Hot Blues at Cool Resort: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Celebrates American Music, Blues at Blues on the Green

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A premiere Midwest resort launches first free-to-the-public open air concert featuring national recording artists and great American cuisine.

This August, blues lovers are encouraged to leave the steamy hustle and bustle of the city and chill out at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Ill., for the first Blues on the Green music series. The free-to-the public outdoor concerts will offer great blues from national recording artists from August 12 through September 2. The line up includes:

August 12: Lil’ Brian Terry & the Zydeco Travelers plays its own modern form of music, dubbed Z-Funk, that is both rhythmically and lyrically sophisticated.

August 19: Join the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings who have been blasting out their own brand of soul-steeped R&B since 1993.

August 26: The Kinsey Report first burst on the national scene fifteen years ago with street-smart, funky blues-rock. Supercharged guitar and vocals will grab die-hard blues fans and rockers alike.

September 2: John Lee Hooker, Jr. brings a unique sound that is a potent concoction of two parts R&B and one part jazz and honors a century-old family music heritage.

“Typically, blues concerts are offered in urban settings. Instead, we are offering visitors and Galena residents a unique concert experience, where attendees can enjoy performances by top musicians in a beautiful resort setting, while sampling great American cuisine prepared on-site by our chefs” says Fred Hansen, general manager.

Hungry music lovers can partake in a variety of southern-, Cajun- and Chicago- inspired gastronomical delights. Each weekend will feature music and food pairings including pulled pork; fried turkey and chicken; slow-roasted smokehouse pork ribs; shrimp and sausage jambalaya; beer braised pork dummies; corn on the cob; fried biscuits; Chicago-style hot dogs; curly fries; peach cobbler with ice cream and pecan pie prepared by the resort’s chefs and served “greenside” each weekend. A variety of beverages also will be available.

The concerts take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on the Hot Air Balloon Launch Field at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Show admission is free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Call 815-777-5000 or go to for more information. Special weekend packages are also available.

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