Ribfest “will rock this town” on Wed., July 4, on the Navistar Main Stage at Knoch Park in Naperville. The Naperville Ribfest Entertainment Committee, on behalf of Ribfest Chair 2018 Joel Carlsen and the Exchange Club of Naperville, is pleased to announce they have booked Stray Cats.

Stray Cats

Joel Carlsen, 2018 Ribfest Chairman

Stray Cats, the band that put Rockabilly music back on the record charts in the early ’80s, scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual 1950’s style brought “up to date” with exaggerated pompadours and colorful tattoos and as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly’s original heyday. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979, the trio shared a love for Rockabilly music and after banging around New York and Philadelphia for a few months, in the summer of 1980, they were persuaded by a mutual friend to hop a plane to London where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge. Their massive hits and videos include “Runaway Boys,” “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” and “I Won’t Stand in Your Way.”

Exchangite Joel Carlsen says, “Stray Cats add depth and variety to Ribfest 2018 music offerings. July 4, with Stray Cats, AND with another major announcement coming soon, AND fireworks sponsored by Meijer, promises to be a fantastic experience.”

Stray Cats join the 2018 line-up which includes Jake Owen / Chris Janson on July 6, and Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band on July 7.

Stray Cats tickets go on sale March 14

Tickets for Stray Cats go on sale Wednesday, March 14, at 10 am CST via ribfest.net.  Tickets for Jake Owen / Chris Janson, and Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band, are available now through ribfest.net

There are a variety of ticket choices for Ribfest 2018.  For the concert lover, options include all Park General Access (which includes the Navistar Main Stage concerts and South Park), Standing Room Only, Skybox, VIP and various combination ticket packs. 

The South Park ticket option does not include access to the Navistar Main Stage music venue. South Park will feature local talent on the South Stage, and host the carnival, family area, and rib vendors, and offers a daily admission fee of $5 for ages 12 and older.  Children 11 and under are free South Park General Admission every day.  On July 4th, South Park admission is free after 5 pm. Veterans are admitted to the South Park for free all day on July 4. 

Current Ribfest 2018 Grand Sponsors are ABC7, Navistar, Meijer, Jewel-Osco, Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, Great Lakes Coca – Cola, Sunbelt Rentals, Medical Risk Services, Inc., InnoDATAve Solutions, Nathan’s Famous Franks, D & J Amusements, Miller Lite, and Euclid Beverage.

Naperville’s Ribfest in Knoch Park

Mission-driven and volunteer run, the Exchange of Naperville’s Ribfest is a premier midwestern Fourth of July concert series and celebration. In cooperation with its partners, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District, Ribfest, in its 31th year, now draws more than 200,000 visitors annually.  Net proceeds from Ribfest directly support 50+ agencies that work tirelessly to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence in all forms.  To date, Exchange has donated over $16 million.

Agencies the Exchange Club supports include those who address daily challenges in the 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; Little Friends, Inc.; and 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.

RELATED PN POST / 2017 Ribfest Allocations Luncheon hosted March 2, 2018, at Meson Sabika