Fuel, Richardson to rock Lakeside Festival

Cathy Richardson
Cathy Richardson
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She might be affiliated with musical greats, such as Jefferson Starship and Janice Joplin, but Cathy Richardson is definitely her own act. 

The rock singer with a powerful voice will perform at 6 p.m. July 4 as part of Crystal Lake's Lakeside Festival. 

"It's going to be a lot of fun, a high-energy show," said Richardson, who will take the stage with the Cathy Richardson Band.  

Richardson starred as Joplin in the original Off Broadway show, "Love, Janis." That performance led to her touring with Janis' original band members Big Brother and the Holding Co. on the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Tour in 2007. 

And, in turn, that led to a tour with the legendary classic rock band Jefferson Starship.

But it's Richardson's seven solo albums, as well as her latest collaboration, the band The Macrodots, that she's focused on these days.

"Janice (Joplin) was a cool experience," she said. "It was never my intention to go out and be Janice Joplin. I always liked her and used to cover her songs. This play kind of came along and it took me on a whole other journey and changed my life in a lot of ways.

"Doing my own thing has always been my love and focus."

While her solo work tends to be more Americana sounding, more blues, folk and soul, she said Macrodots has more of a modern rock sound with influences of classic rock bands, such as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.

At the festival, she said she'll likely be playing a mix of all the music.

"The thing I love about the Cathy Richardson band is there are no musical rules we have to follow," she said. "I've written a ton of songs and put out a bunch of records over the years. I'm into experimenting, opening it up, letting the band members do their things with my songs.

"It's never really the same show twice, even though we might play some of the same songs. There's always room for whatever else happens." 

A Grammy nominee and award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress and designer, Richardson is among numerous artists taking the festival's stages through July 7. 

This year's headliner is Fuel, which takes the stage at 9 p.m. July 4. The rock band has sold more than 3.5 million albums, including the hits "Shimmer," "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)."

Other bands include the Thomas Nicholas Band (Nicholas played Kevin Myers in "American Pie"), Tru Blu, Hi Infidelity, Kimberly Wolff, Friction, What About This, Modern Day Romeos, Jori Parys, Common Ground, Cover Gurl, Gregory B and 16 Candles.

Along with the usuals – carnival rides, a petting zoo, Saturday's Kids Decorated Bike Parade and Ice Cream Eating Contest, Dole Mansion tours, the parade and fireworks to cap off the event on Sunday - this year's festival will include a visit by Tommy the Hawk and other Chicago Sports Team Mascots.

On Saturday, Tommy Hawk, the official mascot of the Chicago Blackhawks, will be available for those interested in meeting him and taking pictures. 



The following events are taking place for Lakeside Festival through July 7 at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. For information, visit www.lakesidelegacy.org.


4 to 8 p.m. – Unlimited carnival rides (*$1 off w/coupon)

4 p.m. – Sinful Saints – Northwest Herald stage

7:30 p.m. – Pirates Over 40 – Northwest Herald stage

JULY 4 {$2 admission noon to 4 p.m.)

3:30 p.m. – Dangerous Joes – Northwest Herald stage

1 to 3 p.m. – Petting zoo, Storytelling, face painting

1 to 5 p.m. – Unlimited carnival rides (*$1 off w/coupon)

6 p.m. – Cathy Richardson Band – Pabst stage

8 p.m. – Thomas Nicholas Band – Northwest Herald stage

9 p.m. – FUEL – Pabst stage


4 p.m. – Tru Blu – Northwest Herald stage

7:30 p.m. – Hi Infidelity – Pabst stage


Noon – Kids decorated bike parade (sponsored by C.L. Women of Today)

Noon – Kids ice-ceam-eating contest (sponsored by Kalidescoops)

12 to 3 p.m. –  Tommy Hawk, Chicago Blackhaws mascot

12:30 p.m. – Common Ground – Northwest Herald stage

1:15 p.m. – Jori Parys – Northwest Herald stage

2 p.m. – Baggo tournament

Noon to 4 p.m. – Unlimited carnival rides ($1 off with coupon)

4 p.m. – Kimberly Wolff – Northwest Herald stage

6 p.m. – Friction – Pabst stage

8 p.m. – What About This – Northwest Herald stage

9 p.m. – Modern Day Romeos – Pabst stage


1 p.m. – Parade down Dole Avenue to Lakeside Festival

1 to 5 p.m. – Unlimited carnival rides ($1 off with coupon)

Noon – Gregory B – Northwest Herald stage

4 p.m. – Cover Gurl – Pabst stage

6 p.m. – Gregory B – Northwest Herald stage

7 p.m. – 16 Candles – Pabst stage

Dusk – Fireworks

• Visit the yellow festival entrance tents for $1 off coupon for the unlimited carnival rides.

• Free event parking located around the festival grounds on Ringling Road, Golf Road and Country Club. Parking at South School and Lundahl Middle School.

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