JOLIET – Award-winning husband/wife country duo Thompson Square is returning to Joliet on Saturday, officially this time.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson had actually visited Joliet last week, but not to perform. The Thompsons were traveling from one performance to the next and Joliet was on the way.
“We had a day off,” Shawna said, “so our drivers rested and we hung out at the mall.”
Shawna is thrilled she and Keifer are part of this year’s Taste of Joliet and feels their show has something to offer loyal fans as well as music lovers looking to hear something new.
“There’s a lot of guitars and it’s very high energy,” Keifer said. “It’s not a boring show, that’s for sure.”
Married for 15 years, the Thompsons met each other in 1996 after they both relocated to Nashville – Shawna from Alabama and Keifer from Oklahoma – and participated in the same singing competition.
“We’ve been singing together ever since,” Shawna said.
It’s been a sweet ride. Thompson Square’s breakthrough, Grammy-nominated song, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” has earned more than $2 million in sales. “Everything I Shouldn’t be Thinking About” was a Top 5 U.S. Country Radio hit, according to a press release from the duo’s management company.
In 2012, both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association named Thompson Square “Vocal Duo of the Year” and ACM repeated that honor in 2013, according to that same release.
The couple has also released a novel based on their song, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” They are also the celebrity ambassadors of ChildFund International.
The couple is currently working on a new album, scheduled for release in November 2014, Shauna said. Unfamiliar with Thompson Square? Expect plenty of enthusiastic audience participation, Keifer said. Fans love to sing along with the duo and not just the familiar hit singles.
“They know a lot of the album tracks, too,” Shauna said.
This couple’s mutual love of cooking and great food makes Taste of Joliet the perfect venue for Thompson Square. When the Thompsons are not performing, they intend to do plenty of tasting.
“We’re up for whatever is there,” Shawna said.
IF YOU GO
Taste of Joliet entertainment lineup at ATI Field Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet is as follows:
• 5:30 p.m. ARRA
• 7 p.m. 7th Heaven
• 9 p.m. Sammy Hagar
• 4 p.m. Dan + Shay
• 5:30 p.m. Eric Paslay
• 7:15 p.m. Brett Eldredge
• 9 p.m. Thompson Square
• 11:30 a.m. Radio Disney Road Crew
• 12:30 p.m. Radio Disney LIVE! Win, Lose or Draw Edition
• 1 p.m. Olivia Holt meet and greet
• 2:30 p.m. Skinny Williams
• 4:30 p.m. American English
General admission tickets are $10 advance/$15 door; front section tickets are $20, available for Sunday only. Carnival mega passes, good for unlimited rides during the entire festival, are $50. Advance tickets available at tasteofjoliet.com/purchase-tickets.php.
Wristbands will be distributed at 11a.m. in the Radio Disney Live booth. One wristband per person, while supplies last. Must be present to receive wristband. Event is subject to change, delay or cancellation. For more information, visit tasteofjoliet.com.