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Official home of Peoria's Grand Nationals Weekend



Main Stage


Hairball




A Rock & Roll Experience that pays homage to arena rock of the 80s including Van Halen, Motley Crue, Queen, Aerosmith and many more!




Lexi Parr & The Ruby Blonde Band


Led by the powerful, soulful, roof-raising voice of Nashville recording artist, Lexi Parr, The RubyBlonde Band serves up electrified, soulful, tasty, country-styled rock and roll to the masses in only the way they can. Lexi evokes shades of Janice and Etta, can rip the roof off and bring audiences to tears with her sultry siren song. Currently recording their debut album, “Dead Man Walking” Lexi and the band are playing all over the midwest, drawing crowds, and preaching musical deliciousness to the good people. Backed by a kick ass, foot stomping, hands in the air, rhythm section Lexi and TRBB are consumate musical story tellers, and are best known for their live shows. Now booking shows for 2016/2017, please contact Roger Anderson for information.



Comatose Catfish


Comatose Catfish is one of Central Illinois' most versatile LIVE bands! They have been together for ten years and are still going strong. Playing a wide variety of music from Country to Rock, from Blues to Bluegrass and anywhere in between. They have just as much fun onstage as the fans in the crowd! All members of the band sing lead, harmonies, and play multiple instruments - even some homemade ones! They love what they do and they let it show. So come on out and see them and join in on the fun.

Band Members: Joe Woodrum "Little Trucker Joe" - Lead Vocals, Acoustic guitar Doyle Cawley "Grandpa Cawley" - Bass guitar, Mandolin Joe Sweckard "Stumpy Joe" - Drums, Stand-Up WashTub Bass, Vocals Mike Stechman "Fester" - Electric Washboard, Stumpf Fiddle, Vocals Russell Thames "Cooter" - Lead guitar, Acoustic guitar, Vocals Steve Valentine "Cousin Val" - Harmonica, Harmonies





Landing Stage



Whiskey’s Gone (A Tribute to Zac Brown Band)




The music of Zac Brown Band brought to you by some of the Midwest’s best! Whiskey’s Gone is raising the bar for tribute bands in musicality and showmanship to create an experience to remember. Calling Peoria, IL their home, Whiskey’s Gone is hitting the ground running in 2016. They are playing the area’s most popular venues and festivals and will continue to gain momentum with every appearance.


ZZ Tripp (A Tribute to ZZ Top)




A phenomenal 3 piece band with that Texas Boogie groove, authentic with real beards, sharp dressed clothes, ZZ’s stage moves, props, and first class musicianship. This stunning show delivers the magic of a live ZZ Top performance in their early years. The songs are structured like their studio work, but with some of ZZ Top’s signature live elements added in. A 2-hour spectacular of classic hits, spanning over 40 Years of ZZ Top’s greatest songs, as well as some of their obscure songs that should have been hits. ZZ Tripp is more than just a performance, it is an act, an illusion, a locomotive roaring down the track, a show that’s guaranteed to have everyone grooving, boogieing, singing and dancing in the isles – consisting of veteran musicians: Brad Alan playing Billy Gibbons on guitar, Dan Kress playing Dusty Hill on bass, and Tom Summerlin playing Frank Beard on drums.


THE PEO-TAZ A.B.A.T.E. PARTY TENT STAGE

Grand Nationals Weekend Party Tent Stage is the ideal place to hear great local tunes while you grab an ice cold beer or a world famous 1/2 lb butterfly pork chop from the PEO-TAZ A.B.A.T.E. food court while you sit in the shade.

Dressed To Kill (A Tribute to KISS)



In the world of tribute bands, few bands have as devoted a following as KISS. With nearly 10 years of experience, we have played some of the biggest stages in the Midwest putting on one the most authentic KISS tribute act. Armed with full makeup, costumes, and staging reminiscent to KISS themselves. We pride ourselves in keeping classic KISS alive while also bridging the gap with the new generation of fans. Close your eyes, fasten your seat belts, were heading to DETROIT ROCK CITY! with DRESSED TO KILL SHOW, AMERICAS PREMIERE KISS TRIBUTE BAND!

Jason Gibbs as Ace Frehley, John Marc Everly as Gene Simmons, Kevin Gray as Paul Stanley, and Jayson Alt as Peter Criss

The Fourmula




The Fourmula is an all original five piece roots rock band from central Illinois. Their roots and blues infused rock is sure to please. A newer band on the scene, comprised of seasoned musicians from the Midwest. Bob Kelly on drums and vocals, Aaron miller on bass guitar and vocals, Erich Wildeman on guitar and Chris Nix on keyboards and Harmonica. Together they combine the roots of blues and soul with a unique sense of originality and musicianship to bring their own style of blues to an audience near you.

The Robert Brown Band



American Rock n’ Roll Power Trio.

The Robert Brown Bxand is a 3-piece Rock band based out of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, poised to launch a fresh, invigorated take on American Rock n’ Roll. Its members are familiar with each other – bordering on brothers - having played in several projects throughout the years, and they've collectively been jamming and writing songs since 2009.

Always evolving their power-trio sonic palette, their high-energy shows delivered each night are not to be missed nor forgotten. From edgy barn-burners to down-home blues ballads, the Robert Brown Band promises to bring a passionate performance of their guitar-fueled original songs from their forthcoming album, along with their take on classic hits from their mentors like Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and others.

Robert Brown and his band of extremely talented, seasoned musicians are currently touring Illinois and the Midwest with their unique blend of Rock n’ Roll, Funky Punk, and Dirty Blues. The band released the “3 X 4” EP in July 2013, and released their first full-length album - 'Love A Ghost' - in August 2014. RBB is hard at work on their next album to be released Spring 2016.

The Robert Brown Band has opened up for Bret Michaels, Buckcherry, Jackyl, The Steepwater Band, Here Come The Mummies, Wayland, and has performed at The Castle Theatre, FarmFest 450, Limelight EventPlex, The Corn Crib Baseball Stadium, Freakster's Roadhouse, and many other major venues.

Robert Brown (guitars, lead vocals) Micah Hattaway (bass, vocals) Travis Wheet (drums, vocals)


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