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Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
Grandkids will play at 4 p.m. July 26 at the Main Street Music Fest at Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park in downtown Sterling. The band features Vivian McConnell (second from right), a Dixon High School graduate.

STERLING – Sterling Main Street will present the third annual Main Street Music Fest on July 26 at Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park in downtown Sterling.

Gates will open at 1 p.m. for the all-ages festival.

Tickets are $5 for those 13 and older, and entry is free for those younger than 12, with an accompanying adult. Tickets are available at the gate, or by contacting Sterling Main Street at 815-626-8610 or

There will be art and food vendors, and beer and wine will be available. No outside food, beverages or pets will be allowed.

The schedule for the day is: Charlie Siren at 2 p.m., Grandkids at 4, The Cole Brothers at 6, and Kyle Henderson at 8.

Charlie Siren is a 4-piece pop punk band based out of Minneapolis. Paeton Gillette, a 2009 Newman graduate, is the band’s drummer. Formed in October 2011, Charlie Siren has toured the United States, and has released two full-length albums, “Til The Cows Come Home,” and “This Is Home.”

Grandkids has roots in Champaign-Urbana and Chicago, and features lead singer and songwriter Vivian McConnell, a Dixon High School graduate.

The Cole Brothers, Kerry and Tracy Cole, are originally from Sterling. The brothers have had their own band, The Lefty Bros. Band since 1981. They have toured with Tony Orlando since 1999, and have shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers and The Beach Boys.

Kyle Henderson, this year’s headliner, blends blues, rock and soul to create a unique style of his own. The songwriter has been in the music business for more than 30 years.

An arts and crafts show will be part of the festival.

There are 50/50 raffle tickets on sale for $5 or five for $20 until 7 p.m. at the festival and at the following downtown businesses:  Sterling Main Street, 318 First Ave. #1; Grummert’s Hardware, 424 Locust St.; SBM Business Equipment Center, 501 Locust St.; the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Locust St.; and Air Play Sports & Espresso, 115 E Third St. 

The winner will be drawn at 7:45 p.m. at the festival.

For more information, visit, “like” Sterling Main Street on Facebook, or call the office at 815-626-8610.

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