Hoffman Estates trustees have approved a $35,000 contract for the internationally known rock band Smash Mouth to perform as the headline act at Northwest Fourth Fest on Saturday, July 5.
The San Jose, Calif. band, whose songs include such late '90s hits as "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star," will receive the majority of the $50,000 budgeted for main stage entertainment -- which includes seven other acts over three days.
Smash Mouth also will receive $600 for transportation costs, but the band's accommodations will not be paid for by the village.
The total cost of the four day Northwest Fourth Fest -- located at Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre Arena -- is budgeted at $219,730.
The village will be reimbursed $10,000 by Hanover Township toward the $35,000 cost of the July 4 fireworks, Deputy Village Manager Dan O'Malley said. Other revenues generated during the event also will be put toward recovering some costs, though attendance for the musical performances is free.
The headlining act of Northwest Fourth Fest typically performs on a different night than the fireworks display, which is considered a big enough draw on its own, officials said.
Earlier this year, Elgin and Hanover Park announced they were bowing out of partnering with Hoffman Estates on the 2014 festival, due to financial pressures of their own.
Their financial contribution went entirely toward sharing the cost of fireworks, and the two nearby municipalities also contributed staffing for the event, O'Malley said. Hoffman Estates is looking at ways of making up for their lost contribution of personnel.
Northwest Fourth Fest will kick off Thursday, July 3. The band Heartache Tonight will be the only main stage act on opening night, performing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with a break in between.
On Friday, July 4, Jump Taxi will play from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Brian Lavender from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Kashmir from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Modern Day Romeos from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with a break for the fireworks.
On Saturday, July 5, North By Northwest will perform from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Mike & Joe from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Smash Mouth from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
There won't be any musical acts on Sunday, July 6, though the Northwest Fourth Fest carnival will continue.
More information about the festival is expected to be posted later this month at northwestfourthfest.com.