Above / Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band will headline at Ribfest 2018 on Sat., July 7, in Knoch Park, located at 724 S. West Street in Naperville, Ill.

Ribfest leadership for 2018 includes Rick Grimes & Joel Carlsen.

UPDATE, Nov. 22, 2017 / Tickets to Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band slated for Ribfest 2018, Sat., July 7, go on sale today at 6PM.  (Click here for complete price list.)

Prices start per ticket at $50 and, depending on the experience, go up to $1,500 for the Steven Tyler performance on July 7, 2017.

For the first time, Ribfest also will offer a 4-day ticket. For info, visit www.ribfest.net.


Original Post, Nov. 8, 2017 / Ribfest 2018 is off and running with possibly its most exciting and earliest music announcement ever. Ribfest Entertainment Chair Bob Pschirrer, on behalf of Ribfest Chair 2018 Joel Carlsen and the Exchange Club of Naperville, is proud to bring Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band to Ribfest, Sat., July 7.

Steven Tyler & Janie’s Fund connect with Exchange Club

Steven Tyler, the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band, is considered one of music’s most recognizable, dynamic front-men, and has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Performing with his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Tyler invites the audience to join him for an unforgettable evening, intertwining his greatest hits with songs off his debut solo album We’re All Somebody From Somewhere.

This performance came to be not only out of an artistic partnership, but also from a philanthropic alignment. In November 2015, Tyler founded his philanthropic initiative, Janie’s Fund (www.JaniesFund.org), in partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.

During its inaugural year, with the support of over 38 countries and many influential friends (including Bono, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Miley Cyrus, Sir Elton John, P!nk, Ryan Seacrest, Britney Spears, Howard Stern, and Carrie Underwood), Janie’s Fund raised over $1.9 million. Tyler is proud to have support for Janie’s Fund from Ribfest, and to partner with an event supporting local philanthropic causes, event organizers said.

“We’re delighted to host both the talent and the heart that accompanies Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band,” said Carlsen. “To be able to partner with this level of artist for Ribfest, and then to be able to join Tyler in supporting agencies that uplift and save lives, fits perfectly with our mission and goals for Ribfest 2018.”

Exchange Club President Robin Choquette, Psy. D., said Ribfest is entering its 31st year and has raised more than $16 million. “Ribfest is our only fundraiser and the success of the event drives the economics of the club’s mission to support area agencies,” she added.

Agencies include those organizations that address daily challenges in our community:  hunger, families in crisis, homelessness, sexual assault, advocacy, housing, addiction, respite care for families of special need children, adult daycare, teen pregnancy support, to name just a few. The Edward Care Center, Loaves and Fishes, Families Helping Families, and Little Friends, Inc.; as well as Project HELP, a nonprofit organization established by the Club in 1992 that supports whole family and parenting health, are among those receiving allocations from Ribfest 2017 proceeds.

Tickets for Steven Tyler go on sale at 6PM CST Wed., Nov. 22, via ribfest.net.

Naperville Ribfest since 1987

Mission-driven and volunteer run, the Exchange of Naperville’s Ribfest is a premier Midwestern 4th of July concert series and celebration. In cooperation with its partners, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District, Ribfest, preparing for its 31th year, now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually. Net proceeds from Ribfest directly support 55-plus agencies that work tirelessly to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence in all forms.  To date, Exchange has donated more than $16 million.

2018 Grand Sponsors are Miller Lite, ABC 7 Chicago, D&J Amusements, Baird & Warner, Navistar and Naperville Bank & Trust/Wintrust Community Banks.

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Story and photo submitted by Mary Howenstine Director of Marketing / Chair, Marketing 2018, Director of Exchange Club of Napervile’s 2018 Ribfest, July 4-7.