16 Candles, Buckinghams, Too White Crew, School of Rock set for JEFF FEST

The entertainment schedule for the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce’s “Jeff Fest” arts and music festival includes pop legend the Buckinghams, 1980s tribute band 16 Candles, hip hop tribute band Too White Crew and cover rock band 97Nine.

Covergurl will open the festival at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. Known for its high-powered party rock sound, the group plays songs from bands such as AC/DC, Cars, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Queen, Kiss, Joan Jett and Metallica. The headliner Too White Crew will perform at 8 p.m. with a six-piece band and the Fly Girl dancers, performing hip hop music from the 1980s and 1990s.

Music Dudes, which recently won the Moe’s Bar Battle of the Bands, kicks off the Saturday, Aug. 5, line-up at 2 p.m., and Generation will perform at 3:30 p.m., playing classics from performers like the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie and Sly and the Family Stone.

Also on Saturday, the Buckinghams will perform at 5:45 p.m. and 16 Candles at 7:30 p.m. The Buckinghams’ hits include “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playin’ Our Song,” and at one time the group was a regular performer at the former Holiday Ballroom at Milwaukee and Higgins in Jefferson Park. In the past both the Buckinghams and16 Candles, one of the most popular groups in the Chicago area, have drawn large crowds to Jeff Fest.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, School of Rock will open the festival at 2 p.m., followed at 3:15 p.m. by the local band Little Egypt, featuring state Representative Rob Martwick on guitar and vocals. Also, Stache, which performs hits from the 1980s through today, starts at 4:45 p.m., and 97Nine, a cover band that tours the Midwest, takes the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Performers on the community stage on Saturday and Sunday will be the pop/rock band House of Gibby, Academy of Polynesian Arts,  Funk Du Jour,rock band Batteries Not Included, Taft High school Orchesis, Chicago Ballet Center,  and Clogging Craze.

In addition, guitarist and vocalist Stephen Gulyas will perform during the festival in the crowd.

The festival also will include bouncy houses, games, face painting, pony rides and other children’s activities, including a free coloring project from the Ed Paschke Art Center. (Some of the children’s activities will be available for a small fee.)

There also will be a wine tasting on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the festival. Tickets for the tasting can be purchased at the festival or online at eventbrite.com.

Volunteers from the following organizations will be working the beer tents: the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Forward, the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, United Church of Christ, Pope Francis Global Academy, Knights of Columbus Tonti Council, Rock The Badges, state Senator John Mulroe’s office and the chamber.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for seniors age 65 and older on Friday and $2 on Saturday and Sunday.

The hours of the festival are from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the festival benefit the chamber, which is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors high school scholarships, farmers markets, community garage sales and other events.

The Jefferson Park Chamber founded the festival 17 years ago. The Chicago Park District and Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the event.

For sponsorship and vendor information, call Chicago Events at 773-868-3010.

Chamber membership information is available at jeffersonpark.net or by calling 773-736-6697.