Five of the biggest names in the regional music scene will headline the entertainment during the 4th of July Celebration in Delano: GB Leighton, Kat Perkins, Gear Daddies, Johnny Holm Band, and Chris Hawkey.
The 2019 celebration will take place Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6.
Wednesday’s events will include a cribbage tournament the Delano Ambassador Coronation, family entertainment, and the beginning of the baseball and softball tournaments. GB Leighton and Kat Perkins will take the main stage together at 8 p.m.
GB Leighton is named after musician Brian Leighton. The performs more than 200 shows a year from Minnesota to Mexico. The band has released 12 albums, and has sold more than 70,000 of them. Leighton made his national country debut with “Get Up,” his 11th album. Billboard.com named him a Top 10 Country Artist to Watch in 2014.
Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, ND, and moved to the Twin Cities to pursue music on a professional scale. Her band, Scarlet Haze, opened for Bon Jovi and other well-known acts. After a hiatus from performing due to vocal surgery, Perkins made a comeback on season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she was a finalist. She has gone on to tour throughout the country and beyond, including performing for troops overseas.
Thursday’s events will include the 5K race, Minnesota’s oldest and largest 4th of July parade, the KRWC Roadshow, Big Guns performing at 7:30 p.m., and Gear Daddies performing at 9 p.m.
After nearly 30 years together, one of the most resilient and influential Americana/Rock bands ever to come out of the Twin Cities is reaching back to the greatest fans in the world. With headline performances ranging from “The David Letterman Show” to Austin, Texas’ South x Southwest Music Festival, Gear Daddies has rocked fans from coast to coast. Over thousands of miles and countless venues from New York to Los Angeles to Phoenix to Denver to Kansas City to all over the Midwest; Martin Zellar, Nick Ciola, Randy Broughten and James “Billy” Dankert have galvanized a fan base across America with their unique brand of music and lyrics that exude an opportunity to re-live life experiences.
Friday will feature the kiddie parade, art chalk contest, family stage entertainment, and a performance by the Johnny Holm Band.
Johnny Holm, known as the human jukebox, plays a wide variety of hit music from several genres and eras, and will bring his highly-entertaining show back to Delano after taking a year off in 2018.
Saturday’s events will include the fireman’s waterball tournament, a performance by Chris Hawkey, fireworks, and more.
Hawkey’s big break came as a member of the group Rocket Club in 2010, and sang on three songs that spent time on the Billboard National Country charts. The band released four albums and played in front of thousands of fans. Hawkey released his first solo country record in 2014, which included the radio single “My Kinda Crazy.” He has gone on to release two more albums and tour nationally.
Other highlights of the celebration include a medallion hunt beginning Friday, June 28, a lumber jack show, and more entertainment to be announced. In addition, carnival wristbands for unlimited rides will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 10 p.m. every other day.