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Forest Park Summer Fest

Held Friday and Saturday, 6/8 and 6/9, the Forest Park Summer Festival provided food, games and live music for all.
Bands occupied three separate stages set up along Madison Street from Circle to Des Plaines Avenues. The Food Court on Thomas Avenue plenty of summer fare like brats, Italian and smoked sausages, burgers and the like. Mingled in with carnival games, the offerings in the merchant booths spanned all manner of enticements from face-painting to tattoos; from handmade jewelry and sculptures, clothing, sports’ fan gear, and most things in-between. Local pubs and restaurants along Madison were also open and joined in the joyous cacophony as the well-varied crowd of celebrants mingled and moseyed, playing the games, buying the goods, eating the food, and generally having a grand time.
The Beer Tent kept the cold ones coming adjacent to the Court Stage where R-Gang was the featured act Sunday evening when I was there. The rollicking R&B band rocked through a performance of standards from their catalog that is heavy on covers of Classic Motown, Funk, Blues, Pop, with some Golden Oldies 50’s Rock n Roll, and even Disco thrown in, all with their own bounce attached. They had the crowd rocking and dancing throughout.
I got to the Kid’s Stage just in time to check out The Ralleys playing an inspired rendition of Ringo Starr’s ”It Don’t Come Easy”. The popular band, which also covered Tom Petty’s “Freefalling”, among other pop standards as well, is well-known in Forest Park for shows they’ve played in local venues.
The Circle Stage featured the Neverly Brothers as the evening act and they took the audience on a tour of Rock n Roll from the fifties Elvis to the Beatles, with multiple stops in-between including Jerry Lee Lewis, the Platters, the Dave Clark 5, and the Kinks, just to name a few. Their mettle was on display as they closed the festival in classic style. Oh, - and there was a well-stocked Beer Tent next to the Circle Stage also.
All in all, the Forest Park Summer Fest was a great party for all…

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