The musical journey through the "History of Rock" continues at the Naper Nights Community Concert Series, presented by Sikich, on Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets for Friday's concert are $10 adult/senior (13+) and $5 youth (ages 4-12). Saturday concerts are $15 adult/senior (13+) and $10 youth (ages 4-12). Under 4 years of age, Season Pass holders and Naperville Heritage Society members are free. No outside food or beverages are allowed. For more information, visit www.napernights.com or call (630) 420-6010.
On Friday night, return to the early days of heavy metal with Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show, and on Saturday, classic rock cover band ARRA brings back the rock music of the '80s.
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Frank Livingston formed Kashmir in 2001 to bring only the best of Led Zeppelin to a family-oriented event. The four-member band will perform a nonstop, two-hour show that includes Led Zeppelin's greatest hits complete with authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects.
Livingston, who performs the part of Jimmy Page, said, "Put yourself back in the '70s and relive it with us. Our show brings people together with a common interest -- it's like a Led Zeppelin convention."
Friday night's opening act is Red Woody, a band that will cover the music of several decades. Matt Miller, lead vocals, said their music will be a great fit for the History of Rock because their set list includes so many great rock songs from so many eras.
"What sets Red Woody apart from other cover bands is how we interact with the kids. There will definitely be some moments of rock star training," Miller said.
The six members of ARRA are returning to Naper Settlement to perform the classic rock hits from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Triumph, Boston, Kansas and Rush, to name a few. Some of the highlight songs will be "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, "Carry on My Wayward Son" by Kansas, "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi and "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Kevin Conner, vocals and lead guitar, said the music they're performing will truly live up to this year's theme, the History of Rock. "I believe our continuing success and popularity is that we play the greatest hits by the greatest bands of all time and play them with precision, passion and excellence."
Mick Jagger turns 70 on July 26, the day before Tumbling Dice, a Rolling Stones tribute band, takes to the Naper Nights stage to perform the Stones' greatest hits and some deep cuts, too. Mark Taylor, lead vocals and guitar for Tumbling Dice, said the audience can expect an ideal Rolling Stones concert and set list, for a lot cheaper than the Stones have been charging over the summer!
"We are very excited to be playing Naper Nights and feel honored to be part of it," Taylor said. "No matter who you are, where you live, or your taste in music, you know The Rolling Stones and their 50 years of hit music."
Throughout the two evenings, Q-BBQ is featuring a Taste of Naperville including brisket or pork sliders, a burnt ends plate and their signature Mac-Q-roni. Wente Family Vineyards, Naper Settlement's exclusive wine partner for 2013, will be offering six delicious wines. Euclid Beverage, an event sponsor, is providing the cold beer. Pepsi products and water also will be available for purchase.
Thanks to the generosity of Miller/Coors, taxi vouchers will be available for each concert evening. The vouchers have a $10 value good towards taxi fares with Flash Cab and 303 Taxi. Millers/Coors and Naper Settlement encourage everyone to plan ahead and drink responsibly.
During the intermissions, attendees will be encouraged to form teams and answer rock music trivia questions via live social media. Top teams will receive prizes and the winning team will qualify for the championship round of the Naper Nights History of Rock Trivia Challenge in August.