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Local 'Voice' Contestant Playing Weekend Beats & Eats Festival

Aug 22, 2016 01:59PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Local artist Keith Semple will perform at the Aug. 27 Beats & Eats show in downtown Oswego. (Photo: Facebook)

The finale of this summer's downtown Oswego concert series, Beats & Eats, is just days away. 

The summer's third event will take place Saturday, Aug. 27, along Main Street and will feature Americana acts, a variety of food options and the Market on Main Street vintage goods market. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Here's a look at the acts for the Aug. 27 concert:

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. 

Charlie Berry
 is a Nashville based country music singer and songwriter. Having toured the world with his former band, Mockingbird Sun, he is currently crafting his solo debut. His sound is best enjoyed with the volume up and the windows down.

Edward David Anderson
 was the frontman of Backyard Tire Fire who embarked on his solo career after penning BTF songs and touring relentlessly for a decade.

The following is a list of food vendors that have been announced:
  • Wurst Kitchen 
  • Crème of the Crop 
  • Brothermel BBQ 
  • Grumpy Gaucho 
  • Chi Taco 
  • Mimi’s Chicago Humble Pie 
  • Stump Burger 
  • Page’s Popcorn 
  • Dippin’ Dots 
  • Cupcakes for Courage

Volunteers needed

Organizers for this weekends event also are seeking additional volunteers. 

Each volunteer shift lasts approximately four hours, and the event is scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a meal per shift. 

Students can also earn school community service hours for their work. 

To volunteer or for more info email: or call 630-551-4636.
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