Monday, April 1, 2013

Petunia Festival 2013 Announcements -- Spin Doctors to Headline

The board of directors of the Dixon Petunia Festival is pleased to announce the 49th annual Dixon Petunia Festival.  The festival has earned the reputation of the finest local festival in the area and we are pleased to announce the major acts and activities for this year’s festival.  The dates of the festival will run from July 3rd until July 7th.

Dixon Petunia Festival Board
                The Dixon Petunia Festival is a Non-Profit organization with an all-volunteer board.

Continuing Partnership
                We are pleased to announce that the Petunia Festival has partnered up with Dixon Main Street again this year to work on festival activities together.  The two groups share a common bond of promoting the city through similar activities so it made sense to both organizations to continue in this partnership.  Josh Albrecht and his team have joined us to put together a festival that will provide a great time for all citizens of the area.

New This Year
                We are pleased to announce that we are moving the entertainment and food venues from the previous location in the page park area to the downtown area along the Heritage Riverfront.  The festival will be held in an area on River Road between Peoria and Galena and on Hennepin from First Street to River Road.  We will be featuring a main entertainment stage across River Road near the Dixon Tourism building and will have a tent set up on River Road for seating.  Also new this year is the Peoria Street Bridge will be closed after the parade until after the fireworks.  This will provide easy access between the downtown and the carnival area and will also create a new spot to watch fireworks.  The reasons for this change are many:
·         The success of the Mumford and Sons tour proved that the downtown venue can work and in fact we received a lot of feedback stating that we should look to do something similar
·         One of the challenges in the past couple of years of the festival has been the comment that people would prefer not to pay the festival admission charge to just attend the carnival.  The carnival will remain at its current location in front of the High School and will not be part of this year’s admission charge.
·         Our continuing partnership with Dixon Main Street which has allowed us to work with the downtown vendors to put the riverfront venue together.

                The Petunia Festival prides itself on having the best entertainment in the area and in 2013 we have done it again. 

Wednesday Night July 3rd we will kick off the entertainment with our Country Concert on the new river front stage with “Back Country Roads” opening for “Brushfire”. Brushfire is burning up the country music scene as they are fresh off of their victory at the BATTLE FOR THE SADDLE at Nashville, Tennessee’s legendary Wildhorse Salon in early 2012. Out of the over 300 national bands that entered, Brushfire was dubbed the champ. Since that time they have shared the stage with many country music legends as they continue to make a name for themselves.  For more info go to

 Thursday July 4th the stage will be rocking from noon to midnight with a wide variety of musicians including the “Woodlawn Academy bands”, “Tristan Bush”, “Burn N’ Bush” during the day. At night, the stage will feature local blues/rock band “Robbie LeBlanc and the Real Live Show”.
 Headlining the Fourth of July will be “Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo.”  Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo received "first round Grammy nominations in 2011 for “Blues Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist” they’ve been skyrocketing towards a nationwide breakout. They also had the distinct pleasure of being named WAMI Blues Artist of the Year (2012). A Madison Favorite the last four years as voted on by Isthmus Newspaper readers and taking home 6 MAMA awards in 2010 & 2011 including the coveted Artist of the Year has been a testament to the bands success in a very short period of time. Their debut full length album “It Ain’t Easy,” (Won Blues/Rock Album of the Year 2010- Real Blues Magazine). For more information, go to

Friday night we are proud to have Dixon’s own “Gina Venier and the Gentlemen” taking the stage. Fresh off her winning the Bar 1 Big Break competition in Chicago last year, Gina has been playing her "blue-eyed soulful pop music" throughout the Chicagoland. More info available at
Friday night finishes up with crowd favorite "Dot Dot Dot". They have been rocking the Chicago area since 2007. "The co-ed quintet may be familiar to some as finalists on FOX TV’s “American Idol” spin-off show, “The Next Great American Band,” during its 2007 season. High-profile shows have followed, including appearances at the Sundance Film Festival, a VH1 Save the Music benefit, events for WGN, T-Mobile, Victoria’s Secret, Wrigley, and an invite to perform at President Obama’s 2010 “Moving America Forward” rally in Chicago." More info at their website

Saturday will be another full day of live music with a little something for everyone.  Artist that day include great local talent with “Acoustic Circus”, “Trippin Molly”, and the “Noyz Boyz”.
Headlining on Saturday night is famed  alternative/blues legends the “Spin Doctors”.
The Spin Doctors first burst onto the scene in 1991 with the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite which would eventually go triple platinum and had breached the Top Five among Billboard Pop Albums while spinning off two major hit singles: "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and the No. 1 Rock radio song of 1993, "Two Princes." Ultimately, Pocket Full Of Kryptonite sold over five million copies in the US and another five million overseas.
Recently, the Spin Doctors announced the upcoming release of their latest album "If the River Was Wiskey". According to their website, it is "the blues album the band was always meant to make, and their confidence shows, as they give the songs lots of room to breath and let the tracks come alive via the road-tested musicianship of Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass). With no overdubs, irreverent lyrics, soulful drums and guitar licks that are on fire, ‘If The River Was Whisky' captures lightning in a bottle and further cements Spin Doctors' reputation as a live act to be reckoned with. Perhaps Schenkman puts it best: "we've been playing together for 25 years & we're all badasses!" Listen to streaming samples, here:"
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Sunday afternoon we kick off with festival favorites  “Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers” followed up by “South of Disorder” a Jimmy Buffett tribute band from suburban Chicago that is sure to please Parrot Heads and festival goers of all ages. The group boasts an 11-piece band that will entertain the crowds up until we raffle off the Harley and light the fireworks!

Wednesday, July 3
9:30 - 11:30
Back Country Roads

Thursday, July 4
9:30- 11:30
Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
6:30 - 8:30
Robbie LeBlanc & the Real Live Show
2:00 - 6:00
Burn N Bush and Tristian Bushman
12:00 - 1:30
Woodlawn Academy Bands

Friday, July 5
9:30- 11:30
Dot Dot Dot
6:30 - 8:30
Gina Venier and the Gentlemen

Saturday, July 6
9:30 - 11:30
Spin Doctors
6:30 - 8:30
Noyz Boyz
3:30 - 5:30
Trippin Molly
12:00 - 2:30
Acoustic Circus

Sunday, July 7
6:00 - 9:00
South of Disorder
3:00 - 5:00
Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers

Taste at the Petunia Festival
                This year an effort has been made to bring  more local food vendors to the Taste Trail at the Petunia Festival .  Many familiar local food vendors will be joining us at the Riverfront area.  Vendors will be featured throughout the grounds.

Returning Favorites
                Many favorite events are returning to the festival this year.  Those include the North American Midway Entertainment Carnival with great rides for all ages, the area’s best Fireworks display, the 14th Reagan 5K run, the men’s garden club annual pancake breakfast, the 7th annual Petunia Festival bags tournament, Elks Lodge poker tournament, the annual patriotic municipal band concert on the court house lawn, the community Church service, the Elks fishing derby, Art Show, and much more!  Also bingo will be back but will be at a new location, the Dixon Elks Lodge.  This venue offers climate control and more accessible parking.

Family Fun
                This year the festival offers lots of family fun where there will be family fun activities and on Sunday, July 7 a free admission day to the riverfront festival area with bands playing on the main stage, great food and of course for the grand finale of the festival - the area’s best fireworks display.

                A new family event will be the Brush, Bloom, and Boom painting competition for all ages in downtown Dixon. The event will use First Street as the canvas as budding artists will help us decorate the downtown for the Petunia Festival. On Thursday, July 4 starting at Noon, artists will paint 4 foot by 4 foot squares. Winners will be announced with prizes of Carnival wristbands and downtown gift certificates. Registration is just $10 per square. Open to all ages!

                The parade keeps getting bigger and better and this year will be no different and will be held on July 7th.  This year’s theme is “Looking fine for 49”.  There will be plenty of floats and music to satisfy all parade goers.

                One lucky winner will choose a 2013 Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary Special Limited Edition Super Glide Customer or $10,000 in cash.   Only 3500 tickets will be sold. Get tickets at the Dixon Main Street office or calling (888)441-7851, or visit us on the web at Ticket prices for this fundraiser are as follows: 1 for $20, 3 for $50 and 7 for $100. The drawing will be held on Sunday night, July 7, 2013, at the Main Stage on the festival grounds at approximately 8:00 p.m. See the Harley on display before the festival at Ace Hardware in Dixon on the weekends and during the festival at numerous events and at the Riverfront. You can also visit the website for more pictures and complete details on the fundraiser.
Costs and More Info
                For all this entertainment and access to the festival grounds the cost is $5.00 for each day or $12.00 for all four days admission is charged.  For other ticket info and cost and for everything else petunia please go to

                The Petunia Festival does not exist without the help of many hardworking volunteers.  Each year the festival only runs well because of these folks and we need your help.  Please consider giving four hours during the festival week to help out.  Go to our website or call 815-284-3361.

                The Petunia Festival is once again proud of all the companies who have signed up to be sponsors of the festival.  As with the volunteers we would not exist without their support.  There is still an opportunity to become a festival sponsor so contact us if interested.  We urge all festival goers to recognize and support our sponsors.

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