AG LAND STAGE
All Ag Land entertainment is included with admission.
THURSDAY, September 10
FRIDAY, September 11
- 12 p.m., WSPY Show, featuring Max Armstrong, Chris Schwemlein, and "Crossroads" band. Also broadcast on WCSJ, and WLBK.
- 1 p.m. Remembrance ceremony
- 3 to 5 p.m., Talk of the Town swing band
- 7 to 11 p.m., Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm band
SATURDAY, September 12
SUNDAY, September 13
- 1 to 4 p.m., Patchouli
MAX ARMSTRONG and the Round House band
Co-host of This Week in AgriBusiness
Max Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly-regarded Agricultural journalists in America! In three decades of agriculture broadcasting, Max has originated broadcasts from all 50 states and 30 different foreign nations. He has twice received the Oscar in Agriculture and has been awarded the highest honors by the National Agri-Marketing Association, the American Agricultural Editors Association and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers and consumers. As director of broadcasting for Farm Progress Companies, Armstrong is responsible for the daily radio programming and the television specials produced by Farm Progress. Max co-hosts the weekly program This Week in Agribusiness aired on Chicago’s WGN Radio, where he has been heard every week for more than 30 years.
Performing Wednesday, September 9, at 12 p.m.
Songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s
Performing songs that bring back some great memories, the Relics is a band of veteran musicians who grew up in the 50's, 60's and 70's. We love this music and love playing. "Our objective is to keep the party goin, and play tunes that most bands pass over.
The music of the 60's is endless! Due to numerous requests, we find ourselves expanding our song catalog to include some of the best rockin' tunes from the 70's & 80's
Performing Wednesday, September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.
Performing with the "Round House" band
Orion has been on WGN Radio for more than 53 of his 81 years! “He’s the news commentator that’s always had the farmers back and has told our side of the story—better than we ever could have thought.” Orion is widely known for hosting the US Farm Report. He is the most honored agriculture journalist in the country. Orion is a member of: the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame; the National 4-H Hall of Fame; the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Performing Thursday, September 10, 12 p.m.
All ages: 60s and current rock, contemporary, and country hits
Jim Stone, Jim Yoder, Jim Williams, Rick Flessner, and Ted King
“The current 5 member band performs that long awaited good time everyone so longs for.”
If you are looking for the best gig in town, Back Paiges is the right band for you! The band's mission is simply to provide a good time for every age performing hits from the 60's to current hits of rock, contemporary and country!
Since 1992, Back Paiges has performed two steppin', swing dancing, and a rockin' good time!
Performing Thursday, September 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Featuring Max Armstrong and Chris Schwemlein
with music by the Crossroads band
The WSPY Noon Show is a 90-minute program dedicated to promoting and educating audiences on the importance of agriculture. Most state, county and local fairs have agricultural origins, such as showing livestock, produce, or, canned and baked goods from the raw products grown on our Midwestern farms. The show is also broadcast on WSQR, WCSJ and WLBK. The band, “Crossroads” adds depth and gives flair to the live broadcasts. The Noon Show has become a staple of the Ag Land Stage in the years since the Nelson Multimedia stations started broadcasting from the Fair.
Performing on Friday, September 5, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Town Swing Band
Tunes from the big band swing era
Think 1940's and Pennsylvania 6-5000. Other songs the band plays are: Ballin' the Jack, String of Pearls, Blue Moon, and New York, New York. Founded on May 17, 2005 by Paul Rossek and Tom “the Colonel” Boyd. The Talk of the Town Swing Band is a group of Sandwich area musicians formed with the intention of popularizing the enduring sounds of the Big Band Era for modern audiences. Known mainly by songs by the likes of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Harry James, big band music includes most of the popular songs from 1920-1950 and beyond.
Directed by Josh Brooks, the Talk of the Town Band consists of five saxophones, three trombones, five trumpets, piano, drums, bass and vocalists. The band is very excited and humbled to be invited to support our country and troops by participating in a USO-type show at the Fair.
Performing Friday, September 5 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm band
top 40 Country band
Billy Croft, Dave Eno, Chris Plasch, Lucy Hix Croft, Chris Babb, and Derrick Martens
Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm band is a red-hot smokin’, top 40 Country band, burnin’ up the country music scene in Illinois! With hits from country superstars like Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan, and hot country music from mega-groups like Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and Florida Georgia Line, Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm will play YOUR favorite country songs all night long.
Performing Friday, September 11, 7 to 11 p.m.
Chris Vallilo & Bucky Halker
“Universal and timeless folk music.”
Songwriter and guitarist Bucky Halker and guitarist/singer Chris Vallilo will perform a wide selection of original songs and other folk music. The music of Woody Guthrie with elements of country, folk, blues, and rock all make their way into their original songs. Vallilo plays six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, weaving original, contemporary, and traditional music. “Our music is a testament to the American working classes.” says Halker. "This is not music born of the elite classes.” "This music is universal and timeless," says Vallilo, "and of tremendous value.".
Performing Saturday, September 12, 1 to 4 p.m.
Back by popular demand
Woody performs cover music from these classic artists as well as current country artists and his own original music. He has performed at the Sandwich Fair for the last three years much to the delight of his fans. His many influencing artists are: Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sr., and Marty Stuart and rock and roll greats, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.
Performing Saturday, September 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
“The harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings."
Award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry.
“New American Folk” blends elements of folk, pop, flamenco, and jazz with world beat rhythms.
“Patchouli live is amazing. …compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”Patchouli represents the very top echelon of today's acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination.
Performing Saturday, September 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.