Sing it with us: everybody's working for the weekend!
Come May 23, you'll want to take a Heartland Weekend adventure to Williamson County, Illinois for the 2019 HerrinFesta Italiana.
This year’s lineup will include performances from country artists Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson, rock bands Loverboy and Head East, and Christian artists Danny Gokey and Jason Crabb.
Here's a closer look at the full entertainment schedule:
Resurrection: A Journey Tribute
The concert schedule begins with a special tribute to a band we all know and love. Resurrection: A Journey Tribute recreates the experience of a 1980’s Journey arena-rock concert. This dynamic and compelling band features some of Nashville’s hottest musicians, many whom have performed, written, or recorded with the biggest names in the music industry – including Journey and Steve Perry. Seamstress opens for Resurrection.
WHEN: Thursday, May 23 starting at 7 p.m.
The 11-time Grammy nominee has hits that include “The Dollar”, “In Color”, and “The High Cost of Living”. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and the ACM. His 2008 debut album, That Lonesome Song, picked up five Grammy nominations. As a songwriter, the former Marine has penned tunes for George Strait, Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins. Joe Nichols, and others.
Southern Illinois’ own Kendall Marvel will take the stage ahead of Johnson. Marvel has long been an award-winning Nashville song writer. He has written for George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Jake Owen, and Johnson. But now the Thompsonville-Galatia area native has him own album, Lowdown and Lonesome.
WHEN: Friday, May 24 starting at 6:30 p.m.
The season 10 American Idol winner has a current country airplay hit, “This is It,” which hit number one last month after 37 weeks on the chart. The song was a love song to sing to his fiancé at their wedding this past June. It’s the second country airplay leader from his album, Seasons Change. “Five More Minutes” led the charts last March. McCreery is the first country music artist to have his debut album, Clear As Day, enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Platinum singles from that 2011 album included “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls”. He won a New Artist of the Year award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards. McCreery’s show begins at 9:30 pm.
Riley Green will take the stage before McCreery. Green’s debut single, “There Was This Girl,” is number eight on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. The Alabama native recently dropped his newest single, “In Love by Now.”
Daniel E. Johnson opens the evening’s entertainment.
WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 6:30
High energy rock band Loverboy has been making music for almost 40 years. Hits include “Working for the Weekend,” “Turn Me Loose,” “Heaven in Your Eyes,” “The Kid Is Hot Tonight” and “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”
One of Southern Illinois’ favorite classic rock bands, Head East, will put on a show before Loverboy. Their signature song, “There’s Never Been Any Reason (Save My Life)” has long-been considered by many radio stations across the country as “The Rock & Roll National Anthem.” The band says their first gig as Head East was at the Golden Gauntlet in Çarbondale in August, 1969.
The Great Affairs opens the night.
WHEN: Sunday, May 26 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Faith and Family Night returns for a second year at HerrinFesta on Monday, May 27th. That’s when American Idol third-place finisher Danny Gokey will headline. Gokey has had several chart-topping albums including My Best Days (2010) and Rise (2017). The Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee’s current single is “Haven’t Seen it Yet”.
Jason Crabb just won his second Grammy Award last month for the album, Unexpected. He will opens Faith and Family Night. Crabb also has 21 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. He is a Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year winner. Crabb’s hometown is Beaver Dam, Kentucky, not far from Herrin.
Faith and Family Night is presented in cooperation with the Southern Illinois Worship Center.
WHEN: Monday, May 27 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the entertainment at HerrinFesta range in price from $10 to $35.
New the year, you can enjoy all five nights of live music with the $30 "Everyday Pass".
The pass gives you general admission to as many of the concerts as you choose.
Single night general admission prices have also been lowered to $8 to $15, depending on the night.
HerrinFesta Italiana 2019 tickets will go on sale March 6th at herrinfesta.com.