Julie K – Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Back by popular demand, “Julie K” will charm the younger generation with the sights and sound of an exciting show. Julie has charmed young children at the Marigold Festival for several years. This award winning song writer and performer channels her talents into each and every performance. Julie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in vocal performance from Rollins University in Florida. She owns and operates her own entertainment company which focuses on teaching children the art of music and movement. Her recordings include, “A Sunny Day” 2009, “Animal Party”, 2010 and “Family Love”, 2012. Her albums have received national critical acclaim. She has performed at many venues around the Midwest providing an uplifting child exciting entertainment that can be enjoyed by the whole family. If you have children, make sure not to miss her performance at the Pekin Marigold Festival. (To learn more visit juliekmusic.com.)
The Prairie Star Fiddlers – Saturday, 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
The groups is a part of the Pekin School Dist. 108 Suzuki Strings which is a very unique program teaching private and group lessons to K-8th grades. The more advanced students are put in one of 2 string orchestras and can also sign up for the fiddle group. We offer a fiddle camp the week before school starts to learn the repertoire for the year. We perform generally monthly for nursing home, retirement centers, and civic events including a Chief's game after fiddle camp. Our fiddlers are from 2nd-8th grade as well as some high school alumni who still want to play.
Brazilionaires – Saturday, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The “Brazilionaires” is a Latin music band from the Peoria, IL area. They play Bossa Novas & sambas as well as other Latin grooves with lyrics in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. A fairly new band they continue to gain popularity in Central Illinois for their unique style. The band features vocalist Dove Benoit, guitarist and vocalist Wayne "Rico" Johnson, keyboardists Mike Nellas and Larry Harms, percussionist Cory Flanigan, and Carl Bopp on flute and accordion. If you want to just sit back, relax and enjoy a nice afternoon listening to good music, you won’t want to miss this unique band. (Visit www.thebrazilionaires.com and see them on Facebook)
New Blood Gospel Bluegrass Band – Saturday, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
“New Blood Gospel Bluegrass Band” based in Pekin, IL. They share the Spirit of the Lord and the joyful music called Bluegrass. As a band they lean towards instrumentals, flat picking, and even some old time styling. New Blood tries to blend the past, present and future bluegrass music, but at the same time add their own touch to it. Twenty year old Leah Everly was the 2011 North American Country Music Association International’s (NACMAI) Female Vocalist of the Year and in 2010 & 2012 was Entertainer of the Year. Leah is also 2011 Song Writer of the Year. Her song "Lord Guide My Feet" made this possible. Paul Everly Sr. is the 2012 NACMAI, Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. He was also the 2011 Adult Male Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year. Paul Everly Jr. is the 2012 NACMAI Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2011 he accepted the New Horizon Songwriter of the Year Award for the song he wrote "Headed for the Promise land." Additional band members Matthew Rendleman and Caleb Gill, have helped the band achieve many awards including the North American Country Music Association International, Mixed Age Bluegrass Band of the Year in 2012, the Adult Bluegrass Band of the Year 2011 and Most Promising Mixed Age Bluegrass Band of the Year in 2010. The band is sure to delight Marigold Festival participants with their unique style of Bluegrass and Gospel music. (Learn more at newbloodgospelbluegrassband.com)
Loose Shoes – Sunday, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Loose Shoes is a VARIETY band from Pekin. The band started as the brain child of Dr. Eric Reinertson a local Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Originally, a smaller group of musicians were assembled to “jam” once a month or so with some classic rock tunes and eventually play for the office Christmas party. Over the course of a couple of years several musicians joined the band from various connections. Some have come and gone and the mix now includes about two or more of everything; singers, keyboards, trumpets, guitars, saxes, trombones, etc. It is hard to say how many people actually are in the band as it keeps growing and we have up to 16 full and part time members.
All of the Loose Shoes members either work or go to school full time in the Pekin area. THREE of the members are local physicians, which occasionally gives rise to the name “the Doctors’ band”. This band has a strong rhythm section that is accented by a full brass combo and several exceptional vocalists. CLASSIC ROCK Covers and songs from the 1940’s to current hits are the predominant presentation material. This is a band you will simply enjoy watching and listening to on a relaxing afternoon in the park.
the august – Sunday, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Straight from Nashville, Tennessee, “the august” is a force to be reckoned with; an eclectic mix of country meets the windy city. Jacky Dustin is where country should be at with her Tammy Wynette meets Tina Turner twang soul vocals; she is original and should be the voice of Country today. Originally from Chicago, Jacky, Tim Good and Wojtek Krupka moved to Music City in 2009, where they met up with Cameron Clarke. Hence the name of their most recent album, "Dear Chicago, Love Nashville." That CD, as well as their two others can be found on iTunes and other online stores. “the august” brings a little Funk, Blues and Rock and Roll to this tight small band. Jacky is not an auto-tuned twangster; she is the real deal with incredible strength, presence and drive. Not to be outdone, Krupka, principle co-writer with influences like Neil Young and Tom Petty, plays an important role in “the august” sound. The August has shared the stage with a variety of great musicians, including Toby Keith, Lionel Richie, Leon Russell, and The Drive-By Truckers. "Listening to the august is like listening to old Johnny Cash tunes on modern radio: The sound is nostalgic-country complete with its own special twang.” - Chicago Daily Herald. (Visit their website to get a taste of their music and style at theaugust.com/wordpress/epk or www.reverbnation.com/theaugust)
Dragon Spotlight Talent Show Winners – Sunday, 4:15 – 4:45pm
Winners from the Pekin Dragon Spotlight Talent Show held last February will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage at Pekin Marigold Festival. Some of these talented High School performers will have the opportunity to show their talents. Come out to show your support of these Young People of Pekin. We are sure you will enjoy it.