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Star of TV Show 'Nashville' to Headline Jeff Fest

Jonathan Jackson + Enation will headline the three-day fest. [Contributed photo]

JEFFERSON PARK — One of the stars of the television show "Nashville" will bring a little bit of Hollywood and Music City glitz to Jefferson Park as the headliner of Jeff Fest, set for July 24-26, organizers announced Tuesday.

Jonathan Jackson + Enation will headline the annual fest in Jefferson Memorial Park at 7 p.m. July 25, with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound closing the fest at 6 p.m. July 26, organizers said.

Jackson plays Avery Barkley on ABC's soapy music drama "Nashville," and also starred on "General Hospital." His band, a trio, recently released its fourth album, winning rave reviews for its alternative rock and pop sound.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound played Lollapalooza in 2012, and had a hit with its cover of the Wilco song "I am Trying to Break your Heart."

"We're proud of the musical lineup at this year's Jeff Fest," says Amie Zander, the executive director of the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce. "We put effort into getting top name musical talent such as Jonathan Jackson + Enation, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, plus we are bringing back some of the attendees' favorite entertainment such as the John Yost Drum Circle."

Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band, and Blackened, a Metallica tribute band, will perform Friday night, organizers said.

The fest's two stages will take over Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., from 6-11 p.m. July 24, from noon-11 p.m. July 25 and from noon-10 p.m. July 26. There will also be a Kids Zone, art for sale and a juried photo art competition, organizers said.

A family-picnic area will feature food from neighborhood favorites, including Gale Street Inn, Fischman's Liquors, Smilin Dawgs and Leadbelly Burgers, organizers said. Bud Light and Goose Island will be the featured beers at the festival, organizers said.

Linder Avenue will be blocked off between Higgins and Lawrence avenues during the fest.

Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from the fest fund scholarships for Jefferson Park students and benefit the Jefferson Park chamber, organizers said.

Admission is free for children 12 and younger, and adults older than 65.

Lawn chairs are welcome, but coolers and alcohol are prohibited, organizers said.

Tickets go on sale May 11 at jefffest.org.

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