Musical line-up showcases a variety of genres, crowds grow
The 2018 Corn Festival has the musical line-up set for next week.
The nightly concerts will take place at the Sullivan Central Plaza at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. In the case of inclement weather, the shows will be moved to the Sullivan High School Auditorium, located at 902 N. Section St.
“We book those a year in advance,” Steve Simmons, a member of the Sullivan Rotary Club, said. He is involved every year with looking for and booking the bands that appear at the Corn Festival in Sullivan.
The concerts are free to the public and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.
Wednesday night, opening up the festival will be the band TUSK, the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute. This is a new band on the stage for those who have attended the festival in years past.
“They are from the East Coast,” Simmons said. “They are probably the premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band out there. There are two or three of them but these guys are spot on.”
Motown Sounds of Touch will be returning to the Corn Festival on Thursday night from Ohio.
“It is a quartet and they do all the old Motown music,” Simmons said. “They have a nine-piece band I believe. Those guys and really fun and they have been doing it for years.”
County Legends, who performs on Friday, is also a new band for the festival.
“That act has three different performers,” Simmons said. “It is a tribute for Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band. There is three different artist with a full band, all in one show.”
All three performers even look at the artists as well.
“They are bringing an electric fiddle with them too,” Simmons said. “So it will be country all the way. It is a pretty big band out of Canada. We are bringing them across the border.”
Saturday night, participants will go back in time while listening to the band BritBeat, a Tribute to the Beatles.
“They have been here seven or eight times,” Simmons said. “They are a crowd pleaser. Everyone likes the Beatles.”
The band will have three different sets with complete costume changes.
“The first set is the Ed Sullivan era, the early days,” Simmons said. “They are out there in their suits and ties. The second one is the Sgt. Pepper era … The third one is the Abby Road, it is all the old days right before they disbanded.”
There is also an improvement to the viewing experience for those at the concerts.
“This year we are going to have a jumbo screen up too,” Simmons said. “I think some of the acts, it is a 9 ft. by 20 ft. LED screen behind the stage, will use it to enhance their performances.”
BritBeat and some of the others will use the new screen. It will also be used to show the sponsors of the music between acts.
“If it wasn’t for the sponsors, we wouldn’t have all this entertainment,” Simmons said. “We have a lot of generous sponsors that pay for all of this so it is free to the public.”
There will also be beer gardens and food vendors during the performances. The added space at the Plaza, since they moved last year, has allowed them to offer more to those who come to enjoy the music.
“We run out of room on the square,” Simmons said. “The crowds just keep getting bigger every year. It has really grown.”