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18th Annual River City Soul Fest – August 5 & 6, 2016

peoria-park-district-logoThe Peoria Park District is excited to announce that tickets for the 18th annual River City Soul Fest are now on sale. As one of Peoria’s signature community events, this two-day Gospel and R&B music festival will include a premier lineup of national acts on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th.

Tickets for Soul Fest – Gospel Night on Friday, August 5th will be $15 both in advance and at the door. Previous Gospel shows have featured Grammy award winners and nominees including Erica Campbell in 2014 and Ricky Dillard in 2015. This year, Dottie Peoples, a past Atlanta Choice Gospel Award winner, will headline an evening full of entertainment and uplifting and soulful Gospel tunes. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 6th features two headlining performances from R&B acts SWV and Carl Thomas. Formed in 1990 as a gospel group, SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including “Weak”, “Right Here/Human Nature”, “I’m So into You”, and “You’re the One”. Carl Thomas has sold over 4 million records during his career, with 2 Grammy Nominations, and has a couple of Soul Train nominations. A few of his songs include: “Summer Rain,” “I Wish,” and “Emotional.” Tickets for Saturday night will be $20 in advance and at the door. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Weekend passes will be available for $25. Tickets can be purchased at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront & Peoria Heights, Co-Op Record Stores, Janet’s Just For You and online at

For more information call 309-689-3019 or visit,