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The last night of the Last Nights at Knoch for Ribfest 2019


Above / Grand Funk Railroad, pictured, ZZ Ward and the Empty Pockets will join previously announced Bad Company on the Navistar Main Stage on July 6.

The Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest is now set with four nights of live entertainment, July 3-6, throughout Knoch Park, mindful that the Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest will begin a new chapter in 2020. 

Organizers say that before the new chapter begins, Ribfest is writing its 2019 chapter in bold form for its closing night, Sat., July 6. 

On May 16, Bad Company, announced it will headline on the Navistar Main Stage in the North Park on July 6, noting more entertainment would be coming soon. 

Now Ribfest fans know the Navistar Main Stage in the North Park also will be brimming with additional talents of ZZ Ward, Grand Funk Railroad and the Empty Pockets.

“We’ve literally loaded the lineup for our last night in Knoch with hours of amazing and diverse vocal and instrumental artists.  There is something for everyone on Saturday,” says Pete Paulsen, co-chair of 2019 Ribfest, along with Sandy Rocush.

Patrons are encouraged to buy now as general admission ticket prices increase $10 on Mon., June 17.

About ZZ Ward

Evocative of blues grit and hip-hop bounce, the Los Angeles-based vocal powerhouse and multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward will open for Bad Company. 

About Grand Funk Railroad

David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine, says it best, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” 

About Empty Pockets

Sincerity, pathos and powerhouse vocals. The Empty Pockets’ often cerebral and sometimes playful indie rock sound is built upon a strong foundation of the timeless Americana, Blues, and Soul that came before them. 

Ribfest 2019

This year’s lineup for Ribfest 2019 on the Navistar Main Stage includes Billy Idol with opening act Living Colour July 3; Flo Rida, KC and The Sunshine Band, with fireworks by Meijer on July 4; and Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser and Naperville native Joe Hanson on July 5.  Bad Company, ZZ Ward, Grand Funk Railroad and Empty Pockets perform July 6.  

Tickets are available now at ribfest.net. This year’s grand sponsors include ABC7 Chicago, Navistar, Meijer, Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, Jewel- Osco, Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks, Pella, Gnarly Head, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Guaranteed Rate, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Euclid Beverage, D&J Amusements, Jeep, RAM, Groot Industries, Morgan Stanley, Xfinity, Hollywood Casino and 95.9 The River.

Exchange Club of Naperville since 1987 / Thanks Ribfest since 1988

Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national program—the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Exchange Club of Naperville chartered in 1987.  Mission-driven and volunteer run, Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest is a premier Midwestern 4th of July concert series and celebration. Ribfest, in its 32nd year, now draws more than 150,000 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 $17.5 million to these agencies.

Simply put… 2019 Navistar Main Stage Artists for Last Nights at Knoch

July 3 / Billy Idol  *  Living Colour 
July 4 / Flo Rida  *  KC and The Sunshine Band  * Fireworks by Meijer 
July 5 / Brantley Gilbert  *  Randy Houser  * Joe Hanson 
July 6 / Bad Company  *  Grand Funk Railroad   *   ZZ Ward   *   Empty Pockets 
Submitted by Mary Howenstine for Ribfest 2019

Naperville 2019 Independence Day Bonus!

The Naperville Municipal Band will perform at 6PM Thurs., July 4, in Central Park. The concert titled “America’s Composers” will be performed on stage at the Community Concert Center.

All other NMB summer concerts in Central Park (Thursdays from June 6 through August 15) begin at 7:30PM. The concert to celebrate Independence Day begins early at 6PM so families can find their favorite place to watch the City’s spectacular fireworks at dusk.

Click here for this summer’s schedule and more info about the Naperville Municipal Band that’s been around since 1859! Cheers to the first 160 years!

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