Free concerts by headline entertainers will put the focus on the Main Stage at O’Fallon Missouri’s Heritage & Freedom Fest. Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Special Guest World Classic Rockers will take the stage on Tuesday, July 4, and country music’s Eric Paslay will perform on Monday, July 3. The Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T. R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Festival information and song samples are available at www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
“We’re excited to bring classic rock ‘n roll back to our Heritage & Freedom Fest with these outstanding, nationally-known entertainers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and World Classic Rockers,” said O’Fallon’s Mayor, Bill Hennessy. “On July 4th, we’ll hear artists who created the music that defined a generation.”
“On July 3rd, Eric Paslay, one of the most entertaining and original singer-songwriters on the country music scene today, will perform live on the Main Stage. Our residents and visitors are in for two evenings of great music, followed by stupendous fireworks displays each of those nights.”
O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest kicks off on Sunday, July 2, with thrilling carnival rides, a colorful midway, Knockerball and other activities from 4–10 p.m. Carnival rides, the midway and Knockerball will be available through all three festival dates. (There will be no fireworks or Main Stage music on Sunday.)
Then, on Monday and Tuesday (July 3 and 4), the festival will get into full swing with free concerts, fireworks, free sideshows, free kids’ activities, and vendors offering festival food and merchandise. On Independence Day at 9:30 a.m., the biggest Fourth of July parade in St. Charles County will step off the corner of Main and Third streets and proceed north to Tom Ginnever and T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the festival entrance.
Country Music July 3
Honest, sometimes poignant and always entertaining, Eric Paslay delivers as a platinum-selling hit songwriter and dynamic performer.
Paslay has written or co-authored five Number 1 hits including, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts), and “Friday Night,” his smash lead single from his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album. USA Today called Paslay, “flat out-brilliant,” and American Songwriter cited his influence on country music.
As a recording artist, in 2016 the red-headed Texan was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’ s Charles Kelley and featuring Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley. The same year, “She Don’t Love You” snagged Paslay an ACM Awards nomination for “Song of the Year.” And his back beat-driven groove, “High Class,” has been released as the lead single from his latest album, Dressed in Black.
Rock ‘n Roll on July 4
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Music critic Jeb Wright was swept away by a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert. “I walked away with a wonderful feeling after witnessing timeless, historical music, performed to perfection,” he wrote. “Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only looks to the past in performing iconic songs, they bring them to the modern day.”
Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1995 drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and bass guitarist Stu Cook launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project to once again perform live and in concert the “swamp rock” hit songs that are the touchstones of a generation. Since then, Creedence Clearwater Revisited performances of classics that include “Fortunate Son,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Suzie Q,” “Proud Mary” and “Looking Out My Back Door,” have been heard around the globe and captured on their platinum-selling album, Recollection.
World Classic Rockers
Featuring former members of Journey, Santana, Steppenwolf, Boston and Lynyrd Skynyrd as the “ultimate classic rock all-star band,” World Classic Rockers bring audiences to their feet night after night in stage performances packed with hit after unforgettable hit, including: “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Born to be Wild,” “More Than a Feeling,” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Free parking will be available throughout the festival. For more information about O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest, including entertainment updates as the festival dates get closer, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.