Superstar lineup: Bands, carnival and more close out summer at LITH fest

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With 15 children between them, the band members of HiFi Superstar are all about family entertainment.

“As you can imagine, getting kids involved in our live show is a slam dunk for us,” said lead singer and songwriter Mike Paterson of Algonquin. “We know what kids like to do and what they’re willing to do.”

The band fits right in at a festival chock-full of activities geared toward families.

Along with live bands every night, the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival – slated for Aug. 29-31 at Sunset Park – features a carnival, Arts and Crafts show, the unique Melon Propellin’ competition, a Got Talent show, a parade, fireworks and more.

It’s one last hoorah to summer.

Performing Aug. 30, HiFi Superstar is all about entertaining these days, having been together about seven years and recording several albums.

The band’s accolades through the years have included a Billboard Award win for the song “Milk & Honey,” written by Paterson, and an MTV Video Music Award in 2009 for “Superstar,” the title song off the band’s album of the same name.

HiFi Superstar has played with performers Missing Persons, Tommy Tutone, Stryper, Cheap Trick and “American Idol’s” Bo Bice.

“We haven’t done much recording lately as far as new material, but we’ve been trying to craft our live show so it’s as entertaining as possible,” Paterson said. “We think it’s a good point to include everyone that comes to the festival environment from the kids to the older people. We like to just keep as interactive as possible.”

Paterson’s songs through the years have reflected his life. Along with “Superstar,” one of his favorites is “Middle of Nowhere,” a song about raising kids.

The song begins, “Whenever you’re ready, I’ll be waiting by the door. Haven’t we done this at least a couple times before. So many questions, ‘til we get there we’ll never know. Both so excited, here we go.”

The band hasn’t swayed from the style of music it started out with, and band members have remained friends since the beginning, Paterson said, aiming only to have fun and make each other laugh.

Plans are to start recording a new album this winter.

“We’ve kept our music very easy. It’s very in style. It’s kind of a like a pop rock sound, but we have integrity with the lyrics and subject matter we choose. It’s for the most part really positive music and really easy to sing along to. ...

“When people come to our show, we like to tell them they’re entering into a musical journey. We’ll be doing music from different genres, from movies, and most of it is familiar to everybody. Hopefully, you’ll be sweating by the end.”

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