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RIBFEST 2022 | Toby Keith to Headline Ribfest Opening Night, June 17 In Wheaton


WHEATON–Toby Keith, country hit-maker and Ribfest fan favorite, will help welcome Ribfest back, bringing his extensive collection of hits and renowned stage presence to the Ribfest stage at the DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL on Friday, June 17, 2022 for CITGO Day. “We’re thrilled to open the fest with Toby Keith,” says Bev Schafman, chair for 2022 Ribfest, “When Toby performed at Ribfest in 2017, we had one of our biggest crowds ever. It was a great night. What better way to welcome Ribfest to our new home than with a genuine superstar like Toby Keith!” Ribfest from the Exchange Club of Naperville is returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID 19 cancellations.

About Toby Keith

Keith is one of the modern era's most complete self-directed hit makers and has been for nearly 30 years since he burst onto the country music scene. In 2021, he was bestowed the National Medal of Arts to honor his artistic achievements and contributions to the arts and culture of America. He also celebrated 2021 by releasing Peso in My Pocket, his first album release in over 5 years. In 2018, he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut No. 1 single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” with the re-release of his debut album (remastered with the addition of three vault tracks). From the moment that song was released and shot up the charts to become his first No. 1, the engine driving everything has been the music.

Toby has sold more than 40 million albums and has 32 #1 hit singles. He wrote a #1hit every year for 20 straight years, but may be best remembered among many fans for his unexpected hit and country music viral sensation, "Red Solo Cup." The video for this song has received more than 60 million views and was named ACM Video of the Year. In 2018. Keith also released a new song, “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which was inspired by a conversation he had with Clint Eastwood and was later featured in Eastwood’s movie, “The Mule.” In 2015, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City. With more than 10 billion streams and numerous performances, he is back on the road in 2022 touring throughout the country and performing at many outdoor shows and festivals.

About Ribfest

Ribfest is the major fundraiser hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville to help fight child abuse and domestic violence, while strengthening families in our local communities. As a result of these fundraising efforts, in Ribfest’s 32 years, over $18 million has been contributed back to our local communities in support of these causes. The Club extends its appreciation to the 2022 Ribfest Grand Sponsors: ABC7 Chicago, Astound Broadband Powered by RCN, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, CITGO, Fantasy Amusements Co., Hollywood Casino Aurora, Jewel Osco and Meijer. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities as well as detailed event information can be found at Follow Ribfest on social media for updated information, and additional upcoming artist announcements and ticket on-sales.

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