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Riverbend Earth Day Festival
The Nature Institute is excited to host the annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Piasa Harbor in Godfrey, IL. Let's celebrate Earth Day together for this celebration of nature, music, food and the arts. Guests can participate in organized hiking, paddling, enjoy fresh, local foods, and peruse unique goods by local vendors and artists. Other features will include live music, children activities, hands-on informational booths, and more!
Black & Blues at Old Bakery Beer Co.
Celebrate 1 year of being in business with Old Bakery Beer Co. by enjoying black beer tastings from 20+ local breweries, BBQ specials, and old school blues spinning all day by the Funky Brew Crew. The celebration starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $30/person; $35/person day of event.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Colleen McHugh Sings Streisand
iTunes Essential Artist and award-winning Cabaret luminary Colleen McHugh triumphantly returns to Chicago. A veteran of the illustrious Second City Touring Company, McHugh has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Wall Street Journal dubs her “a master of old-school cabaret,” and “not to mention funny, funny, funny.” In her Streisand retrospective McHugh sheds light on the diva’s early career performing in NYC nightclubs, on Broadway, and her transition to Hollywood. Featuring eminent musical director Tedd Firth on piano, songs include “People,” and “Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking).”
Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Ravinia
Celebrate the songs of and career of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with this groundbreaking orchestral project featuring Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) plus a live orchestra. Relive Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows with this incredible collaboration!
Brown County Fair
Fun and entertianment for all! Events include Little Mr. & Miss and Queen pageants, horse races, tractor pull, demo derby, food, carnival rides, livestock and expo building displays. The Whistle Stop Depot Museum and Ferguson School will be open each evening.
Cavatina Duo and Avalon String Quartet at Ravinia
Since winning a competition in the Netherlands in 1996, the Cavatina Duo has captivated hundreds of audiences with electrifying performances in over 20 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The duo's repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is pieces inspired by the folk music of their native lands.
Fifth House Ensemble at Ravinia
The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group. They are defined by its limitless imagination and energy, and an insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types. 5HE harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design.
Located in Rock Falls Uptown District, The Cooler is attracting regional & nationally known bands and is a great bar featuring live music every weekend!
Join us as we celebrate freedom, family, and country with our historical Underground Railroad program. Enjoy history displays, interactive interpretive hikes, traditional music, wild edibles, crafts and much more. 10AM-3PM.
Duran Duran With Chic at Ravinia
Duran Duran is on the road in support of their 14th studio album, Paper Gods. Focusing on the new album and performing some of the favorites should make this a concert not to be missed.
Muriel Anderson at the Prairie Center for the Arts
A journey around the world in photos and stunning visuals by award winning photo-artist Bryan Allen with original music and arrangements by Muriel Anderson on harp guitar, flamenco/classic guitars. A new concept in music presentation.
Old Capitol Art Fair
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children's tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices - a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving you with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including "You've Got a Friend", "Natural Woman", "It's Too Late", "So Far Away", "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Beautiful." Starts at 8:00 pm.
This wildly entertaining interactive musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting , dancing and laughing so hard you'll be doubled over. Matinee show includes: lunch and show, $40 per person. Evening show is $45 per person and includes wine tasting, dinner buffet and show. Advanced reservations required. Please call 815-220-7386.
Everett Dean Remembering the King: A Tribute to Elvis
Everett Dean Remembering The King: A Tribute to Elvis will provide the good old rock n roll. Also Appearing are the ultimate show band, Cat Sass, Special guest performance by Slick Willie & Tribute to Buddy Holly, $20 per person, 10% discount on groups of 10 or more, Cash Bar. 5PM Doors open; 6PM show time.
Joined in a lively and colorful trio, the outstanding artists of Ensemble Schumann present works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich and many others.
"The Last 5 Years" at Engle Lane
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
Jacksonville Symphony “Concert Jade Connections”
A Jacksonville favorite, stellar pianist Jade Simmons returns to help celebrate Maestro Allman’s Jade Anniversary season, performing Rachmaninott’s brilliant Piano Concert No. 2, a favorite of audiences world-wide. “No. 1 Maverick,” Ms. Simmons has been called a “musical force of nature”!
Taste of Mt. Vernon
Come and taste good food from Mt. Vernon Restaurants & Caterers while listening to music and highlighting downtown improvements.
Rock Star 2016 at Starved Rock
Who will be Starved Rock's Rock Star in 2016? Join us on February 18, February 25, March 3 and March 10 and see who wins this annual karaoke contest! Enter if you want a change at the title of 2016 Rock Star. This contest starts on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. Come early and join us for dinner. Rock Star is sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge, WLPO, WAJK and WOLF radio stations. Contact Starved Rock Lodge at 815-220-7375 for more information.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Pops: Gershwin Celebration
Catfish Row springs to life when the IPO's esteemed Conductor Laureate Maestro Carmon DeLeone brings to the stage an all-Gershwin pops program. From the opening notes of the rumba-inspired Cuban Overture to the treasured and touching ballads of Porgy and Bess, listeners will be enchanted by Gershwin's musical genius and his ability to blend sophisticated structures with audience-appealing styles. The evening features acclaimed soloists: Alfreda Burke (soprano), Michael Preacely (baritone) and Michael Chertock (piano). "...just the ticket to lure classical music buffs away from their customary downtown-Chicago migration patterns." ~Chicago Tribune on the IPO
Ericson Holt - Blues & Soul
The Sandwich Opera House presents Ericson Hold, a varied blues and soul influenced singer and songwriter. Included in the show will be a special appearance by Jennifer Lowe of the CoverGirls.