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This music's truly a tribute: Tribute Island fest continues in Kenosha
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This music's truly a tribute: Tribute Island fest continues in Kenosha

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Rat Salad, Killmister and Peephole might not be for everyone.

But for those attending the nation’s largest tribute band festival, if you don’t enjoy one band there’s always another one ready to please.

Tribute Island, a three-day music festival featuring five stages and 58 cover bands, continued on Saturday and wraps up today at Simmons Island, 5001 Simmons Island Drive.

A massive cover band festival doesn’t arrive without a variety of interesting band names.

There are the logical ones such as Jak Crowes (Black Crowes), Forever Shania (Shania Twain), Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) and Ten (Pearl Jam), and the rather unique ones like Rat Salad (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath), Killmister (Lemmy/Motorhead) and Peephole (System of a Down).

“We researched it,” event organizer Frank Carmichael said. “We’re not the largest tribute festival in the world. There’s a bigger one in the UK. Here in the States, we’re the largest.”

Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin cover band, performed in front of a packed hill in front of the Simmons Island Beach House on a sizzling Friday night.

“They had a nice crowd,” Carmichael said. “They truly are considered one of the preeminent Led Zeppelin tribute bands. They’ve been together since the 80s and play at some pretty big venues.”

Kurt Cogswell, 56, of Hebron, Ind., drove over two hours to spend his weekend listening to music in front of a beautiful lakefront setting.

“I like the big variety of different music,” Cogswell said. “You can go see just about any band you want without being jammed together somewhere.”

The festival is held throughout Simmons Island, which is blocked off to traffic and accommodating for patrons to walk freely from one stage to another.

“It’s rather comfortable,” said Dan Laurigan, 46, of Kenosha. “It’s not as busy as Summerfest, which can be just a zoo. I’d rather be able to sit back and relax.”

The event continues today at noon. A variety of food, beverage and merchandise is available throughout the festival grounds. There are 16-ounce domestic beers offered for $5.

Single-day tickets are $20. The can be purchased at tributeisland.com or at the gate.

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