Pekin marigold festival


Playing at the Pekin Community Bank Showcase Stage

Special thanks to all of our 2016 Showcase Stage Performers!

Sing Out Studios with Maggie Kalm

Saturday, September 10th 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Children are an important part of the Marigold Festival and this year, they can experience music on the festival entertainment stage with Kindermusik. The goal of Kindermusik is to nurture the musician naturally found within each child and to help realize that musicianship in ways that are ideal for active young children. Your child will delight in the songs, games and more during this exciting free interactive performance for you and your child ages 0 - 6 years old. Head to the stage after the parade for this fun, upbeat show!

Suzuki Strings

Saturday, September 10th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

There is a long tradition of string education in the Pekin Public School District. The district has been the home of Pekin Suzuki Strings since 1973. Students can begin learning violin or cello in kindergarten or first grade. Fourth graders can begin in a traditional string program. String students have the opportunity to experience many different styles of music. In addition to several different levels of orchestra there is the HONORS Ensemble (jazz, rock and classical) and the Prairie Star Fiddlers. Groups are available to perform at local community and special events. Call 477-4774 for more information.

Corn Wolves

Saturday, September 10th, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

The Corn Wolves believe in the power of acoustic music. All 5 members of the band specialize in instruments typically played without the assistance of electricity - including Brian Carroll on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Roland Millington on stand-up bass, Bill Trulove on trumpet and percussion, Eric Wrigley on drums and multi-instrumentalist BJ Price on saxophone and piano. The sound can best be described as electric and uplifting - often venturing into styles and genres not typically reserved for the unplugged setting. Blending classic rock, americana, country, jazz, island, pop, soul and retro with a liberal dose of humor and no fear of audience requests, the Corn Wolves have become a must-see act inthe busy Central Illinois music scene. Fun Fact: The Corn Wolves were founded as a fundraising duet dedicated to St. Jude Children's Hospital. This mission continues through the band's many fundraisers and performance donations.

The Rave

Saturday, September 10th, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

The Rave first burst onto the Central Illinois live music scene in 1984 and quickly built a loyal following. Now reunited since 2014, their unique high-energy sound features the group's tight 3-part harmonies and infectious, fun stage presence. Along with their upbeat repertoire of classic 80's and 90's song, the group has also added many current pop-rock favored songs from groups like One Republic, Neon Tress, All American Rejects, and Imagine Dragons. The Rave has appeared with a variety of major artist including Pat Benatar, Kenny Loggins, John Waite, The Romantics, and the Greg Kihn Band. They've also headlined at the St. Louis' VP Fair, the historical "Hands Across America" concert at Illinois State University, and the sold-out Peoria Civic Center Theater "Count Me In" show. Bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices and join us as we welcome The Rave to the Marigold Festival Stage!

7 West

Saturday, September 10th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The 7 West evening concert was such a success last year that we've asked them back to do it again this year! 7 West is the area's most versatile band, covering a broad range of styles from rock to country and helping to raise the bar for live music in the area with an unsurpassed level of musicianship and production. With Michelle Lynn (vocals), Troy Hamilton (vocals), Steve Sefton (guitar), Tim Lee (drums), Bob Moore (bass), and Mike Folkenroth (keyboards), this group is easy on the ears and has over 100 years of combined experience locally and on national stages. They've shared the bill with artists such as Sugarland, Kansas, Brad Paisley, REO Speedwagon, Joan Jett, Jason Aldean and many more.

9/11 15th Anniversary Celebration and Remembrance Worship Service

Sunday, September 11th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Everyone is invited to this special partriotic celebration for the whole family. There will be great music, special guests, worship, prayers from multiple pastors and leaders, recognition of the civil servants and military, and more. This service is inclusive of all Churches and guests. It will be an uplifting way to come together to celebrate our community, nation and our God. (Prelude will begin at 10:15)

Marigold Revue

Sunday, September 11th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our community is blessed with an abundance of local talent and this is our chance to show that off! Join us for this fun hour of local entertainment featuring Miss Marigold 2016 and her court, winners of this year's Friday Night Family Fest lip sync contest, and many more. Everyone starts somewhere - who knows what future star might get their start right here?

Elvis (Lee Hall)

Sunday, September 11th, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

A crowd favorite, Elvis will be in the building (well, on the stage) once again this year. Lee Hall is perhaps best known in our area for his 32-year career as a sportscaster at WEEK-TV. His love affair with Elvis and his music goes back to 1973 when he saw Elvis' "Aloha" concert on TV. Lee did his first public Elvis performance on the St. Bernard's 8th grade bus trip to Six Flags back in 1977. Now Lee is in his 16th year as an Elvis entertainer and he's opened for Eddie Moeny, Ricochet, American English and Shania Twain. He performs at nursing homes, county fairs, conventions and private parties. His "Gospel Tribute to the King" concerts have raised over $13,000 for St. Jude.


Sunday, September 11th, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

If Motley Crue and Alabama had a baby...they would name it BONZAI!. Soaring 3 part harmonies, solid chest pounding rhythms, all the ingredients for an unforgettable performance! Bonzai drives the audience to a sweat-crazed dance extravaganza with old school 80's pop adding a unique twist, 90's Hip Hop with a Hard Rock flavor, Boot stomping country with all of the artists you hear now, and grew up listening to. Purely to create the ULTIMATE party atmosphere. If you're looking for a boring, no personality band that caters to one specific style of music, Bonzai is not for you... But, if you are looking for a band that has set no limits to what they will play, and will give everything they've got to put a smile on your face, Bonzai is your band!

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