JOLIET – Styx will be the headline band for the opening night of Taste of Joliet, the Joliet Park District announced Thursday.
Styx – the band from Chicago that rose to top-hit status in the 1970s and early 1980s with songs that included “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Blue Collar Man” – will perform June 24 during the Taste, which runs June 24 to 26.
The announcement was the first for bands playing at Taste this summer.
“We’ve had good response,” park district spokesman Brad Staab said a couple of hours after the announcement was made. “We’ve already sold a lot of front-section seats. We’ve been getting calls.”
Styx fits in with the Taste of Joliet theme of putting classic rock bands on stage on Friday night, the opening evening of the event. Other headline bands for opening night in past years have been REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick.
Staab said he hopes to have an announcement in February for the headline act on Saturday, which is country music night at Taste.
The park district also announced prices for the concert. Front-section tickets are $40, which includes admission to the festival and a reserved section directly in front of the stage. General-admission tickets are $10 online and $15 the day of the show.
Prices are the same as last year, Staab noted.
Information about tickets and the festival can be found at www.tasteofjoliet.com or by calling 815-741-7275.
This will be the 11th Taste of Joliet since the event was revived in 2006. Taste of Joliet is held at Memorial Stadium.
In 2015, the event posted its highest single-day attendance record when 22,000 people came Saturday for a country lineup that included Parmalee and Big & Rich.