Former guitarist of The Runaways will headline opening night of Streator 4th of July 4-day lineup

L.A. Guns cancelled their performance; opening spot for Lita Ford

Lita Ford — the former lead guitarist for the Runaways — will headline the musical lineup at Streator’s 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 8, at the Northpoint Plaza stage.

The rock musician has released albums in 2016, 2011 and 2009, among others. She performed “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with Ozzy Osbourne in 1989 that reached No. 8 in the Billboard charts.

She is replacing L.A. Guns, who were originally scheduled to perform but called off their tour in 2021. The Fourth of July Celebration Committee said it will look into bringing them back to the lineup in the future.

Enuff Z’ Nuff and 80s Bush also will perform July 8 on the Northpoint stage.

Streator’s 4th of July Celebration was postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic, but the celebration is returning this summer with four days of musical entertainment.

In addition to Lita Ford, Troy Cartwright will be joining Joe Nichols on the stage Friday, July 9. Cartwright was named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “10 new country acts you need to know.”

Buckcherry will headline the Saturday, July 10, stage with Adelitas Way, Burden of the Sky and Paralandra.

Colt Ford with Craig Gerdes will conclude the celebration with a performance Sunday, July 11.

General admission to all of the concerts is free. VIP tickets are available and include access to the section in front of the stage, with private restrooms and bars. VIP prices vary per night and multi-day passes are available. VIP passes are on sale at

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.