Many big names in music have spent Independence Day in Dublin.

Many big names in music have spent Independence Day in Dublin.

The annual concert organized by the city of Dublin as part of Independence Day festivities began in 1994 with a performance by Chubby Checker.

Community relations director Sandra Puskarcik said they pulled the concert together in six short weeks.

Staff now puts a lot more time into luring entertainers to Dublin for the free concert, taking requests from residents and talking to booking agents.

On-field tables for this weekend's concert with Kenny Loggins, of "Footloose," "Top Gun" and Loggins and Messina fame are sold out.

The concert begins with local performers at 5 p.m. at the Coffman High School stadium, 6780 Coffman Road. Community events coordinator Mary Jo DiSalvo said she's expecting a big crowd for the free seats in the bleachers of Coffman High School Stadium.

But Loggins isn't the first sold-out concert. Previous Dublin entertainers include:

1994: Chubby Checker

1995: Dion

1996: Little Anthony and Original Imperials

1997: Frankie Avalon and Jan & Dean

1998: Peter Noone and Davy Jones

1999: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Tokens and the Shangri-Las

2000: Mary Wilson of the Supremes, the Miracles, the Drifters, Jay & the Techniques, and Cornell Gunter's Coasters

2001: Little Richard, Mitch Ryder, Lou Christie, the Marvelettes, Billy J. Kramer and Andy Kim

2002: David Cassidy and Don McLean

2003: Tommy James

2004: Kool and the Gang with Sheena Easton

2005: Huey Lewis and the News

2006: Pat Benatar

2007: KC and the Sunshine Band and the Village People

2008: Rick Springfield

2009: Boyz II Men and the Four Tops