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SUMMER FUN | Living Colour to Perform July 3rd at Naperville Ribfest


Naperville Ribfest 2019 co-chairs Sandy Rocush and Pete Paulsen have confirmed that Living Colour will perform as a supporting act for Billy Idol July 3rd.

Living Colour’s first appearance at Ribfest is a must-hear for music fans, says co-chair Sandy Rocush. “Their sound is influenced by heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip hop, punk, and alternative rock, and their lyrics are complex and compelling.” Vernon Reid, the group’s founder, Pete Paulsen offers, is “acknowledged as one of the most creative guitarists in modern rock.”

About Living Colour

For more than thirty years, the members of Living Colour have created, recorded and performed their own brand of heavy rock that draws as much inspiration from yesteryear soul men and rock gods as they do from post-bop jazz and boulevard shaking hip-hop. Founded by guitarist Vernon Reid back when he was still a dreadlocked sideman with Ronald Shannon Jackson and other East Village noise ensembles, Living Colour includes vocalist Corey Glover, drummer Will Calhoun and bassist Doug Wimbish.

Vernon Reid, the group’s founder and guitarist, muses, “To me, there seems to be a shadow cast across our collective lives. We can either allow it to oppress us or we can shine a light on it,” concludes Reid. “‘Shade’, our album released in 2018, is the sound of a band coming to terms with the shadows and shining a light by using the blues as a mirror.”

This year’s lineup for Ribfest 2019 on the Navistar Main Stage includes Billy Idol - Living Colour July 3rd, Flo Rida with fireworks by Meijer July 4th, and Brantley Gilbert July 5th. The July 6th headliner will be announced soon. Tickets are available at This year’s grand sponsors include ABC7 Chicago, Navistar, Meijer, Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, Jewel- Osco, Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks, Pella, Gnarly Head, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Guaranteed Rate, Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Euclid Beverage, D&J Amusements, Jeep, RAM, 95.9 The River and Groot Industries.

About Exchange Club of Naperville and Ribfest

Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national program—the Prevention of Child Abuse. Exchange Club of Naperville chartered in 1987. Mission-driven and volunteer run, Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest is a premier Midwestern 4th of July concert series and celebration. Ribfest, in its 32nd year, now draws more than 150,000 visitors annually. Net proceeds from Ribfest directly support 50+ agencies that work tirelessly to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence in all forms. To date, Exchange has donated over $17.5 million to these agencies. ▪ Instagram @napervilleribfest ▪ Twitter @NaperRibfest




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