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Entertainment Announced for 2018 Mt. Vernon Fall Fest

The official entertainment line-up for this year’s Mt. Vernon Fall Fest, held September 28- 30, has been set. Friday night’s entertainment will begin at 5:15 p.m. with St. Louis band, Big Rain. Big Rain focuses on new music from pop, rock, indie, and alternative genres. They cover music from One Republic, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell, Gavin Degraw, Fitz and the Tantrums, Maroon 5, and more. Friday, at 8 p.m., Platinum Rock Legends (PRL) of St. Louis will take the stage. PRL is the ultimate rock tribute band, now touring nationwide. They impersonate favorite legends including Journey, Bon Jovi, Queen, and even boy bands like Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. PRL is described as a Las Vegas style rock concert super show with entertaining productions that rely heavily on audience participation.

            Saturday evening will open with local Southern Illinois band, U-Foria, at 6:15 p.m. They feature former Mt. Vernon resident, Miranda Joy Willmore on vocals. Currently touring the United States, U-Foria focuses on country, rock, blues, original, and cover songs. Saturday night’s “Illinois Proud” Fall Fest headliner, at 8:15 p.m., will feature Rockford, IL native and rising country music star, Mo Pitney. His classic country sound can be compared to the traditional country greats Randy Travis and George Strait. Pitney has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Lake Shake festival in Chicago, and most recently, the Country to Country festival in London. His single “Country” peaked at #35 on the Billboard Country charts in 2015. Other singles include “Boy & A Girl Thing”, “Clean Up on Aisle Five”, and “Come Do a Little Life”.

            Blues Day returns on Sunday, September 30th, beginning at 11 a.m. with Southern Illinois blues trio, Cat Daddy’O. They feature a thundering rhythm section with an old-school rhythm and blues style. At 1:15 p.m., Al Holliday & the East Side Rhythm Band will take the stage. Their soul music is described as more Mississippi River and less New York City. Their sound combines the funky feel of New Orleans R&B with the power and intensity of East St. Louis’ own Ike & Tina Turner. Marquise Knox will close out the festival at 3:15 p.m. Sunday. This young, St. Louis native was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut with his album, Manchild, recorded when he was only 16. Marquise’s blues talents have allowed him to perform with blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

            For more information on Fall Fest, contact the Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 618-242-3151 or[email protected]. Also, visit our website, or our Fall Fest Facebook page, to stay up to date on all Fall Fest events and activities.