Peoria Heights Music Fest kicks off

By WEEK Producer

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. -- It may not be Chicago's Lollapalooza, but it's closer and more affordable.

The sixth annual Peoria Heights Music Fest kicked off in Tower Park Friday night. The two day event features music, food, beer, and even inflatables for the kids and best of all, it's free to attend.

On Friday, three bands took the stage, including the return of "Five Guys Named Moe," who say they don't mind playing to a smaller crowd.

"The intimacy is really cool. The closer we are to the audience, the better. That's where the magic happens. If you're at a big stadium or far away, 100 or 200 feet, you lose the lust. You lose the magic," said Jose Rivera, lead singer of "Five Guys Named Moe."

On Saturday, the festival starts up at noon with Truman's Ridge starting the music at 2. That's followed by Caribbean Sol at 4, Celtricity featuring Barry Cloyd at 6, and Drive-train featuring Nick Boettcher wrapping it all up starting at 8:15.

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