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Musical Entertainment at the Homestead Festival


Each year the Homestead Featival features a wonderful selection of musical acts scattered throughout our community. Providing our guests with a variety of styles and genres, we are sure you will find performances that meet your pesonal style and preferences. Below is a list of some of the artists who will be performing at this years Homestead Festival.


Snapshot Friday September 8th, 2017 8:30PM - 12:30AM


SnapshotOn Friday evening, September 8th, the Princeton Jaycees Beer Garden will be held at Darius Miller Park with the gates opening at 8:00PM and music and entertainment by Snapshot taking the stage from 8:30PM-12:30AM

Band Info
Snap Shot is composed of proficient and experienced musicians, lead singer Murph Cater, guitar and vocals Don Agler, guitar and vocals Gary Scofield, bass and vocals Mike Mathy, drums and vocals Jeff Wild, and keyboards & vocals Rick Piontek. The band centers its' playing in the western suburbs, generally. The band is all about having a good time. The Party Band, what the people want to hear and what gets them up and dancing. It's very important to Snapshot that people know when they come to a show, they are going to enjoy themselves and rock out to the songs they love to hear. This year Gary Scofield, formerly of Hi-Infidelity and Evolution, joined the band, and Mike Mathy came back after taking a year off. Mike and Gary and Don have been playing together in this and other bands for over 30 years.

For more info please visit www.snapshotrocks.com!


Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys Saturday September 9th, 2017 4:30-6:30 PM


Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys"James Montgomery proves he has emotional strength worthy of a major-league soul bluesman." - Downbeat

The Chicago Playboys first saw the light of day as the back-up band for Chicago blues and soul singer Little Johnny Christian, and the name has been carried forward by trombonist, vocalist and bandleader Big James Montgomery. Along with keyboardist Joe "Goldie" Blocker, guitarist Mike "Money' Wheeler, trumpeter Charles "Richard" Pryor, bassist Larry "L-Dub' Williams and drummer Cleo Cole, James has created a Chicago-rooted, funky, horn-heavy sound, steeped in the city's signature blues tradition. The Playboys have developed into a disciplined unit that is drawing comparisons to James Brown's former rhythm-intensive backing band, and are tearing up packed houses at home and across both seas. They continue to put Big James and the Chicago Playboys' name up on some of the biggest marquees and festival stages in the world.

The band's newest effort, "The Big Payback," was recorded live at the legendary Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris in November, 2010. James and the band perform with an infectious enthusiasm and verve, and the crowd responds in kind. In addition to three of James's blues-tinged original tunes, the program ranges from the killer James Brown groove of the title cut to the soul classic "Trying To Live My Life Without You," a couple of Magic Sam gems, George Clinton's "I'll Stay," to the funky, set closing instrumental version of Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water." "The Big Payback" is an unalloyed pleasure, a joyous celebration of the great tradition of horn-based blues ensembles that leaves the listener - much like the Parisian audience - wanting more.

The Princeton Park District will provide food, beverages and Spirits for your enjoyment.

Check out the Big Jim & the Chicago Playboys Website.


Mike & Joe Saturday September 9th, 2017 8:30PM - 12:30AM


Mike & JoeOn Saturday evening, September 9th, the Princeton Jaycees Beer Garden will be held at Darius Miller Park with the gates opening at 8:00 p.m. and music and entertainment by Mike & Joe taking the stage from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Band Info
Mike and Joe is a really good modern rock cover band based out of Chicago. It's kind of as simple as that. "Kind of," except for the fact that the band is widely regarded by it's peers as one of the very best sounding cover bands in the entire nation. It's impressive.

But what makes an average listener walk away thinking, "That was really good." "I liked that a lot." " I want to see that again." The answer is the best possible one; and that is quality. This is a living, breathing, organic “band’s band.” No backing tracks or pre-programmed instruments are used. No sounds rolling off a computer somewhere. Just four of the most solid and passionate musicians playing . . . as one . . . with the gift of delivering a concert experience while simultaneously compelling their audience to dance and sing along. Its rock, it's fun, and it's quality. The guitarists utilize their acoustic guitars deftly in a way that most cover acts don't touch. Add 4 part harmony and a smashmouth drummer who hits for real, and you have delightful versatility. And the set list? It's a smile inducing mix of rock-pop songs from the 90s and 2000s...with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

Mike and Joe mix, match, and perfect hand selected hits and timeless favorites. They bring down the house with today's hottest hits while rocking favorite childhood jams. Mike and Joe are not just your normal cover band, they're a true BAND that plays covers.

For more information about the band, go to www.MikeandJoe.com.


Generics Sunday September 10th, 2017 7:00PM - 9:00PM


GenericsThe Goodies Band also known as the Generics is now in their 20th year performing in the Illinois Valley area. The variety band enjoys playing swing, country and 50's, 60's and 70's rock and roll music. The band began as a 2-piece combo comprised of Ray Schnarr, a vocalist and guitar player, and Gary Swanson, a keyboard player. Within a year the band became a four piece combo adding two individuals in Ray Pierson as the drummer and Jeff Grieff as a guitar player.

Ray Pierson was also known for his corny Pierson jokes. Over the years Tom Seda, Tom Rose, John Loftus and Mike Raffety have filled in as lead guitar players. The band grew to 7-pieces by adding Larry Kuepker as a vocalist and percussionist, Marilyn Younger as a vocalist and saxophone player, and Virjean Haywood as another vocalist.

Ray Pierson and Larry Kuepker have unexpectedly passed on. Their personalities and talent are still expressed in selected songs the band performs in their shows. The Goodies Show Band now consists of six members and three guest performers. The current members are Gary Swanson, Ray Schnarr, Stan Allan a vocalist and lead guitar player, Troy King the drummer, Marilyn Younger and Virjean Haywood. The guest performers are Bob Stevenson a vocalist and trumpet player, Ed Robinson a vocalist and Karen Robinson also a vocalist.

If you want a good time dancing and listening to the oldies but goodies music, be sure to catch one of The Goodies Band Shows.

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  • PJWC Baby Contest
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  • BBQ Rib Cook OFF
    Sunday event with a $30 entry fee. Ribs only cooked on site. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes.
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  • Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang Blues
    BLUES CONCERT @ Alexander Park Sat. 4:30PM-6:30PM Food, beverage and spirits available.
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  • Jaycees Beer Garden
    Darius Miller Park
    Gates Open 8pm / Close 1am
    Music & Entertainment at 8:30pm


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