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4th Annual Academy of Country Music Party for a Cause Festival - Day 2

Lee Brice performs in Las Vegas in 2016. He'll be playing at HerrinFesta in May.

Legendary surf rock band The Beach Boys and country music superstar Lee Brice will be the featured performers for the 2018 edition of HerrinFesta Italiana.

The lineup was announced today by HerrinFesta President Chris Trapani.

Rounding out the list of other major acts appearing at the five-day celebration are Pop Evil, a triple-header night of Queensryche, Slaughter and Kix, and a revamped Memorial Day package that includes faith music stars Natalie Grant and Jordan Feliz.

Trapani says the numerous committees that work year-round to plan the event have implemented two major upgrades this year.

“We are excited about the change to the Memorial Day format. The last day of the festival we are having faith and family night,” Trapani said. “We are bringing in major acts Jordan Feliz and Natalie Grant, have dropped advance general admission tickets to just $5 and there will be no alcohol sales that night in the piazza.”

Paster Jason McKinnies from the Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin helped with the Memorial Day conversion and planning.

Trapani says administrators are always looking for ways improve the event, which led to a new ticket refund policy. He said there have been only a couple cancellations in the 27-year history of HerrinFesta, but a no-refund policy left a bad taste in the mouth of attendees.

“We are now offering a full refund on tickets if show is canceled. In the past, a lot of people waited until the day of the show to check out the weather. You don't have to do that anymore,” Trapani says. “We want to protect our concert guests' investment and give them peace of mind regarding their early ticket purchases.”

Performers and dates are as follows: May 24, Pop Evil; May 25, Lee Brice; May 26, The Beach Boys; May 27, Kix, Slaughter and Queensryche and May 28, Natalie Grant and Jordan Feliz.

Tickets go on sale at 6 a.m. today at

For a limited time, a limited number of discount $10 tickets will be available for all seats, pits and general admission. The price drops to $5 for faith and family night.

Pop Evil is a popular hard rock band from Michigan that has released four albums. They are best known for singles “Trenches,” “In the Big House,” “Hero” and “Last Man Standing.”

Brice played football at Clemson, before developing into one of the best songwriters in Nashville, with his material being recorded by Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. He made the transition to country star with raucous live shows and powerhouse singles “I Don't Dance,” “Love Like Crazy” and “I Drive Your Truck.”

The Beach Boys are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A small sample of their massive greatest hits list includes “God Only Knows,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Anna,” “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo” and “Surfin' U.S.A.” Formed in 1961, the band is still fronted my founding member Mike Love.


The Beach Boys perform at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball in Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The band will play at this year's HerrinFesta.

The May 27 show is a three-for-one deal. Kix is best known for platinum hit “Don't Close Your Eyes.” Slaughter went double platinum with its “Stick it to Ya” album, which contained several hit singles. Queensryche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

Grant has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and has won five Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association for Female Vocalist of the Year. Feliz watched his popularity soar with the release of single “The River.”

Opening acts for all five days will be announced at a later date.


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