Music from three different decades will fill Foster Park and take concert-goers back in time this weekend for the annual three-day Haynes Apperson Festival.
This year’s headliners — Quiet Riot, Spin Doctors, and The Marshall Tucker Band — are known as “legends” of their respective decades, and festival organizer Paul Wyman anticipates they’ll pack the park.
“We are really excited about the entertainment lineup this year,” said Wyman, adding that the bands already are attracting out-of-state interest. “It’s exciting to see people come from all over, and they get to experience Kokomo and Howard County and see why we celebrate all the things that are great about our community.”
Headlining Thursday, July 4, the first night of the festival, is Quiet Riot, an ‘80s heavy metal band that’s known for hits such as “Cum on Feel the Noize,” “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” and “Metal Health.” The band also was recognized as the first heavy metal band to top the Billboard album charts.
Quiet Riot’s performance coincides with a planned summer release album.
Following the heavy metal band on Friday, June 5, is Spin Doctors, an American rock band that earned international recognition in the 1990s for its hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and 17, respectively.
The songs were part of the group’s debut studio album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” which went triple platinum and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Closing the festival on Saturday, June 6, is The Marshall Tucker Band, a Southern rock band that reached the height of its commercial success in the late 1970s with the release of the album “Carolina Dreams” that went platinum. It included the track “Heard It in a Love Song,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts.
A fireworks show will take place following The Marshall Tucker Band.
Over the past several years, Wyman said the quality of concerts has been successful in drawing not only those in the community to the park but also those from around the state and out-of-state.
“We see people from all over the state, the region, and believe it or not, we’ve had people from other countries come to concerts in the past,” Wyman said.
While the concerts are free, VIP tickets are available at The Wyman Group and Palmers Jewelers for $20 or $50 for all three nights.
As always, Howard County’s automotive heritage will be honored during the event with car shows all three days, including during the memorial parade on July 4. This year’s grand marshal is the Northwestern girls' basketball team for its state championship win, and there also will be a flyover on Main Street during the National Anthem at the beginning of the parade.
In addition, this year’s festival will return the Sports Festival, bringing with it karate, golf, and cornhole tournaments, a kids track meet, a Sun Stroke 74-mile bike ride, and Battle of the Gyms, to name a few. Details for these events and how to register can be found at haynesappersonfestival.org.
As always, there will be carnival rides and food vendors in Foster Park.
Wyman thanked the countless volunteers and sponsors who make the festival possible.
“This festival could not happen without the incredible volunteers that work year in and year out, so I just want to personally thank our entire board of directors,” he said. “And, as you can image, without having community partners like our awesome sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to put on a festival of this magnitude. I thank them as well.”