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Bigfoot Band Camp ... a music, arts and camping festival

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 4:20 p.m. CDT

MCNABB – Music, art and lots of fun will be the agenda at the third annual Bigfoot Band Camp on July 25-28 at the Putnam County Conservation area in rural McNabb.

More than 30 national, regional and local acts will be performing live on two stages throughout this four-day and three-night classic event. Producer of the event, Sean Dunn of Band Camp Productions wants people to know this is a family event.

“We have worked extremely hard to make this affordable for families,” said Dunn. “From the food to the camping to the entertainment and parking, there will be something for everyone. We will have local police, ambulance and weather-watchers on site to ensure security and safety for our event attendees.”

Dunn also wants the public to know there is a wide variety of music styles that will be featured at the concert.

“Festival-goers will see and hear rock, blues, country and western,” he said. “That is just the start of it. With two stages going, it will be non-stop entertainment.”

Dunn said Band Camp Productions, a concert and festival production company, has signed some of the biggest and most cutting edge performing artists to perform at this year’s event. Headlining acts will include Kashmir who performs “The Led Zeppelin Show.” Frank Livingston, as Jimmy Page, nails every aspect of this performance and sound in exact detail, he said.

The Voodoo Fix is a national rock-n-roll act from Los Angeles. The Voodoo Fix is scheduled on Friday night. For the rockabilly fans, The Krank Daddies will be performing. For the true blues fans, Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama will be on hand. As a youngster, Nick was a finalist in the Chicago Blues Guitar Sling Challenge in 2012 and the winner of the River City Blues society’s blues competition in Memphis, Tenn. Also from Chicago, who just finished playing at the Taste of Chicago and Milwaukee’s ‘Summerfest, is Overman, a high-demand festival band.

Another performer is Burlesque Le’Moustache. If you have seen the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” you will know Danielle, also known in the burlesque world as Dannie Diesel. She choreographs her very own burlesque troupe from the Quad Cities with her sister Molly Tov as emcee. They will be performing a new show on the main stage July 27.

Other bands signed to perform include Audiobon, Dogs of Fortune, Red Sulfur Springs, Machine Gun Moses and Tassel Bros. There will also be hoop/dance performers, yoga, interactive art, and of course, the Bigfoot himself. Acts are still being added to the performance list each day.

Food and merchandise vendors will also be present. Hennepin United Methodist Church will feature its fresh hand-popped kettle corn and the local competition BBQ team, Always Smokin Something, will be on hand. The McNabb Fire Department will again be attending to ensure public safety and providing water activities to keep everyone and the site hydrated.

The ILCHASE.org team will again be on site at the Bigfoot Band Camp making sure everyone attending the event is safe from weather threats. New this year, the ILCHASE team will be streaming live video of select performances to the Bigfoot Bandcamp website at www.bigfootbandcamp.com.

For more information on this mix of music, art and creativity, visit the website or the Facebook page or call 773-942-3220. Tickets are on sale through Rudy’s Liquors in LaSalle and also online at the website. Gates will open on July 25 at 5 p.m., and the event ends on July 28 at 11 a.m.

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