Our entertainment calendar is full of family fun! From hit music to a hit movie, you’ll find it all at the Festival of the Fox!
The Festival kicks off with a fantastic concert by the nationally renowned Gregory Hyde Band at a special Lincoln Park Thursday Night Live in the Park concert. That will be at 7pm on Thursday, June 8th.
Then, once the Festival gets in full swing, we’ll have TWO stages of music playing all day on Saturday, June 10th! Join us at St. Charles Day festivities at Baker Memorial Park at the corner of 5th Ave. and Main St. in St. Charles. Check out our great “St. Charles in Bloom” contest, and you’ll be able to listen to LIVE MUSIC throughout the day. Check the calendar below for more details!
Besides the St. Charles in Bloom contest, Saturday is also a great family fun day in Pottawatomie Park. And we have a WHOLE DAY of live music lined up, topped off by a great night of movie watching under the stars. This year’s movie is, can you believe it — Moana!?! And it’s all FREE! Check out the calendar below for performance times and the bands — you’re sure to find a lot to enjoy!
Gregory Hyde, Entertainment Director for Festival of the Fox, is also a fantastic musician. He is going to be kicking off a weekend of great St. Charles Family Fun with a concert in Lincoln Park on June 8th.
Please plan to arrive early for this concert.
You may also want to pickup one of out Dragon Logo beach blankets to make your visit comfy. You can do that on our shop page – but hurry, supplies are limited. We will be onsite to hand out blankets purchased using the “Will Call” option.
Lincoln Park Gazebo is located on Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets.
Bring your family and friends for a picnic in the park! Settle in before the concert and enjoy picnic-style offerings at reasonable rates from downtown St. Charles restaurants and local vendors including Kimmer’s Ice Cream, Jersey Mikes and Domino’s Pizza. Alcohol is not permitted at Lincoln Park. Guests are encouraged to get to the park early for better seating. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, too.
School of Rock House Band:
Welcome to School of Rock Geneva where we teach kids to rock on stage and in life. School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in the Fox Valley full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.
The School of Rock’s House Band is made up of our most experienced musicians. They have the awesome opportunity to perform at local events and feel what it’s like to take their craft on the road! Thanks to the Festival of the Fox for giving them this opportunity to Rock the Fox! Contact us today for your free trial lesson @ http://locations.schoolofrock.com/geneva
Brian Allison is a singer/songwriter from Chicago and is a culmination of vast musical influences to create an experience that is equal parts unique, fresh, and accessible to all listeners. Drawing from acts like James Bay, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, and many others.
“From Bach to Beatles.” Able to arrange virtually any song for solo guitar, Jim’s passion for the instrument is obvious. You’ll be fascinated by his flamenco styled versions of classic and modern pop and rock hits. His reputation as a premiere performing guitarist has grown rapidly, earning him “Top Solo Guitarist” on Gigmasters.com and “Best of Wedding” on TheKnot.com, the world’s largest wedding-planning site.
Dina Bach began her journey as a singer/ songwriter at the age of 10 when her fingers naturally stroked piano keys for the first time. Always musically inclined, Bach spent her childhood playing the cello and singing in school choirs. She didn’t find her passion for original composition and entertaining until she discovered her family’s piano.
Bach’s most recent accomplishment was her airplay on Chicago’s WGN Radio. Bach was interviewed on WGN’s Outside The Loop, and sang four original songs live in the famous Michigan Avenue studio.
Bach currently performs solo shows, playing a mix of original compositions and cover songs at local restaurants and bars; and is recording her full-length album.
In addition to solo shows, she shares the stage with a Chicago high-energy dance band, where she performs as lead vocalist/keyboardist in shows throughout the Midwest. Bach also performs dinner music for local weddings before the band hits the stage for the reception.
Bach has sung and played keyboards on Chicago’s very own Odyssey II Cruise Ship at Navy Pier; proving herself not only as an award-winning songwriter, but also an exceptional entertainer.
Her drive and energy do not stop when she leaves the stage. In 2010, this multi-faceted musician started her own business, Sealed With A Song. In this endeavor, Bach writes wedding songs unique to each couple’s love story and performs it for them on the big day. One of Bach’s original wedding compositions was recorded during the ceremony and featured on an episode of TLC’s Four Weddings.
Bach’s music proved popular in June 2010, when songs from her self-released EP, Beginnings, helped her music soar to #15 on Reverb Nation’s local Pop Chart.
In 2008, Bach was a finalist in the Chicago Tribune New Holiday Song Contest for her heartfelt original, “What Christmas Means”. With a 4th place finish overall, Bach’s original song later aired on Chicago’s WGN morning radio show. Her original music also aired on local radio programs WLBK 1360 and WJJG AM 1530.
The Wheaton, IL, native strives to grow musically and expound upon her natural style. She rarely passes up a musical opportunity while continuing to share her gift and to inspire people through her music.
Dennis O’Brien: Vocals & Guitar
Dennis is a musician who has been performing acoustic classic covers for the past 30 years. He is an accomplished entertainer who has shared the stage with such notable artists as The Eagles, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, America, Rare Earth, Three Dog Night, Koko Taylor, The Buckinghams, Rik Emmett (of Triumph), Little River Band, Air Supply, Tommy James, and The Turtles.
Dennis is a solid vocalist and guitar player, his performances create an intimate backdrop that audiences love. http://dennisobrienmusic.com
As one of the most prominent up and coming artists from Chicago, Brent Brown (28yrs old) pours everything into his music. It is his passion in life and a way for him to spread positivity into the world around him. Brent’s music is influenced by some of his favorite artists including the Beatles, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and Otis Redding. He is a versatile musician who sings, plays guitar, bass, drums and dabbles on the keys. Originally from Naperville, he is an accomplished producer with seven self-produced original albums to his name
Cheryl Rodey is a singer/songwriter originally from Countryside, IL; Compared to such artists as Sara Bareilles, Adele, Kelly Clarkson and Grace Potter, Rodey’s been busy throughout Illinois and the surrounding areas promoting her 6 song “Acoustic EP”. She’s played popular venues such as The Foundation Room at House of Blues, Hollywood Casino and Uncommon Ground.
Away from her solo work, Rodey branches out by providing lead vocals and occasional trumpet for Chicago rock band Hyperplane performing at Chicago venues like Cubby Bear, Metro and Schubas. In 2016, Rodey debuted as part of the melodic-folk trio of Allison, Bowman and Rodey at Brookfield Zoo Summer Concert Series and House of Blues.
While playing with her previous band, Ophelia Grey, Rodey opened up for big names like rock band Daughtry and toured with Nickelodeon star Drake Bell in Illinois, Indiana and New York.
You can check out more about Cheryl Rodey on her website at www.CherylRodeyMusic.com and also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and iTunes.
Honesty is where the best songs come from, and a decade ago – within the first lines of the first song from his very first album, no less – Noah Gabriel was already making that abundantly clear. “I don’t know what to say, but I won’t turn away,” from the appropriately-titled “Pride,” ushered Gabriel into the Chicago roots-rock scene, crafting his own blend of amiable roots-rock that pulls equally from fiery blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn or BB King and wry folk witticisms a la Lucinda Williams or Ryan Adams. From 2005’s debut solo effort In Aurora to last year’s Easy (as part of the power-trio Noah’s Arcade) to his newest concept album, “Dead Reckoning”, Gabriel’s songs are powerful dissections of characters in desperate times or taking even more desperate measures.
Jake Mack is a hard-working musician from Chicagoland specializing in original material and select covers. Either alone or with his band, he plays an eclectic, high-energy mix of rock, blues, soul and Americana, influenced by artists like the Who, Wilco, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy and Sam & Dave. He draws from this diverse mix to create a sound all his own, one that is gritty and soulful and modern, while evoking a musical nostalgia.
Midwestern native, Jon Conover, finds inspiration in the people and places he encounters through his passions for faith, life and music. Known for his emotion-stirring, thought-provoking, honest songwriting, “what seems so high above you is underneath your hat” (Mr. Grey, Make it Til November, 2011) Jon has recorded two full-length studio albums, one EP, released several singles, toured extensively nationally/internationally and developed a loyal following across the US and other countries.
Vocally, you will hear an eclectic blend of rock, country, blues and soul that reflects the diverse influences of his Mid-Western roots. The lyrics to each of his songs are meant to inspire hope and provoke thought. “He tells stories and conjures emotional states with exceptional depth and it gives the songs real impact,” (Jamsphere Independent Music Magazine). Conover’s second album, Make it Til November, was recorded in Los Angeles, CA, and features performances by industry giants Kenny Aronoff on drums, Ed Roth on keys, Linda Taylor on guitar and Andrew Ford on Bass.
Jon Conover’s latest effort, Keep Believing (Nashville Sessions), is a collection of three original songs that Jon co-produced and recorded in Nashville, TN, at Starstruck Studios. Conover worked with Grammy-winning engineers, a host of top industry musicians/songwriters and explored his Country/Bluegrass side more than he had in previous releases.
Jon has played to sold-out crowds in Ireland, California and across the Midwest, performing 200 dates a year, touring solo and/or with fellow musicians.
Jon Conover’s original song, “How God Chooses”, is on the soundtrack of the motion picture, “Ways To Live Forever”, starring Robbie Kay, Ben Chaplin, and Greta Scacchi and released by World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation. Jon’s music videos have garnered over 120,000 views on Youtube, he has thousands of faithful social media follower, he has enjoyed success live, on radio, with video releases and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry, and he has no signs of slowing down.
Nate Mitchell attempts to bring a new age to acoustic music; making it energetic and exciting, yet intimate and personal. Since his inspirations span from rap, to rock, to pop music, he never fails to pull off performing a wide variety of music while translating it into an acoustic performance.
Ukulele infused rootsy folk rock is one way of describing the vibration Kevin Presbrey is casting out there these days, but you could also very well say that his songs have a way of giving you that cozy feeling of being snuggled up by the fireplace in your favorite hooded sweatshirt. He’s warm and familiar to you. Embracing the influences of storytellers Jim Croce, Don McLean, and Van Morrison along with modern troubadours Ryan Adams and James Bay, Presbrey’s midwestern sound and personality is the vehicle for the stories he lives and shares.
Since the early 2000s, KP has amassed a loyal following throughout North America thanks in part to his songs appearing on MTV, VH1, and Fox along with being afforded the opportunity to share the stage with national acts Sister Hazel, The Doobie Brothers, Rusted Root, Big Head Todd and Tonic. Turning heads in Chicago’s music scene with his first solo release Dust Unto Dust, his song “Always With Me” made its way to the airwaves of WXRT radio in 2013 followed by a national television performance on WGN’s morning news.
Gaining steam in 2017, Presbrey’s relentless lust for connecting with audiences has driven the release of his fourth studio album Falling Together. Where Dust Unto Dust (Produced by Ryan Hadlock: The Lumineers, Strumbellas, Vance Joy) centered around picking up the pieces following the sudden passing of his father in 2012, Falling Together is a reflection of his experiences as life moved forward with his father there in spirit. Recorded at Left + Right Studios in Nashville, TN with producer Skylar Wilson (Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter, Justin Townes Earle), KP tapped into that white hot East Nashville vibe this time around in his quest to perpetuate positive feelings, togetherness, and simply finding the bright side in life. From great tragedy comes great triumph – and peace.
Gregory Hyde crafts energetic, intelligent, bombastic songs – Hyde has toured the U.S., had his songs placed in award-winning films, documentaries, & shows, sold over 7,000 copies of his independently produced albums, and garnered a Billboard Music World Songwriting Competition award for the Rock category. He’s received comparisons to a broad array of artists such as Foo Fighters, Jeff Buckley, The Eagles, and Weezer.
Gregory has toured with and shared the stage as an opening artist for such notable performers as Jim Gaffigan, 10,000 Maniacs, Sister Hazel, Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Smithereens, The Jayhawks, Edwin McCain, Tesla, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many others.
“Hyde seamlessly leaps across genres and effortlessly blends classic and modern covers with originals that hold their ground among chart-topping hits.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“First-class pop rock centered on accessible song arrangement and big choruses …seasoned songwriting and near-perfect melodic rock primed for the masses.” – VOX Magazine
For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i.