Editor's note: The Daily Herald asked Tim Rater, president and CEO of the RiverEdge Park, to give us a glimpse of the outdoor venue's second season and its summer entertainment lineup. Here's what he had to say about the upcoming concerts and events.
By Tim Rater
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If you goWhat: RiverEdge Park
Where: 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora
Upcoming shows: Jennifer Nettles, Roots Aurora
Info: (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com
RiverEdge Park debuted last summer, attracted more than 100,000 people to Aurora in its first season, and instantly became a popular addition to the short list of outdoor entertainment venues in the Chicago area.
Anyone who checked out RiverEdge during the inaugural season knows it is clean, beautiful and staffed with friendly people; boasts great concessions, state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics; and is easy to get to. We like to think of RiverEdge as a summer playground for the entire community.
In season two, we are welcoming thousands more visitors who are discovering what RiverEdge Park offers. Because there's nothing quite like experiencing a nationally known act like Lady Antebellum or meeting your friends and neighbors at a community festival in such an attractive and accommodating venue.
Please join us. You'll see what I mean.
• Jennifer Nettles: That Girl Tour, with Brandy Clark and the Indigo Girls; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Tickets: $40
Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for Sugarland, has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today. Since Sugarland exploded onto the music scene in 2004, the band has earned worldwide sales of more than $22 million (albums and singles), eight No. 1 singles and awards from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards.
Nettles has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting and, in 2008, received a Grammy Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged, platinum-selling No. 1 hit "Stay."
• Roots Aurora: Family Focus, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. Tickets: $3, $1 for those who wear cultural clothing; available at the gate on the day of the festival.
Roots Aurora celebrates the many cultures that represent the city. A multicultural festival of dancing, music, art and food, Roots Aurora offers the opportunity to experience a sampling of the rich heritage of Aurora residents from around the globe.
RiverEdge Park is at 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. For event details or tickets, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.