• Patti Raspolich

Taste of Joliet Lineup Announced: Featuring USF Alumni

Although it’s hard to imagine enjoying anything outside right now let alone a concert, the recent release of the country lineup for the Taste of Joliet has fans looking forward to warm weather even more so than before. The Taste of Joliet, which features several musical performances, is held every summer during the last weekend of June at the ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

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This year, there will be four acts performing on Saturday, June 24. Saturday’s headliner, Billy Currington, will take the main stage at 9:00 p.m. Other acts include A Thousand Horses, Kane Brown and USF alumni Stephen Neal, who will be opening up at 4:00 p.m.

Stephen Neal graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2013 and is currently getting ready for a busy year on the road. Although Neal now lives in Nashville, tour plans for 2017 include at least 120 shows in 40 different states. The first show of the tour kicks off in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with country artist Russell Dickerson on January 27. As spring and summer approach, Stephen and the band plan to play at countless colleges throughout the country, as well as multiple music festivals.

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With an album release planned for spring, Stephen Neal explains that this summer’s performance at the Taste of Joliet will be “a completely different show with different songs.” Fans can look forward to new music with a fresh, universal sound. Stephen is anticipating the release of his new “feel-good” music. Although this will be a busy year, he is looking forward to playing for his hometown fans this summer at the Taste.

The event, which is sponsored by various companies such as D’arcy GMC, Kozol Bros Inc., ATI Physical Therapy and Pepsi, will have numerous food vendors for guests to enjoy. Food vendors from previous years include local favorites such as Cemeno’s, Babe’s Hot Dogs, Juliet’s Tavern, Pizza for U, and chains like TCBY, Mariano’s Kitchen and Cold-Stone Creamery. In addition to the live entertainment, families can enjoy a carnival and a kids zone for children.

Tickets are currently available for Saturday, June 24 through the website, with prices varying from $10 for general admission and $42.50 for the reserved front section at the music stage. Entertainment lineups for Friday and Sunday have not yet been announced.

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