Toby Keith named headliner for Freedom & Dignity Music Festival in Schaumburg

Country music star Toby Keith will headline the first Freedom & Dignity Music Festival on Aug. 10 at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg, event organizers announced Monday.

The event will benefit Café Liberty, a Wheaton-based nonprofit that provides free culinary job training and placement for Chicago-area veterans in need.

"We're thrilled to have an artist of Toby Keith's stature as headliner for the inaugural Freedom & Dignity festival," Dan Gibbons, founder and executive director of Café Liberty and The Dan Gibbons Foundation, said in the announcement. "We're expecting more than 12,500 attendees for the 2019 event, which will support our efforts to provide free job training programs and improve the quality of veterans' lives in our local communities."

The supporting lineup for the fest will be announced Monday, April 15, organizers say.

Tickets go on sale to the public on April 19 at Prices will range from $50 to $150.

Named Billboard's Country Artist of the Decade for 2000-10, Keith has sold over 40 million albums and appeared on the country music charts more than 60 times during his career.

The Freedom & Dignity festival will be produced in partnership with Winfield-based Imagn Events and Media, a veteran-owned and operated events management company.

Café Liberty's culinary training program professionally trains veterans and adult members of their families for a career in the food service industry and assists in job placement upon graduation. Chef Cheryl Corrado, former executive chef at CHIC (Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago - Le Cordon Bleu) developed the curriculum and is lead instructor.

For more information and updates, visit the Freedom & Dignity event pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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