Freedom Fest in La Crosse unveils musical lineup

Event scheduled for July 18 at UW-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex

Organizers of Freedom Fest unveiled the musical lineups for this year’s event.

“Heart” and Phillip Phillips, the winner of the 11th season of “American Idol,” will perform on Saturday, July 18 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. “The Remainders” will also perform.

This will be the eighth year of the event, which benefits veterans’ causes in Wisconsin, including raising money for area veterans attending college.

Organizers said they are happy with the size of Freedom Fest.

“I don’t want to get it where it’s so large where you really lose the meaning of the event,” said LHI Founder and CEO Don Weber.  “It’s a special festival to honor special families and people.”

In between the headline acts, scholarship recipients will be recognized and Weber will give a moving tribute to Wisconsin’s “Fallen Heroes,” the men and women who have given their lives in service to the U.S. Military.

So far the event has raised nearly $400,000 and awarded $118,000 in scholarships for returning service members pursuing an education at a University of Wisconsin System institution.      

Organizers hope to avoid any inclement weather this year. Last year’s event, which was held on Father’s Day weekend, was stopped halfway because of storms in the area.

Tickers will be available starting May 1 at area Festival Foods stores and on the Freedom Fest website,

Before the concert, the annual Freedom Fest Motorcycle Ride will take place in commemoration of veterans.