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Entertainment line-up announced for Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine

Apr 21, 2017 11:15AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 68th Annual Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine runs from June 20-25 in downtown Geneva and has an array of talent that offers something for every type of music fan at three different venues. 

“Bringing a mix of genres and styles to the festivals is always top of mind.  I believe everyone will be pleased with the line-up this year.  All our performers are first-timers to Central Stage,” noted Jean Gaines, President of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.  

Just try not to sing along and dance when Boy Band Night performs Tuesday evening at 8 pm.   Paying homage to everything that is boy bands, covering N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids, Boyz 2 Men, One Direction and more!

Wednesday evening’s Central Stage entertainment will begin at 5:30 pm as the Swedish American Children’s Choir takes the stage to perform songs from Sweden with sweet sounding voices. The group is Illinois’ largest Swedish Children’s Chorus for ages 5-14. At 6:30 pm the semifinalists from “Geneva’s Got Talent” will perform.  Stick around after for Rosie & The Rivets.  Performing the best music of the 50s and 60s.  This is not your typical bunch of oldies playing oldies.

At 8 pm on Thursday we welcome 1976, as they take you back to a decade that changed rock music forever.  Featuring male & female vocals, two outstanding guitarists and a blistering rhythm section these six outstanding musicians authentically recreate all your favorites by bands & musicians from that era. 

Friday night opens with South Shore Drill team.  You’ve seen their unique marching style in our parade, now experience their talents on the stage.  Next up are guys who have shared the stage with numerous music legends, including but not limited to, Whitesnake, The Romantics, Poison, Drivin’n’Cryin’, Hootie and The Blowfish, White Lion, The Smithereens, Edwin McCain, and many others.  The Breakfast Club is the longest running, most recognized ’80’s tribute band in the United States. Formed in 1993, the group was the first of its kind. This is real hair, real 1980s clothes, real vocals, and real musical talent. The Breakfast Club is the real deal, performing live ‘80’s pop.

Saturday don’t miss “Geneva’s Got Talent” finalists, starting at 6:00 pm.  The Saturday evening entertainment continues at 8 pm when for the first time at Swedish Days, The Four C Notes take the stage.  Having appeared throughout the United States, The Four C Notes are quickly becoming the country's premier Frankie Valli tribute and they're not to be missed!  Four guys, smart choreography, and headliner John Michael Coppola’s performances with Jersey Boys musical, give The Four C Notes an authenticity to their performance that similar tribute groups simply cannot match…ANYWHERE!

If you have some time around lunch, don’t miss “Concerts on the Lawn”.  This ever popular midday musical event is held 1-3 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The line-up includes the talents of Austin Chione, Dennis O’Brien, The Reserve and The Thompson Duo.

Saturday and Sunday get your Swede on as singers, dancers and musicians perform at Sweden Väst.

All evening concerts will be held at the Central Stage and Concerts on the Lawn are during the day in front of the courthouse.  Both venues are on S. Third & James St.  Sweden Väst entertainment takes place on the corner of S. Fourth & State streets.

Central Stage is presented by Gerald Auto Group and co-sponsored byGeneva Park District, Inland Bank and Kane County Chronicle.

Festival brochures will be available in May at the Geneva Chamber office (8 S. Third St., Geneva), many shops/restaurants around town or visit our website at for more details.