Headliner Act at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series

We hope you enjoyed ROCKIN’ with Echosmith at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series! Stay tuned for your 2017 headliner!




Grant Park

7:30 am – 9:30 am: Hello Heart

9:45 am – 10:00 am: Awards Ceremony

10:00 am – 11:15 am: Echosmith

11:15 am – 12:00 pm: DJ Set

Entertainment on the Course

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of #RNRCHI. No matter what distance you run, enjoy a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz, acapella and soul along the race course. Runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets”.

Half marathoners, be aware that City Officials have told us we can’t wake up The Loop neighborhood with amplified music on race morning, but fear not, we’ve got your sensory experience covered! Your first five miles will feature unique entertainment that reflects Chicago’s energy – acapella groups, cheer stations and more. And just after mile five, ditch your headphones ‘cos that’s where the amps get cranked!!

Course band spotlight

Take a closer look at some of the bands you’ll see on course. There’s plenty more where this came from!:

The Sixth Generation – 5K & 10K Mile 2

The Sixth Generation had its first hit in 1967 when “This Is The Time” successfully propelled the young band to the forefront of the local music scene and beyond. However, after a 40-year hiatus, The Sixth Gen brings new meaning to the adage ‘let’s get the band back together’ when, in 2011, the original members once again started touring and recording. Recent hits “Rock and Roll With Me”, “Rock On England”, “Dance On The Wind” and “Livin’ In A Small Town” earned worldwide fans and world class gig venues.  The band’s newest album “Feelin’ Good” is currently #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and is already inspiring comments about a possible Grammy.


Tsukasa Taiko – Half Marathon Mile 8

Tsukasa Taiko is a community arts program whose mission is, through teaching and performing, to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of Japanese art as a cultural legacy, to instill appreciation for artistic excellence, and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko (Japanese drum) art form. Their beats will have you pounding the streets with renewed energy and rhythm.


Butterfly in Traffic – Half Marathon Mile 10.5

Butterfly in Traffic is an all-Original rock group based in Chicago. They formed in 2009, and play a folksy blend of rock and blues. Led by the lead vocals and guitar of Ed Gershon, BiT also features the bass anchor of Matt Moreno, the rollicking drums of Grant Niebergall and the jazz/rock lead guitar of Thomas Ott. Their full length release ‘Constant State of Motion’ is now available on iTunes if you want to get a little pre-race preview.


The Sheryl and Tom Duet – Half Marathon Mile 12, 10K Mile 5

The Sheryl and Tom Duet is a fun based pop rock band formed in the north suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Singing together since they met in 1981, Sheryl and Tom began playing 50s and 60s covers for the public in 1998. Fresh original music soon followed and their set list has variety  to suit all age groups. Sheryl and Tom’s sweet harmony pop songs with simple but meaningful lyrics and a catchy hook will get you tapping your toes and singing along!


Doug James and The Pocket – Half Marathon Mile 12.5, 10K Mile 5.5

In 2010, former Chicago Radio DJ Doug James recruited a veteran band of Chicago musicians to form Doug James and The Pocket. Since then they’ve been tearing through Chicagoland with shows at The House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Hard Rock Cafe, The Store, Harlem Ave Lounge, Reggies, Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest and other venues. They’ve appeared on WGN-TV’s Friday Midday Music Show and as frequent guests on the Hambone Blues Radio Show on WCFB 90.9FM . You can check out their CD, “Leg Up” which captures the band’s energy and fun.


Note, band locations are approximate.

Spirit on the Course

Attention Cheer teams and Dance Squads: We need you! College, high school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to compete in the Spirit on the Course competition. Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, smiles and enthusiasm are required. Every squad receives a minimum donation of $100-$150 for participating, PLUS compete for the grand prize of $1,000!

Interested squads should email: rnrchi@competitorgroup.com for more information.