UPDATE: Friday evening’s TexMex Music Fest was canceled due to a micro burst and heavy rains.
Alert! Gates will open at 4PM today, July 14, with Asleep at the Wheel taking the stage at 5PM. (Note: The Country Sky Band will not be performing.)
All tickets from last night will be honored today, and include a ticket to the Naperville Wine Fest, Aug. 24 & 25, to make up for the price difference. Event planners have expressed regret for any inconvenience to ticket holders. Organizers will continue to update the website and our Facebook and Twitter account with the latest information.
PN Editor’s Note: We understand that safety must come first.
Earlier Post & Overview: Todd Peterson and crews worked well into the evening on July 12 to set the stage for the Tex Mex Music Fest from 4-10PM Fri., July 13, and 3-10PM, Sat., July 14, at CityGate Centre, located in northwest Naperville, just off I-88 and Route 59 at Ferry Road. The inaugural event is presented by Calamos Investments.
During PN’s behind-the-scenes visit Thursday evening, tables and chairs, tents and fencing were being placed by busy crews. We always marvel at the logistics that goes into play and planning for any special event. Peterson noted a change in Saturday’s hours was announced recently after original publicity. On Saturday, the festival runs 3-10PM.
Food and drink will be available for purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring blankets for concert seating.
Music begins on the Main Stage at 4:15PM Friday.
From 6:15-7:30PM Rick Bayless, the renowned cookbook author and chef of Frontera Grill will be talking about the wonders of traditional Mexican cuisine.
Chris Isaak headlines at 8PM.
On Saturday, Main Stage entertainment begins at 4PM (updated). Poi Dog Pondering will perform front and center at 8PM on Saturday.
Rope tricks and other fun activities with a Western twist for youngsters will be offered in the Kids Korral prior to the headline concerts both evenings.
The property anchored by Calamos Investments and the Hotel Arista provided a spacious location with plenty of parking for the 2011 Naperville Wine Festival. Peterson who coordinates such events for InPlay Events said he is not only returning with the Naperville Wine Festival on August 24-25, but is introducing a new event this weekend.
A portion of the proceeds from the Tex Mex Music Fest will benefit DuPage PADS, the largest provider of shelter and permanent supportive housing in DuPage County.
Advance admission tickets are recommended—$30 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 at all times. Admission is higher at the gate. For everything about tickets, special restrictions, security etc., be sure to visit TexMex and Muxic Fest.
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