TAYLOR — The 2020 edition of the Taylor Summer Festival, June 25 to 28, will be a little bit country, and a little bit rock ’n’ roll, because of the additions of rock legend Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, and up-and-coming country music star Dylan Scott as the featured artists.
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx will be featured on June 27, which will be capped by Recoil Firearms Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks display in Heritage Park.
Scott, along with special guest Adam Doleac, will perform on June 26. Both of the concerts will be held inside the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion.
Tickets for each concert are $35 VIP, prime stage-front seating, dinner provided by Whiskeys on the Water and a drink; and $10, advance; and $15, at the gate, for standing-room general admission.
The VIP concert package has earned the reputation as the “Best Ticket Downriver” from music lovers. Whiskeys on the Water will be adding a pulled chicken to the menu (which already includes pulled pork), along with sides.
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx is a six-piece band that features all of the iconic band’s hits, eight of which climbed into the industry’s Top 10. A 14-year-old DeYoung, along with brothers John and Chuck Panozzo, started the band in 1962 in the basement of the DeYoung family home in Chicago. DeYoung ended up the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight Top 10 hits.
This summer’s performance will include such legendary rock songs as “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times,” and “Mr. Roboto” in addition to classic rock anthems like “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” and “Rockin’ the Paradise.”
DeYoung’s versatile musical talents – singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer – led to his meteoric rise and lengthy career. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the world. In addition to his work with Styx, he’s recorded seven solo albums, including “Desert Moon,” which also achieved Top 10 status.
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx released a live CD/DVD package as a concert television special on AXS-TV in 2014, work that he took great pride in. “I am constantly amazed, and I mean from the bottom of my heart, that the (Styx) music has touched so many people for such a long time,” he said. “It’s really a testament to the songs.” Taylor concert-goers are in for a big treat in June.
The current band features the lead singer with August Zadra, Jimmy Leahey, John Blasucci, Craig Carter, Dave Anthony and Suzanne DeYoung. To date this group has performed over 300 concerts worldwide.
The festival’s June 26 concert will feature country music sensation Dylan Scott, whose latest release, “Nothing To Do Town,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart. The 29-year-old Louisiana native was a 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominee for best new country artist and was named to the “New Faces of Country Music” lineup that same year.
Scott’s musical consumption numbers are impressive: 826 million career on-demand streams; more than 3 billion in airplay audience; almost 470 million Pandora Music & Radio streams; nearly 230 million YouTube views; and over 2 million Shazam’s.
The young singer is a lesson in personal accountability and work ethic. He grew up in rural northeast Louisiana, 20 minutes from the nearest town, and learned quickly that if he wanted to make something happen, he was going to have to do it himself.
He’s lived by that mantra his whole life, and now the rewards are flowing: The romantic platinum-certified No. 1 hit “My Girl,” gold-certified Top 5 smash hit “Hooked” and the Top 5 breakout album “Dylan Scott.”
Despite the success, he doesn’t forget his roots.
“You have to work at it if you want it,” he said. “You can’t sit back and expect someone else to make it happen for you, you’ve gotta do it yourself. You gotta stay true to your hometown roots. And I think the way you do that is just be you.”
Doleac adds depth to the June 26 lineup.
Dubbed “the hero country needs” by Popdust, Doleac has staked his claim as one to watch in Nashville, thanks to his No. 1 hit single, “Famous,” on Sirius XM’s Hot 30 Countdown. That was a followup to “Whiskey’s Fine” reaching No. 3 on the same countdown.
“Rolling Stone” described his music as not only anchored by Top 40 radio, but the blue-collar grit of Bob Seger and the bluesy influence of his Mississippi hometown, Hattiesburg.
Doleac made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2018 and has since traveled with the likes of Kane Brown, Chris Young and Carrie Underwood – pretty good company for a former scholarship baseball player at Southern Mississippi.
“In college, my roommates all played guitar,” he said. “So anytime they left the house, I’d pick up one of them and start teaching myself. I wrote about five songs with my baseball teammates, then booked three shows around my hometown. Turns out a lot of people turned up. So I got the bug.”
As the Taylor Summer Festival gets closer, more supporting musical acts will be added to the June 26 and 27 schedules. Updates will be posted at www.cityoftaylor.com.
The festival has become known for its outstanding concerts. Last summer, it was Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Tony Lewis of The Outfield and Cinderella’s Tom Keifer on stage. Earlier, it was acts like Loverboy, Everclear, Sebastian Bach and The Romantics.
The four-day festival starts on June 25 with the carnival midway inside Heritage Park. The carnival will be open to the public all four days before closing late June 28. June 26, will feature “Toddler Day” on the midway and the food and beer village before that evening’s concert.
The biggest day of the festival is June 27, which will be capped by the Recoil Firearms Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks Display. It’ll open in the morning with the Taylor Fest Cane Pole Fishing Derby on Coan Lake and continue through that evening’s concert and the fireworks display about 10 p.m.
Admission to Heritage Park and the fireworks display are free, but certain events are ticketed, as is parking. Anyone entering the carnival must purchase a ticket at the gate, and parking inside and around the park is usually $10. Anyone parking inside Heritage Park should plan to use the Northline Road entrance at Racho Road.
Pardee Road between Goddard and Northline will be closed to all vehicular traffic June 27 starting about 7 p.m., and will remain closed through the fireworks display.
Should poor weather postpone the fireworks display, it will be held at dusk on June 28.
Recoil Firearms is this year’s presenting sponsor of the festival. Other confirmed sponsors include Wallside Windows, West Side Distributing, UAW Region 1-A, Faygo, Whiskeys on the Water and General RV.
The Taylor Summer Festival is presented by the city of Taylor and 360 Event Productions.
Source: City of Taylor