ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Band Perry brings its hit songs to downtown Rockford.
"First of all we love smaller towns, it's where we've always grown up. We love it because sometimes we feel the "off the beaten path" shows are the most fun," said Kimberly Perry, lead vocals of The Band Perry.
"With the energy and the volume they bring to the arena," adds Neil Perry, who plays the mandolin in the band.
"(The concert) really big because they're a big band and this is a smaller town," said concert-goer Jamie Anderson.
Gordon Kaye, executive director and GM of RAVE, Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority, says it's their goal to bring those big bands to the city.
"(We're) on the phone every day looking for every opportunity out there and again it's not just the BMO it's the Coronado as well," said Kaye.
The Ice Hogs are also drawing crowds. About 16,000 people are expected to be downtown this weekend between the games and the concert.
"They have been bringing good acts (to the BMO) and we come down to the ice, the Ice Hogs you know, it's great that they've had this here for so many years," said Bruce Bain of Machesney Park.
Some other big acts are coming to Rockford. Bryan Adams will be at the Coronado in March and BB King will perform there in May. Country artist Justin Moore will be at the BMO in March. To check out all the events and acts, click the links below.
It’s a big night in the Rockford area for country music fans. The Band Perry is headlining at the BMO tonight and it’s not just the country acts that are bringing people downtown.
It’s the second weekend this month where nearly 20,000 people are expected to be in downtown Rockford for some entertainment.
The Band Perry takes the stage tonight and there are also two Ice Hogs games and the celebration talent even at the Coronado this weekend, so they’re expecting about 16,000 people downtown.
Gordon Kaye, the executive director of the Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority, known as RAVE, says country acts are big right now and they’re touring but they’re always looking for different entertainment.
"We're looking at every opportunity that we can every single day. We're beating the pavement looking for opportunities to bringing more entertainment, more diverse entertainment to downtown Rockford,” says Gordon Kaye, Executive Director of RAVE.
The Zac Brown Band was in town a few weeks ago and that weekend brought nearly 17,000 people downtown.
Bryan Adams is also coming to Rockford. He’ll be at the Coronado next month and we’ll tell you who else is headed to the Forest City tonight on the 23 News Update at 10.