Lockport LogJam brings music, carnival, food
By ANnie Alleman For Sun-Times Media July 27, 2012 11:48AM
◆ Aug. 2-4
◆ Homer Tree Service, 14000 Archer Ave., Lockport
◆ (815) 838-3357
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:07PM
Lockport is about to rock.
The Lockport Chamber of Commerce presents the first LogJam concert series. LogJam will be held Aug. 2 to 4 on the grounds of Homer Tree Service.
Headlining the show will be Eddie Money, Survivor and Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors, said Mary Kay Campbell, executive director of the Lockport Chamber of Commerce.
When the Chamber of Commerce took over the long-running Old Canal Days festival two years ago, she said, it did so with the intent of bringing history and tradition back to the fest. Mission accomplished. But, while there is a beer garden at Canal Days, there’s not an opportunity to bring in big-name bands, she said. There just isn’t space.
Enter good neighbor Ron Reposh, owner of Homer Tree Service. Reposh offered the Chamber the use of his property on Archer Avenue by the I-355 expressway.
“He cleared out the mulch yard and he built a backdrop of a log wall for the concert,” she said. “It’s amazing what he’s done.”
When it came time to book the bands, she knew what she wanted: “Lockport likes rock ‘n’ roll.”
Eddie Money will perform Aug. 2, Survivor on Aug. 3, and the Manzarek-Rogers Band perform Aug. 4. Each act will go on around 9 p.m. Bands begin playing at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3, and at 3 p.m. Aug. 4.
She is especially excited to see Ray Manzarek.
“I wanted at least one band in there that no one else has. And I was definitely happy to get them,” she said. “And Eddie Money too. You see him around, but not that often. So I’m really excited about having him. And I’ve heard Survivor puts on a great show.”
Each day will be filled with music from local or regional bands. Last Envy and Blackened, a Metallica tribute act, will play Aug. 2. Under D Influence and Hessler will play Aug. 3. Lehman’s Demons, Danny Fox (a Bob Dylan tribute), and Comfortably Floyd (a Pink Floyd tribute) play Aug. 4.
“Some of them have played at Canal Days. They’re good,” she said. “We were pretty particular about who was going to play. We wanted really good bands, so we’re really happy with the selection.”
The event is geared towards the whole family, she said.
“We have a carnival, food vendors, and people can bring chairs in to listen to the music,” she said.
Unlike the Canal Days carnival, which was geared toward small children, this will be a big one for all ages, she said.
“We’re very, very excited about this lineup,” she said.
Tickets are available online or at Lockport City Hall, First Community Bank in Homer Glen and STE Corp. in Lockport; or at the door.
Overall, people should expect to have a great time at the first LogJam.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere, a family atmosphere,” she said. “We want it to be a great time.”
LogJam is an opportunity to showcase Lockport as well, she said.
“It’s a time to discover the hidden secrets of Lockport and to stop in the stores and get gas or groceries,” she said. “It’s also to raise awareness of Lockport, because we do have a lot of really wonderful things here.”