GENEVA - Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 64th Annual Swedish Days Festival, presented by Cadence Health, is set for June 18-23 in downtown Geneva, and the musical lineup is set and gearing up.
“We’ve brought back some favorites and invited some special newcomers to continue our tradition of quality entertainers for all types of music lovers,” noted Jean Gaines, president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. “The Central Stage line up this year is once again great--everyone will get a chance to enjoy different types of musical entertainment throughout the week.”
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday June 18, the festival kicks off with 7th Heaven, offering up Irish-fueled renditions of Def Leppard, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey and U2.
Wednesday, June 19, the evening’s Central Stage entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. as the Swedish American Children’s Choir takes the stage. The group is Illinois’ largest Swedish Children’s Chorus for ages 5-14. At 6:30 p.m. the semifinalists from “Geneva’s Got Talent” will perform, and audience members can applaud their favorites and send them to the Saturday night finals, by voting on Facebook. (Search for Geneva, IL – Chamber & Tourism and look for the Swedish Days presented by Cadence Health logo.) Former American Idol contestant, Nick Lynch performs with Silversmith at 8 p.m.
The evening of Thursday, June 20 begins at 6 p.m. with State Street Dance Studio State Street Dance presenting excerpts from An Evening at the Paris Cabaret and Don Quixote. At 7:30 p.m. Libido Funk Circus comes to town, offering a mix of favorite Disco hits, dance and rock songs.
Central Stage starts rocking at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21, with the winner of the Geneva Park District’s “Battle of the Bands” contest. Final Say takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. with vibrant, youthful energy and an extensive repertoire of songs that range from the latest Top 40 hits to classics.
Saturday, June 22 attendees shouldn't miss “Geneva’s Got Talent” finalists, starting at 6:30 p.m. to see who takes home the $1,000 cash prize. The Saturday evening entertainment continues at 8 p.m. with The Moods, a four-man singing group performing Motown, blues, pop, jazz, doo-wop and rock n’ roll.
“Concerts on the Lawn” offers a midday musical event from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The line-up includes the talents of Lindsey O’Brien, Blind Roosevelts, Majors Junction and Dennis O’Brien.
Saturday and Sunday June 22 and 23, get your Swede on at Sweden Väst. Opening the day, The Swedish American Children’s Choir will engage the young and young at heart with their songs. In the afternoon, experience the variety of the all-male Chicago Swedish Glee Club. Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago will showcase their talent and encourage audience participation as Saturday comes to a close. Sunday kicks off with Chicago Spelmanslag, a Scandinavian Folk Band.
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 N. Fourth & State streets.