GENEVA, IL – At the end of June, Geneva will once again celebrate its Swedish heritage in a grand approach.
The Swedish Days festival is set to take place June 22-26, and to give residents and fans something to look forward to, organizers have announced a host of musical acts that will bring live entertainment to the festival.
For the 72nd year, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce will host the Swedish Days – “summer doesn’t get more Swedish than this,” organizers say. As for the music, officials say the festival will offer “something for every type of music fan at three different venues.”
“Bringing a mix of genres and styles to festivals is always a priority,” said Laura Rush, communications director for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “The start of the entertainment on Wednesday with performances by Geneva Park District and the semi-finals of Geneva’s Got Talent has allowed the Geneva Chamber to bring new “hot” bands to the central stage each evening, from Thursday to Saturday. We hope audiences enjoy the favorites and new additions.”
Here’s a look at the scheduled entertainment released on Tuesday.
Wednesday June 22
Entertainment on the center stage will begin at 4 p.m. with a traditional Swedish promenade filled with music. At 5:00 p.m., attendees can watch performances by the Geneva Park District Angels Cheer & Poms team, the Geneva Gymnastics Academy, Playhouse 38 and the Park District Sunset Dance Academy. These shows will be followed by performances by the semi-finalists of “Geneva’s Got Talent”.
Thursday June 23
The finalists of “Geneva’s Got Talent” will perform from 5 p.m. From there, Dancing Queen will recreate an ABBA experience “that won’t be soon forgotten,” officials said.
friday june 24
Live musical performances begin at 5 p.m. with Second Hand Soul Band — known for their Motown, soul and rock ‘n’ roll sound. From there, starting at 7 p.m., The Boys Band Night will pay tribute to iconic pop bands, including Backstreet Boys, One Direction, New Kids On The Block and NSYNC.
Saturday June 25
Known as Scandinavian Saturday, Jaerv will kick off the evening’s musical lineup at 5 p.m. The Swedish folk quintet will stop in Geneva as part of their North American tour. Minnesota-based band Necessary Diversion will perform at 7 p.m. to wrap up the night.
“Don’t expect to hear Swedish music, but rather a bit of everything else,” Chamber of Commerce officials said of the closing band.
The options don’t stop there. “Concerts on the lawn” will also take place during the festival. Danny and Katie O’Brien, Cole Brandt and Andrea Schmidt are among the artists on the program for the afternoon events which will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Officials said all evening concerts will take place on the center stage, while lawn concerts will take place in front of the courthouse.
The Sweden Väst entertainment – which will take place on Saturday and Sunday – will feature Swedish singers, dancers and performers on Judges Lot, at the corner of James and Third streets.
More information about Swedish Days will be released closer to the festival, and the schedule is expected to be released in mid-May, officials said.