Music is just as much a part of DeKalb’s annual Corn Fest as the sweet corn. Attendees at the three-day festival can see an assortment of bands on the soundstage at Third and Locust streets this weekend. The following is a rundown of bands performing and times they can be seen.
The Relics – 5:30 p.m.
The Relics is a local band of veteran musicians who grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. They love this music and love playing. Their objective is to “keep the party goin,’” and play tunes that most bands pass over. www.therelicsdekalb.com
AudioDrive – 7 p.m.
AudioDrive is a powerful rock act that covers Journey, Bon Jovi, Def leppard, Van Halen, Firehouse, Starship, Whitesnake and many more great bands from the era. www.audiodriverocks.com
Back Country Roads – 9:30 p.m.
BCR is one of the Midwest’s freshest country bands. Comprised of seven musicians, the band brings the big sounds of Nashville home to the Midwest. They have opened for national acts such as Phil Vassar, David Lee Murphy, Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence and Danny Gokey. www.backcountryroadsband.com
The Menagerie – Noon
The Menagerie includes former Sycamore High School students. The band mostly performs classic rock, and members have performed at many local events.
The Rockinghams – 1:30 p.m.
The Rockinghams perform many 1960s hits, near misses and forgotten gems with the harmonies, arrangements and energy that are part of these classic songs. Add to that vintage instruments, mod outfits and a genuine love and feel for the music. www.rockinghamsixties.com
Destination Unknown – 3 p.m.
Destination Unknown is a local band that plays hot new country, old country classics and alternative favorites. The band started as a duo several years ago. It recently became a full band with the addition of a bassist, drummer and lead guitarist.
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts - 5 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Miles Nielsen was born in Rockford. He’s been writing songs for as long as he can remember. Thirteen years spent playing bars, clubs and theaters has seen him perform as a vocalist and lead guitarist in many Midwest bands. His influences include Tom Waits, The Beatles, Otis Redding and his father Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. www.milesnielsen.com
CoverGurl – 7 p.m.
CoverGurl is a four-piece powerhouse band that plays the best party rock by artists ranging from classic rock’s Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith to current rock’s Fallout Boy and Kings Of Leon. They even perform pop hits from artists such as Lady GaGa and Black Eyed Peas. www.covergurlrocks.com
Hi-Infidelity – 9 p.m.
Hi-Infidelity is a cover band from the Chicago area, playing music of all types, but mostly from the ‘80s rock period – Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi and Boston to name a few. They also are playing new music from Daughtry, Nickelback and Buckcherry. www.hiinfidelity.com
Southern Charm – Noon
Southern Charm is a high-energy country band. Formed in November 2010, Southern Charm has been turning heads in the stateline area. Their dynamic live performances complement their fun and bigger-than-life personalities. The band plays both modern country hits as well as all-time favorites. www.thesoutherncharmband.com
Dirt Road Rockers – 1:30 p.m.
Dirt Road Rockers is a five-piece band from the Quad Cities. They play country, rockin’ country, rock and anything with high energy. The band mixes musicianship, showmanship and fun together to put on a great show.
Adam Craig Band – 3 p.m.
The Adam Craig Band has traveled the country sharing its fresh new sound. The band has opened for such acts as Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, as well as headlined its own shows. Leader Adam Craig has had success with songs he has written for multi-platinum artists, such as Jason Aldean. www.adamcraigband.com
Josh Thompson – 4:30 p.m.
Shortly after Josh Thompson arrived in Nashville in 2005, he quickly began to establish himself as a singer/songwriter on the rise in the country music scene. With song titles like “Beer on the Table,” “Cold Beer with your Name on It,” “Way Out Here” and “Blame it on Waylone,” it’s clear that his music reflects his blue-collar roots. www.joshthompsonofficial.com