beverages, alcohol and food will be available for purchase, and no outside food or drink is allowed. Pets are not permitted on festival grounds.
Here’s a look at this year’s Beats & Eats lineup:
Saints of Valory will headline this year’s first Beats & Eats show. The alternative rock band was formed in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before relocating to Austin, Texas. The band was signed by Atlantic Records after being named one of Billboard’s Top Unsigned Artists in 2012, and released their debut single, “Neon Eyes,” in 2013.
The Roosevelts, a Southern-raised indie rock band from Nashville, describe their sound as “a little indie-folk, a little bit alt-country, and little bit pop-rock.” The band’s debut album, “The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn,” is set for an April 22 release.
Callaloo is a Chicago-based world fusion steel pan group featuring Ron Stark of the Fox River Academy of Music and Art in Oswego.
Gizzae is a reggae band from Chicago that has toured the country and are regulars at the Wild Hare Club on North Halsted Street in the city.
Headliner Tony Lucca is another former “The Voice” contestant, competing on coach Adam Levine’s team during season two in 2012. Born in Michigan, Lucca got his start on “The Mickey Mouse Club” and worked as an actor before becoming a full-time musician.
JD Eicher & the Goodnights is a pop-rock quartet that recently released its third album, “Into Place.”
Paul Pfau is a singer-songwriter from Nashville who competed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2015 after turning the chairs of coaches Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton with his performance of “Fly Me to the Moon.”
Red Wanting Blue is a Columbus, Ohio-based rock band that formed in 1996 and signed its first record deal in 2010 after 14 years of operating as an independent band. Their 10th full-length album, “Little America,” was released in 2014.
Keith Semple, another former “Voice” contestant, is a local singer who left his native Northern Ireland to pursue a music career in the United States. The pop-rock singer lives with his family in Aurora and is well known on the local music scene as the former lead singer for 7th Heaven.
Mockingbird Sun, a three-piece country band based in Nashville, will return to Beats & Eats. The band released its first full-length album, “This is Real Life,” in 2015.