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Thorogood, Indigenous to headline Fourthfest

Looking for something cool to do on the Fourth of July? Fourthfest has a lot to offer this year, including the chance to hear rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers and a hot young bluesy rock band, Indigenous, that's garnered a reputati...

Looking for something cool to do on the Fourth of July?
Fourthfest has a lot to offer this year, including the chance to hear rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers and a hot young bluesy rock band, Indigenous, that's garnered a reputation for live performances that are so fired up that audiences won't let the band leave the stage.
But that's not all that's in store at Bayfront Festival Park on the Fourth starting at 11 a.m.
Fifteen different food vendors selling everything from pizza and pop to Greek and French delicacies will be on site.
A portable climbing wall will also be set up to give kids and adults alike a chance to try their climbing skills.
To top it off, one of the best carnivals in the country, Captain Ridemore, will be on site as well, offering music, magic and excitement.
Entrance into the Fourthfest is free. One ticket to the carnival is good for rides all day.
A fantastic fireworks display at dusk, about 10:30 p.m., will cap off the celebration.
This year, the fireworks will be shot from the Minnesota Aggregates property on Rice's Point instead of from a barge in the harbor, giving boats in St. Louis Bay harbor a better view of the display.
The fireworks will be accompanied by music simulcast on KRBR-FM 102.5.
Veteran rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers will take center stage at the celebration.
Over the last 20 years, the blues-inspired rock group has put out 14 albums. The latest, "Half a Boy/Half a Man," was released earlier this year.
Probably best known for its classic hit, "Bad to the Bone," the band continues to pump out great music, opening for bands like ZZ Top.
In an interview on Vintage Guitar Online, Thorogood said he grew up listening to John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Chuck Berry.
He said he really hit his stride when he found a Gibson ES 125 and discovered it was the instrument made for him.
He still has it. He calls it "Old Red," and it's always up on stage with him.
Thorogood has been around a long time.
His first album was recorded in 1977. In another online interview at AmuzNet, he was asked by a fan:
"How can you have been rocking so hard for so long? What's your secret?"
His response: "My secret? no secret -- I'm not rich enough or old enough to retire yet. What else would I do? Think about that. I tell you why -- 'cause you guys call me up all the time."
Mayor Gary Doty said bringing Thorogood to Fourthfest continues the tradition of bringing top musical talent to the city.
Indigenous and local musician Sterling Waters are also on tap.
The young Native American rock band comes from Yankton, S.D., and has already shared the stage with Melissa Etheridge, Jonny Lang, Chris Duarte and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
The band is headlined by 25-year-old guitarist and vocalist Mato Nanji, who has been compared to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
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The band has recorded two albums, with the latest released earlier this year.
So plan on attending Fourthfest -- it should be fun, rain or shine.
Or, as Thorogood put it during the online interview: "Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days you get rained out. But you dress for 'em all."

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