Country artist Randy Houser joins July 5 Ribfest lineup

  • Country artist Randy Houser is scheduled to open for July 5 headliner Brantley Gilbert during Ribfest 2019 in Naperville.

    Country artist Randy Houser is scheduled to open for July 5 headliner Brantley Gilbert during Ribfest 2019 in Naperville. Courtesy of Ribfest

 
 
Updated 4/30/2019 4:28 PM

Country artist Randy Houser has been added to the July 5 lineup for Ribfest 2019, joining headliner Brantley Gilbert during the Exchange Club of Naperville's "Last Nights at Knoch."

Known for his rich, inimitable voice, Houser has topped the charts with songs such as "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Goodnight Kiss" and "Like a Cowboy," all from his 2013 album, "How Country Feels." He scored a fourth No. 1 hit with "We Went," featured on his 2016 album, "Fired Up," and returned to his roots with his recently released fifth album, "Magnolia."

 

Houser will open for Gilbert, a country singer from Georgia, on the Navistar Main Stage on the third day of the Fourth of July festival. Tickets starting at $35 are on sale at ribfest.net.

"They're both outstanding entertainers who will bring a ton of fun and a lot of hit country music to Ribfest this year," Ribfest co-chairman Pete Paulsen said. "We have one more country music act to announce next week, and this day is set for success."

This year's Ribfest performers also include Billy Idol with opening act Living Colour on July 3, and Flo Rida with a fireworks display on July 4. A July 6 headliner is expected to be announced soon.

This summer's festival will be the final Ribfest held at Knoch Park, 724 S. West St. Because of planned improvements to the downtown-area park, organizers were informed last summer they must find a new site for 2020 and beyond.

Exchange Club leaders say they're in final discussions over relocating the fest to Romeoville next year, though nothing has been set in stone.

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