Organizers hope to hook a hit with Bluegill Music Festival

After being part of large music festivals like Lollapalooza in Chicago, a southern Illinois man is organizing the Bluegill Music Festival to bring 20 bands and up to 20,000 people to Rend Lake.

Growing up in southern Illinois, Andy Hart says watching the fireworks over the Rend Lake Dam always made him dream that southern Illinois would have a bigger event to celebrate America's freedom. 

This year, Hart’s dream becomes a reality with the Bluegill Music Festival.

"Rend Lake is an absolutely beautiful place to do an event like this,” said Hart. “The plot of land couldn't be more perfect, it's like they built it for a music festival, and I got the first chance to do it."

Hart says he has been planning this festival for the better part of a decade, but there were always bumps in the road.

"Logistically, it's been the rain,” said Hart.  “A lot of people tell me I'm crazy, and I take that as a compliment."

However, when it comes to the Bluegill Music Festival Hart, feels like crazy just might work.

"We've sold tickets in Florida, Atlanta, D.C., and Michigan,” said Hart.  “We've sold a lot of tickets, and we would like this to grow to multiple days, add camping, and it really become a regional festival where we pull from multiple states."

The Fourth of July fireworks will be shot off of the Rend Lake Dam starting at 9:30 p.m. and the Eli Young Band will begin right after the grand finale.

The event is scheduled to go on rain or shine, and tickets are still available.

To check out the full lineup for the Bluegill Music Festival click here.

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