Tribute bands to rock Last Fling's final day
Labor Day will be tribute band day at the Last Fling festival in Naperville.
Three tribute bands covering popular rock artists and one group of kid musicians playing songs from several decades will perform free shows on the festival's main stage throughout Monday, Sept. 7.
The music begins at 10 a.m. with LiveWire, a quartet of kids ages 10 to 12, and performers also include Axis, a Jimi Hendrix cover band; Tumbling Dice, a Rolling Stones tribute act; and In the Flesh, covering Pink Floyd.
Naperville Jaycees member Danielle Tufano said the cover band showcase will help the Last Fling mark its 50th anniversary on the final day of this year's festival, which opens Sept. 4.
"We're celebrating 50 years of the Last Fling, so we want to look back at some of the great music over some of the last 20, 30, 40, 50 years," Tufano said. "And we thought what better way to do that than to do a tribute day on the main stage."
The main stage, 440 Aurora Ave. at the base of Rotary Hill, will host an after party for the Last Fling's running events, the Fling Mile, Rooster 5K and Fling Challenge, before the Monday music starts.
At 9:45 a.m., organizers will honor winners of each of the races and welcome to the stage 5K participant Toma Dobrosavljevic of Bloomingdale, the most recent winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" weight-loss TV show.
Once Dobrosavljevic speaks about his journey to a healthier life, it will be time to rock with LiveWire, which will play songs by Green Day, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and other popular influences.
"We've had LiveWire at the Last Fling previously, and they've always been such a big hit," Tufano said. "It's so amazing to see kids that are so young, love music so much and have such a passion for music be able to rock out to music from the '70s and '80s."
Next up will be Jimi Hendrix tunes played by the cover band Axis at noon. Tumbling Dice will perform a set of Rolling Stones songs starting at 1:45 p.m., and In the Flesh will wrap up the day with its Pink Floyd show at 3 p.m.
Jaycees found these bands through a new online application process that Tufano said was successful.
"Our initial plan was to have all national acts on the main stage," she said. "But we saw so many wonderfully talented acts submit for the entertainment stage this year, that we decided to pull some over to the main stage to really highlight their talents.'