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Blues & Brews Fest

Featuring Live Blues & Local Brews

Sat, May 27th, 2023, 12:00pm

We are excited to announce The Forge Blues & Brews Fest! This event is only $5 for admission and includes live blues music all day from renowned artists, including Joanna Connor. Drink tickets will be available for pours from more than 15 featured Illinois breweries.


Park food & beverage, activities, and tastings are also available for purchase day of.


Sat, May 27th, 2023, 12:00pm
$5 (first 1,000 registrations)


12:00 pm – Doors open

12:00 pm – Live Music begins

2:00 pm – Matt Shukin & The Ramblers

4:00 pm – Live Music: Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio Performance

6:00 pm – Live Music: Joanna Connor

***Arrive early for prime parking and seating!***


Pollyanna, Metal Monkey, Black Horizon, One Allegiance, Tangled Roots, Ike and Oak, Bubblehouse, Hailstorm, Noon Whistle, Pig Minds Brewing, Luna Bay, Sketchbook, Eris, and even more!!


***Additional Breweries to be announced!***

***Breweries subject to change***


Matt Shukin - Shukin And The Ramblers

Matt Shukin & The Ramblers

Shukin and the Ramblers is the Rusty Roots Rock Revue you’ll have to see to believe. Influenced by the American sounds of the Chicago Blues, Classic Rn’B, Roots Country, a Funky dose of Gypsy Jazz and a Punk Rock edge, Matt, Dan, and Rob are a power trio with expansive song lists of original material and cover songs, providing a high-energy and engaging live show. From the past hundred years through the present, Shukin and the Ramblers cross many genres - keeping audiences thirsty for more.

Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill" Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and George Thorogood. He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.


Joanna Connor

National and International accolades in the press and radio media resulted into a decade of world tours, a dozen recordings on Ruf Records, MC Records and others, a documentary on Germany’s WDR Television, and a multitude of TV appearances and radio features. Joanna and her band share stages with Blues, Rock and Jazz greats, including Luther Allison, BB King, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray, Jimmy Page, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker, Etta James, and others.


***Additional performers to be announced!***

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