Herrinfesta Italiana for 2017 is going to be “bad to the bone.”
Legendary rockers George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be anchoring a blended lineup that includes cosmopolitan cowboy Gary Allan, electrifying arena rock tribute band Hairball, tireless metal titans Halestorm and rising country supergroup Old Dominion.
Tickets go on sale today at www.herrinfest.com.
“Our goal is always to try and appeal to as many different area music fans as possible. We spread the entertainment across as many genres as possible and even try to find acts that achieved popularity in different decades,” says Herrinfesta President Chris Trapani. “The entertainment committee did an outstanding job putting together a diverse package that is strong for all five days.”
Trapani says he is excited about a new seating configuration for Herrinfest fans that cannot endure the traditional marathon nights of standing up for the entire concert.
“I am very excited about the premiere of premium reserve seating,” Trapani said. “We will still have a true pit area in front of the stage. The back section of what used to be the pit, will now have a little over 700 seats.”
The official lineup is as follows: May 25, Hairball with opening act Party Pants; May 26, Gary Allan with Eli Tellor and John Spicer; May 27, Old Dominion and guests We Got It Covered and the Kali Lynn Trio; May 28, Halestorm and opening acts Four Deep and For The City; and May 29, American Lion will warm up for George Thorogood.
“We have between 50 and 100 local acts under consideration every year to use in conjunction with the featured performer,” Trapani says. “It's a hard selection process. We love using home-grown talent and giving them a little exposure.”
Ticket prices are $45 for pit, $35 for premium seating and $25 for general admission. There are special prices for the opening night Hairball experience, with $15 general admission and premium seats and $18 for a pit pass.
Hairball is a Minneapolis-based band specializing in the “unscripted decadence” of the 1980s powerhouse arena bands like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Van Halen.
Trusting instincts of playing on the road for decades, the three lead singers of the group try to feel the vibe of the audience as they prepare a nightly set list, which includes rapid costume changes from the heavy makeup and black Kiss costumes to the skintight jumpsuit of Queen's Freddie Mercury.
Hairball has a huge fan base in the upper Midwest and is expanding its territory in 2017.
Playing guitar in his dad's honky-tonk band while still in high school, Allan was heavily influenced by the traditional Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. In 1993, he started turning heads in the industry and finally broke out with a big hit on his debut single “Her Man” in 1996.
The 49-year -old California native spent the next four years sorting through the confusing Nashville system, then caught fire in the early 2000s with a hit streak that included, “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Right Where I Need To Be,” written by Thompsonville's Kendell Marvel.
Old Dominion was originally formed to showcase songs written by band members. Lead singer Matthew Ramsey wrote “Chainsaw” for The Band Perry. Keyboardist Trevor Rosen inked “Neon” for Chris Young. Lead guitarist Brad Tursi penned “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” for Tyler Farr.
After jamming together, the members liked the chemistry and became a band.
Reeling off consecutive hits “Break Up With Him,” “Snap Back” and “Song For Another Time,” Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest names in the business in recent months. They are currently nominated for Vocal Group Of The Year by the Academy of Country Music.
Halestorm, winner of a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance with single “Love Bites (So Do I),” is a workaholic Pennsylvania band that plays over 250 shows a year.
The nucleus of the group is formed by lead singer Lzzy Hale and her brother Arejay, who have been collaborating since 1997. With the addition of lead guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Joe Smith, the foursome evolved into Halestorm in 2004 and signed with Atlantic Records the following year.
The band has released three albums, the self-titled "Halestorm" in 2009, The Strange Case Of" in 2012 and "Into The Wild Life" in 2015.
Using a mixture of Chicago blues and roadhouse rock 'n' roll, Thorogood creates a high-energy boogie sound with infectious hooks on songs like “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “I Drink Alone” and signature tune “Bad To The Bone.”
The 67-year-old Delaware native graduated from being a highly-touted bar band in 1981 by earning a slot on a national tour opening for The Rolling Stones.
Thorogood followed up by displaying his hard core musical resiliency, touring in all 50 states in 50 days, then used an instantly identifiable signature three-note intro on “Bad To The Bone” to cement his musical legacy.