River Fest organizers announce headliners

Sangamon River Music Festival organizers have announced the 2017 headliners, billing Saturday night’s concert lineup as “32 Top 20 Singles - One Stage - One Night - Two Country Music Stars.”

Those stars are Jerrod Niemann and Mark Chesnutt, both of whom will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 26. Organizers made the announcement Friday morning on local country radio station WIXY 100.3.

Niemann, who recently released the single “A Little More Love” with friend Lee Brice, is known for his platinum-certified smash hit “Drink to that All Night” from the album “High Noon.”

Niemann has recorded six top 40 country hits from his three albums. He also has a flourishing songwriting career, co-writing three singles for country star Garth Brooks as well as an array of other artists.

Chesnutt, who’s logged 14 number-one hits and four platinum albums, has had a career spanning over two decades. As one of the top ten most-played radio artists of the 1990s, he had hits like “Bubba Shot the Jukebox,” “Blame it on Texas,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Gonna Get a Life,” and “It Sure is Monday.”

His cover of the Aerosmith tune “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” topped the country charts for four consecutive weeks in 1998.

Also appearing on Saturday will be Morgan Myles, a rising country star whose independent debut, “Miss Morgan Myles,” garnered praise from Nashville critics and beyond. She recently released a new six-song collection, “Whiskey Dreaming.”

Organizers said that the festival’s Friday night show will feature local bands who’ve consistently drawn large crowds to the event in the past: Ryan Ideus and the Feudin’ Hillbillies and Jury’s Out.

Last week, it was announced that the band We Are Messengers would play the Saturday-afternoon contemporary Christian time slot.

The festival will be held Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 in downtown Mahomet. It’s free to the public.

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