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Belinda Carlisle to headline Northalsted Market Days

By Tony Peregrin

For RedEye

3:24 PM CST, February 25, 2014

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We got the beat, Chicago: Belinda Carlisle will headline the 2014 Northalsted Market Days.

The former Go-Go's lead vocalist is set to open the 33rd annual Market Days at 1 p.m. Aug. 9. It's the first time a headliner has officially launched the event according to Jen Gordon, spokesperson for the Northalsted Business Alliance.

"Belinda Carlisle has such a broad appeal. She appeals to young, old, LGBT, straight—everyone. We've been trying to get her for Pride Fest or Market Days for a long time," Gordon told RedEye Tuesday. "Last year, there was a conflict because she was [performing] at Ravinia—but this year she's ours."

The Go-Go's are one of the most successful and iconic all-female acts in history, with hits such as "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips are Sealed" and "Head Over Heels." Carlisle also has a successful solo career with hits including "Mad About You," "I Get Weak," "Circle in the Sand, "Leave a Light On" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth."

"The Collection," Carlisle's new greatest hits collection, will be released next month and will feature 18 tracks, including one new song titled "Goodbye Just Go."

Aaron Carter—the singer who rose to fame as the younger brother of former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter—was a surprise hit at the 2013 Market Days and will again be part of the festival's line-up this year. Additional acts will be announced over the next couple of weeks, Gordon said.

The Boystown event—reportedly the largest two-day street fest in the Midwest— attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of vendors each year. Northalsted Market Days 2014 runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10.

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