Woodstock, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Lilith Fair, Bonnaroo.
And now Naperville.
Taking stage from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, the School of Rock Summer Music Fest will give a youthful nod to the world's colossal music festivals, featuring a dozen different performances by students at the schools in Naperville, Elmhurst and Hinsdale.
"This year is our biggest yet with over 350 students performing and featuring separate tributes to 12 different iconic music festivals," said Joanna Vassilatos, general manager of Naperville's School of Rock. "The students performing range in age from 6 to 17."
Taking place in the Naperville Community Concert Center on the grounds of Central Park in downtown Naperville, organizers are expecting the fest, which is in its second year, to draw upward of 3,000 people.
"It's a very family-friendly event," Vassilatos said. "We at School of Rock run programs for ages 2 to 99, and the festival will feature an Instrument Petting Zoo where kids 2 to 18 will get a chance to play with the different instruments we teach: guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocals."
The outdoor festival is a natural extension for the school.
"We put on shows all the time — this is the backbone of the School of Rock method and philosophy, to get kids on stage and playing shows ASAP," Vassilatos said. "Our students often play professional rock venues in and around Chicago. We are always looking for ways to enhance their educational experience, and playing an outdoor summer festival — which is vastly different than playing an indoor mid-sized rock club —i s one way to do this."
Rocking out at an outdoor festival requires the kids to develop a different set of playing and personal skills, Vassilatos said.
"We also feel it's very important for our two sister schools, SOR Hinsdale and SOR Elmhurst students, to co-mingle and meet other talented musicians of their age," she said. "We hope they find additional friends and bandmates through this process."
Who knows? Festival-goers might just witness the birth of a future headliner.
"It allows the community to witness and support the local student talent," Vassilatos said. "[It's an] opportunity to attend a summer music festival without having to drive into the city and pay the average ticket price."
The suggested donation of $10 goes toward the Rock School Scholarship Fund. Those under 12 are free.
Another goal for the school was to create a festival that was more accessible, especially for kids.
"It's easy for School of Rock Naperville students to invite their friends since it's outdoors and in the heart of Naperville, so people who might not normally be able to travel to the city and watch a performance might have an easier time getting to Central Park," Vassilatos said. "Get there early to enjoy the full day of music."
For more information, visit naperville.schoolofrock.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun