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Riverfest serves up three generations of rock

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
April 10, 2008
— The Riverfest music festival will feature the 1960s harmonies of The Beach Boys and the post-grunge 21st century rock of Seether, a sure recipe for getting both young people and their grandparents to Riverside Park.

The Riverfest lineup also includes bands familiar to the parents of those young people: REO Speedwagon, Molly Hatchet and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.


Riverfest is July 10-13. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 28, at the Riverfest office, 520 E. Grand Ave., or online at www.beloitriverfest.com.


Seether’s hard rock opens Riverfest on Thursday, July 10. Seether’s 2005 album, “Karma and Effect” went platinum, and its latest effort, “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, is making waves on the charts.


REO Speedwagon returns to Riverfest on Friday, July 11. Fans will remember hits “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight this Feeling.”


Southern rockers Molly Hatchet and ’80s rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are scheduled for Saturday, July 12.


Molly Hatchet’s “Flirtin’ With Disaster” is among its hits that drive blues, rock and gospel into a southern groove.


Jett broke new ground for women in rock ‘n’ roll and might be remembered best for the anthem, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”


The smooth surfing sounds of the Beach Boys are scheduled for Sunday, July 13.


This version of the Beach Boys features two members of the band that most people remember: Mike Love, an original member and the lead singer, and bass player Bruce Johnston, who joined the band in 1965.



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