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Night Ranger, Dennis DeYoung to play Frontier Days
By Sheila Ahern | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/27/2008 3:09 PM | Updated: 5/27/2008 7:02 PM

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Get out those lighters -- Frontier Days is bringing back some serious 1980s power ballads this summer.

Night Ranger, best known for "Sister Christian," and Dennis DeYoung, one of the founding members of Styx, will take the main stage during the 33rd annual Fourth of July festival. Both shows are free.

Besides "Sister Christian," Night Ranger is also known for the songs "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Rock in America." The Night Ranger show will be on the opening day of the festival at 8 p.m. July 2.

Dennis DeYoung's tenure with Styx lasted from 1962 to 1999. His vocals can be heard on Styx songs such as "The Grand Illusion," "Lady," "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto." He will appear July 5.

Dot Dot Dot is a rock and pop band from Chicago that will play on July 6. The band was featured on Fox's "The Next Great American Band" last year and has released a self-titled album available on iTunes.

The Little River Band will play on July 3, and American English -- a Beatles tribute band -- will play on July 4.

Bill Peery, the coordinator of entertainment for the festival, said DeYoung will probably draw the largest crowd.

One change this year will be the seating for the main-stage acts. In years past, the front half of the area was reserved for blanket-only seating while the back part was for blankets and lawn chairs. This year, it will be open seating in both parts, Peery said.

"It's always been a difficult thing to police," he said. "This year it's going to be totally open. People should know wherever you sit or stand there could be people standing up and singing in front of you."

Otherwise, Frontier Days will resemble past years. There will be no admission charge, and concertgoers will be able to place their blankets and lawn chairs to reserve spots hours before the big shows. No coolers are allowed.

Frontier Days also will feature the carnival rides, food and games of years past. The Fourth of July parade, arts and crafts, and teen and adult volleyball tournaments will all return.

There also will be two free shuttle buses to Frontier Days -- one from the downtown Arlington Heights parking garages and the other from Thomas Middle School and Olive Elementary School.

For more information, go to www.frontierdays.org.