• Live music
  • Live band karaoke
  • Live podcast recording
  • Beer
  • Good vibes

All events will take place at Pig Minds Brewing, 4080 Steele Drive in the Rockford suburb of Machesney Park, Illinois.

All events are free.

Come experience the euphoria that is watching Rockin’ the Suburbs being recorded. You will talk about it for years and pass down stories to your children and grandchildren.

The show will feature live music by and interviews with local artists (check back for the lineup). And we encourage audience participation – get your voice on the show!

Emily Hurd
Michael Whyte
Phil Yates
Amanee Avery
JF Gaziano

We’ll start off the night with an open mic. Step up on stage and perform.

Then we’ll transition into live band karaoke – Frank Muffin, a rockin’ band from Lafayette IN, will have about 75 well-known songs ready. All you need to do is sign up, step up, sing the lyrics off a teleprompter and live out your rock ‘n’ roll dreams.

We are planning a three-band bill: Frank Muffin (alt rock), Half Catholic (power pop) and the Lone Canary (Americana).

Come rock out with Rockin’ the Suburbs!!

Allegiant Air serves the Chicago Rockford International Airport. Three other airports are in the region: Chicago O’Hare (75 miles away), Dane County Regional Airport in Madison WI (75 miles away), Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (90 miles away).

There is bus service available from Chicago O’Hare to Rockford:

We have reserved a block of rooms at a discount rate of $129/night at Riverview Inn & Suites, 700 Riverside Blvd.

Reserve your room at this link:

Or by calling the hotel directly at (815) 282-3033 and using the group name “Suburbs Fest” and/or the group number RB60E2.

Keep in touch with fellow Fest-goers and organize rides (including from the airport) and meals (and drinks).

Join this Facebook group: