It's Time to Play Guitar Music Festival to Set Tone for Mundelein Pride Week

By Lissau, Russell | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 5, 2001 | Go to article overview

It's Time to Play Guitar Music Festival to Set Tone for Mundelein Pride Week


Lissau, Russell, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Russell Lissau Daily Herald Staff Writer

No doubt about it: Lake County loves to rock 'n' roll.

Organizers of last year's inaugural Mundelein Guitar Festival were so pleased with the community's reaction to the celebration, they added a second day of music to this year's bash.

They also are bringing in several high-profile acts for the festival, which is set for Friday and Saturday at the Washburn International guitar factory and will benefit the Mundelein MainStreet downtown improvement group.

Among the performers on the bill are Chicago country-rockers the Waco Brothers, the legendary Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials and blue guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of blues great Lonnie Brooks.

"We have some names that will attract a little bit of attention," said Mundelein MainStreet Executive Director John Maguire.

The musical extravaganza surely will be one of the highlights of the eighth annual "Mundelein Pride Week and More" celebration, which is scheduled to run from today through Sept. 23.

Among the other Pride Week activities are Mundelein High School's homecoming parade and varsity football game on Sept. 14, a fall plant exchange on Sept. 15, Carmel High's homecoming game on Sept. 21 and a Sept. 23 bike ride.

But, first, there's the guitar festival.

When Washburn consolidated its Chicago-area facilities into a single building at 444 E. Courtland St. in Mundelein two summers ago, officials hoped the company would be interested in hosting occasional concerts.

Last year's guitar festival was the village's first such event, and it attracted about 1,000 music lovers from across the area - even though most of the acts weren't very well known.

By expanding the show to two days and attracting better-known musicians, organizers believe the sophomore effort will be even better. …

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