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Dawg Daze of Summer
A fun afternoon at Alto Vineyards for family and friends including canine friends. Enjoy music from Rural Kings Bluegrass, The Bankesters, Jenny Johnson Band, and The Swamp Tigers. There will be food, beverages, pet related exhibits and vendors and watering stations for the dogs This is a family and pet friendly event! Pets must be leashed and current on vaccines.
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
The 4,000 seat Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater hosts a variety of events from community festivals to live concerts throughout the summer months. With the Mighty Mississippi River as a backdrop, bring your blanket and spread out for an evening under the stars. Check out our website for a list of upcoming events.
Feed the Need Concert: Rodney Atkins Featuring Jana Kramer
Listen to the sounds of country star Rodney Atkins with special guest Jana Kramer. The Harmans Family Band will be the opening act. Atkins, an East Tennessee native, has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: he?s had five number one hits from his first three albums, from "Watching You" and "These Are My People" to his most recent smash, "Farmer?s Daughter," For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Live music venue and pub with full bar. Two stages and an extensive sound system accommodates a variety of live music and entertainment ranging from original songwriters, local talent and regional acts. Open F & S 4 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Enjoy an evening of jazz celebrating the music and life of one the true giants of jazz music - Miles Davis. There will be entertainment by Fred Walker, Dilbert Caldwell Band, Me and Bob, and Phil Dunlap Nonet. This event benefits the Alton Museum of History and Art. Admission is $20 per person.
Alton Food Truck Festival
This event will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater’s concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival’s headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. A special VIP ticket can be purchased for an upgraded experience that includes parking close to the venue and complimentary drink tickets. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
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.
Rockin' with Robert Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music at the Robert Wadlow statue. Stop by the statue for a summer of monthly concerts. All concerts are free and open to the public. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. 2016 concerts will be held on June 21, July 19 and August 16 starting at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Upper Alton Association at 618-465-6303 or 618-466-0100.
Alton Muny Band: Riverview Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Thursday evening June 9 - August 11 all starting at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public.These concerts take place every Sunday evening June 12- August 7 all starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park
Please join us for our 5th Annual Summer Kick Off at Haskell Park! Celebrating the return of the Alton Muny Band concert season. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. with the Muny Band Concert at 7 p.m. The Bubble Bus will be returning, our good friends at The Bridge will be providing hot dogs, and there will be free snow cones! Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, music and bubbles!
Alton Fireworks Spectacular
Watch one of the few places in the country where fireworks are shot over the Mississippi River in downtown Alton. The Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats are scheduled to perform before the fireworks show. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
The Charlie Daniels Band at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
WIL welcomes The Charlie Daniels Band to Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. The Charlie Daniels Band was formed in 1972 and is known for its No. 1 hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. The band has won five CMA awards including Single of the Year (1979), Group of the Year (1979 & 1980) and Founding Presidents Award (1980). It has also won two Grammy Awards for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Album (1996) and for Best Performance by a Group or Duo (1979). The band also has multiple Platinum and Gold albums. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Travis Tritt at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
More than 27-years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led for Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award.
2nd Annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival & Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise
We are very excited to welcome you, your friends, and your family to the second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival Have a pork steak, enjoy an ear of corn, chill with some refreshments, stroll through our classic cars, let your kids play in the Kidzone and enjoy the music. For more information, call (618) 550-9291 or email Greg@bluffcitytours.com
The Fog Lights at Jacoby Arts Center
The Fog Lights have been a long time coming. After a year of playing shows and recording, their album "Manhassett" debuts on July 25th. The first single- "Lead the Way"- features the pair's sweet, high harmonies and dual acoustic guitars, backed with brushed drums and bursts of harmonica. Under it all, gently subversive banjo anchors the folked-ip aesthetic that runs through the album. Loading with chirped strums and warm harmonies. "Manhassett" is minimalist and delicate, sometimes forgoing instruments for punctuated a cappella single lines.For more information, call (618) 462-5222.
Alton Marina 20th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alton Marina with music by The Boat Drunks, a year-in-review slideshow hosted by Elite Events and Black Iron BBQ will be there for all your BBQ needs! For more information, call (618) 462-9860.
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
More than 40 productions and 360 performances each year ranging from musical theatre, plays, live music, dance, family shows, The Second City Comedy and professional regional children's theatre.
Arlington International Racecourse
At Arlington International, we aim to make every day of the season special by combining the excitement of thoroughbred racing, gorgeous grounds and fantastic food to create a winning track experience for our guests! Whether you're looking for a fun and exciting day out with friends and family, a casual and charming afternoon at the races, or a sophisticated and stylish get-together, Arlington International offers an extraordinary experience for everyone! Live racing and entertainment from May through September or find a full calendar of race dates and events at arlingtonpark.com.
Big Shot Piano Lounge & Restaurant
Big Shot is an upscale Restaurant & Piano Bar. A cozy place to meet, eat, and drink while listening and interacting with talented musicians. From the warm atmosphere to the variety of enticing menu items, this intimate spot will showcase live talent every night. The extremely friendly restaurant will invite its patrons to participate and sing along with new songs performed by talented professionals. This will definitely be a place to start and end an evening.
Rent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center
The Rock Musical that defined a generation and won 4 Tony awards is filled with iconic songs including Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me, and more. The story centers around a group of artists trying to make it in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic and the struggles they face, both professionally and personally. Hailed by The New York Times as an “Exhilarating, landmark rock opera…can be integrated into a character-driven story for the stage with wildly affecting success.”
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
From the flip of that first pancake at the Firehouse Saturday morning to the last bit of cheese is given away Labor Day afternoon the residents of the Arthur area, along with our mascots Artie Mouse and Miss Slice, invite you to come enjoy the weekend of festivities. We want you to enjoy the main festival area downtown, our businesses along Route 133 as well as the surrounding Amish community and businesses in the beautiful countryside – we are Illinois’ Longest Main Street and we’d love you to visit! See you at the 44th Annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3 through Monday, September 5.
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
The 4th Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festivall will be held at The Great Pumpkin Patch this year. Headliners include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Blue Mafia. The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees. All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.
8th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
Friday and Saturday performances and a Sunday morning gospel show.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
The village of Ashton will host 3 days of live music, entertainment, activities for young and old along with food and fun! Several outstanding local and regionally known bands will be performing live such as American Idol Contestant Tristan Bushman, Burn N' Bush, Ethan Bell Band, Trippin Molly and Snap Shot! For the kids the Great American Carnival will be on the HS grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
This theatre offers affordable, live entertainment, comedy, concerts, dance and family shows. Group discounts/theatre rentals; perfect for meetings, performances, fundraisers and banquets.
Recently named one of the Top Ten Theatres in Chicago by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount continues to provide world-class entertainment—including dance, music, Broadway-caliber theatre, and children’s programming—for an annual audience of 150,000 patrons from over 250 communities. The Paramount also hosts free community events and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. (Photography: Liz Lauren & Charles Osgood)
Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Two Brothers Summer Festival is a growing, weekend long music, food and beer festival focused on charity and community. The idea stems from the ideologies of the Ebel brothers, owners of the Two Brothers Brewing Company. Two Brothers Summer Festival was created to raise money and awareness for a growing list of charities, as well as give back to the local and regional community. Two Brothers Brewing Company is proud to have granted several wishes via the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped a number of other children’s charities in its 18 years. This year The Two Brothers Brewing Company will donate net proceeds from the festival to Make a Wish Illinois and local charities. Music lineup includes Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX.
Blues On The Fox at RiverEdge Park
Blues on the Fox is a 20-year Aurora tradition, and this season, it’s bigger than ever. From Friday to Saturday RiverEdge Park becomes home to the hottest blues artists. It’s a weekend of cold beer, smokin’ music and a good time, all while overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Friday: The Robert Cray Band, Marcia Ball Saturday: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Larry McCray, Leland Tickets on sale now.
Fox Valley Irish Festival at RiverEdge Park
No need to fly across the pond to get in on all that Irish fun. With beer and whiskey tastings, vendors offering phenomenal Irish fare, crafts and games for the kids and, of course, the hottest Irish bands around, the 2nd Annual Fox Valley Irish Fest is the biggest Irish party the Chicago suburbs have ever seen. There’s a little Irish in all of us – come celebrate the food, drink, music and spirit of the Emerald Isle at the Park. There’s something for the whole family at Irish Fest. There’s a huge children’s play area filled with crafts and games, Irish beer will be flowing, and tons of cool vendors will be offering authentic Irish food, gifts and more. Then, when the sun starts to go down over the green hills of the Park, to see three of the hottest Irish bands: Brendan Loughrey, The Ploughboys and The Mahones.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
Culture Stock is a social venture that operates as a hub for cultural activities and community programs while serving as a used book and media re-seller. Culture Stock, located in the heart of Downtown Aurora, offers up-and-coming musicians, poets and other artists a place to display their talents. Stop in for a taste of Aurora's culture, read a good book in a cozy corner, listen to a new performer or join a language circle. Kids have events at Culture Stock too. Check their Facebook page for a Downtown Aurora cultural experience update today!
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Beach Boys & The Temptations: Surf & Soul Tour
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. And there’s no better place to do it than right on the banks of the Fox River. Calling The Beach Boys “legends” is an understatement. Their multi-layer harmonies, unmistakable 1960s surf rock sound and laid-back style launched them into worldwide fame, while simultaneously shaping the future of pop music forever. We like our surf with a side of soul, so joining The Beach Boys are the smooth, the soulful, and the funky Temptations. Known for their Motown smash hits “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Gates open at 5:30 pm - show starts at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and be early!
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Three years ago, Alice Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again. An environment for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. The Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm.
Willie Nelson & Family with Kris Kristofferson at RiverEdge Park
Living legend and outlaw country king, Willie Nelson is “On the Road Again” with his friend Kris Kristofferson. After Nashville in the 60s and 70s the braided Texas icon borrowed elements from jazz, rock, honky-tonk and the blues creating the unique, gravelly sound that made him famous.
“Weird Al” Yankovic at RiverEdge Park
The King of Parody in all his curly-haired, accordion-playing glory is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself. With a hilarious and wildly-popular musical style he is a true pop culture icon.
KC & the Sunshine Band at RiverEdge Park
The “Kings of Disco,” “Founders of the Dance Revolution” and the “Best R&B” hit the RiverEdge Park stage. Wear your bell-bottoms and boogie shoes for this upbeat, optimistic and a feel-good show.
Hollywood Vampires at RiverEdge Park
Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. They are an American Rock supergroup formed to honor the musicians who died due to excess in the 1970s.
Air Supply with Blood, Sweat and Tears at RiverEdge Park
Relish memories of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s hits that soundtracked your favorite moments of years past. Take a trip down memory lane and sing along with Air Supply and Blood, Sweat & Tears, live at the Park. An international music sensation with sweet harmonies and pared-down style Air Supply toured the world and dominated the airwaves with soft-rock ballads like “All Out of Love,” “Every Woman in the World” and “Sweet Dreams,” just to name a few. New York’s Blood, Sweat & Tears, inspired by The Buckingham’s newly-coined “brass-rock,” is popular for hits like “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die.” The original group’s heavy-on-the-horns and pop-rock-fusion sound still rings loud and clear at every single live show.
Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge at RiverEdge Park
This show is for the die-hard rock fan in all of us. First up is rock-n-roll powerhouse duo Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo. The couple used their fire-power chemistry to record the million-copy-selling “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” hit singles “We Belong,” “Invincible” and “Love is a Battlefield” and many more. Then, folk-rock star Melissa Etheridge brings us home. With Bruce Springsteen- and John Mellencamp-like vocals she made smash hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.”
Downtown Alive! American English at RiverEdge Park
Acclaimed Beatles’ Tribute Band: from that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show to the last note of Abbey Road, it’s a night of hit after bloody hit from Chicago’s very own American English.
Alan Jackson with Lauren Alaina at RiverEdge Park
Alan Jackson ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in country music. Jackson’s current album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was released last summer. Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Recently Lauren released a self-titled five-song EP including her latest single, “Next Boyfriend.” Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and returned to American Idol for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants.
Downtown Alive! 7th Heaven at RiverEdge Park
Chicago’s 7th Heaven has been an area staple for 3 decades, playing over 250 dates every single year. In addition to being kings of the Midwest’s cover band circuit, these talented dudes have opened for Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and Styx with their original material and classic favorites. If you’ve never experienced 7th Heaven’s world-famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley, get ready to be knocked off your feet. And if you have, you know what these guys are capable of. Set up your lawn chair, crack that cold one and get ready to sing along to your favorite hits from yesterday, today and maybe even the future… who knows what tunes these guys are going to bust out at the Park.
Boz Scaggs / America at RiverEdge Park
Blues-soul rocker Boz Scaggs is known for songs like “My Time” and “Slow Dancer.” The songs “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” were smash hits along with “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.” His most recent release, A Fool to Care, is a culmination, showcasing soulful originals, country covers and heartfelt features by fellow stars. With a discography as diverse and successful as his, this is going to be one incredible night. After rocking the U.K. charts with their 1971 single “Horse With No Name,” America brought the song to the U.S., where it debuted at #1. This dream team of musical talent recorded honest ballads, folk jams and even some trippy numbers, like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Tin Man.” Today, Gerry and Dewey are still touring together, bringing their classic sound to forever fans and newcomers alike.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
Last summer, these talented rockers lit up RiverEdge Park with shredding guitar, piercing vocals and a head-banging drum solo that made us feel like we were seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. This year, they’re bringing it all back, and then some. Get the Led Out’s mission is to perform songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door with the explosive energy the guys were known for.
8th Annual Two Brothers Summer Festival
The Best Beer, The Best Bands, For the Best Cause. Two Brothers Summer Festival is an annual music and beer festival with the ultimate goal of raising money for charity and providing a great experience for beer and music fans alike. Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 (June 3-4) marks the eighth year for this ever growing event with this year’s set to be the best and biggest yet. Hosted at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL, Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will feature headliners Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, The Lone Bellow and PHOX. It will also be the official release event for Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA and Hop Centric Black IPA, with a full lineup of Two Brothers beer and guest beers from breweries across the country to enjoy. Proceeds from Two Brothers Summer Festival 2016 will benefit local charities, including Make-A-Wish Illinois.
Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium
The mission of the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is to celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of Fermilab by actively fostering an appreciation of science and the performing arts in neighboring communities. Most of the Arts and Lecture Series performances and lectures take place in Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium.
Whether you're interested in science or just fishing in the ponds near the buffalo herd you're welcome at Fermilab. Take a self-guided tour of the laboratory, the Art Gallery and science and educational displays. View the grounds from the 15th floor observation area. Visitors may also visit the Lederman Science Center. Performing arts and lectures. Groups welcome by appointment. Public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and as part of the Ask-a-Scientist event on the first Sunday of each month.
Main Street Jazz & Blues
Join the group at this small intimate club featuring performers from St. Louis and the local area.
Wine, Dine & Jazz
Sample a variety of wines from local wineries while enjoying musical bands and a food court on the Pubic Square in downtown Belleville.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
FitzGerald's, just across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club "a musical gem" and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago. For special events, FitzGerald's offers a unique setting for all types of gatherings from 30 to 300. The family's award-winning restoration and classic look extends from its intimate private party room to the courtyard and legendary music club next door. An in house event planner can assist with any and all aspects of your event as needed.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
The Bishop Hill Chatquaqua
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with story telling and music. What is a Chautauqua anyway? President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is a exploration of American life and liberty. Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun! Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival
Bishop Hill village park is the center for the best eclectic gathering of folk/ethnic musicians of the Midwest. Featured performers will be Chiris Vallillo, Joel Mabus, Bahola, Chicago Spemanslag, Bill Robinson and more. Public is invited to attend this free festival offering live music, hands-on learning opportunities and workshops offered both days. Musicians performing on Saturday July 30, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m.: • Bohola (Celtic) • Paul Wilson & Mary Abendroth (Swedish) • Joel Mabus (old time and original Midwest Music) • Los Condenados Haustecos (Mexican) • Chicago Slemanslag (Swedish) • Volo Bogtrotters (old time string band) Musicians performing on Sunday July 31, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m.: • Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of May Marimba (Hispanic) • Chris Vallillo (Illinois root music) • Folk Nordland Band (Swedish) • Catfish Keith (Blues) • Bill Robinson; hammered dulcimer (Folk/Bluegrass)
Balloons Over Vermilion
Two-day event featuring up to 30 hot air balloons launching and tethering, as well as mass acents, fly ins and balloon glows at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Event will include food vendors, bands, children/family activity area and a Balloon School for Kids.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Well-loved and highly respected, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra continues to provide residents of Central Illinois with beautiful music and stirring concerts. The Symphony Orchestra performs at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts where they hold five Masterworks concerts, two Pops concerts and three Chamber Orchestra concerts annually. With great performances for music lovers of all ages, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra remains the region's premier professional orchestra. Call or visit the website for more information.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1922 to house the original American Passion Play, the former Scottish Rite Temple is the centerpiece of downtown Bloomington's Cultural District. The Performing Arts Center has a 1,200-seat theater and 1,000-person ballroom.
Twin Cities Ballet
Twin Cities Ballet is a civic ballet company and school of dance which attracts guest dancers throughout the year. The Nutcracker is a local tradition each December.
IWU Westbrook Auditorium
Approximately 200 music majors and several hundred additional IWU students participate in music activities at Westbrook Auditorium throughout the school year. Several musical performances of all style periods are featured each semester, and most concerts are free with general seating. Call or visit the website for more information on performances.
The Castle Theatre
Immediately upon entering the main performing area, visitors are reminded of the days when no expense was spared in building a theater. Rich in architectural details such as gilded columns, ornate friezes and art deco-inspired chandeliers, the Castle is the perfect link between Bloomington’s past, present and future. The Castle features local and national emerging and established touring artists in a variety of music types, including Rock, Alternative Rock , Americana, Alternative Country, Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Alternative. Additionally, the space may provide corporate events and weekend children’s musical performances during the day, with the balance of the calendar available to rent for private parties, shows, recitals and other events.
Mannheim Steamroller at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
Building community friendships and memories. Grand parade, battle of the bands, pet contest, children's parade, carnival, concessions, beer garden, and much more.
Chicago Open Air Music Festival
Bridgeview and Toyota Park will host the three-day debut of the Chicago Open Air music festival, which will feature performances by more than 60 rock music artists, an outdoor Gourmet Man Food and craft beer village and other entertainment.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
ByronFest, one of the finest family festivals in Northern Illinois, offers a wide variety of music, kid-friendly events, sports competitions, food booths and more! The main stage venues are located in Byron's downtown area and additional events are held in other venues throughout the city.
Henry County Fair
A week long summer event showcasing Henry County’s premier agricultural talent; area residents display their livestock, art and garden pride. Watch, or better yet, partake in the tractor pull or demolition derby. Food and carnival rides for all to enjoy.
Live entertainment. Monday night is jazz, Thursday offers an eclectic mix of local musicians, Sunday is DJ night.
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features 12 award-winning wineries located along a 25-mile scenic drive along highway 127 and highway 51 in the Shawnee National Forest. Along the way have a picnic, go on a hike, visit a shop, and stay in a cozy B&B or cabin. Many of the wineries host special events throughout the summer and fall.
The Varsity Center for the Arts
What started as a single-screen movie house in 1940 has become a power house for live music and community theater. This gorgeous theater is one of the greatest components to Carbondale's thriving art & culture scene, as it serves as home to the Jackson County Stage Company, which presents several plays during the year, and hosts the weekly Friday Night Film series. The Varsity serves as a venue for live entertainment during the Carbondale Rocks Revival, an annual city-wide music festival in addition to accommodating local and regional musicians during the year to bring the city exceptional entertainment.
The Hangar 9
Known for its wide selection of craft beer and hosting exceptional music, The Hangar 9 is arguably Carbondale's best venue for nightlife. Built to resemble an airplane hangar, the building is unmistakable. Located on The Strip in Downtown Carbondale, the bar brings everything from karaoke, open-mic, and trivia to recognizable national acts to the downtown.
Southern Illinois Music Festival
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 12th season, is presenting Rossini's final opera, William Tell, sung in French with projected English supertitles, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 7, 8, 10 and 11. This opera has only been produced in the United States three times in the last century, so this is an historic event. The Festival Orchestra will also perform a grand orchestral program of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, including the “Eroica” Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, featuring violinist, Michael Barta and cellist, Eric Lenz. The Festival will also present music by Mozart from 1776, including his three great violin concerti, the concerto for three pianos, the Serenata Notturno and the “Paris” Symphony. Mark your calendars for May 27 through June 13, 2016. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June.
Live on Main - Aaron Kamm & The One Drops/ Nikki Hill
The Carbondale Music Coalition and Carbondale Tourism will be hosting this "concert in the street!" Free live music will be held on Monroe street in Carbondale next to City Hall. Nikki Hill and Aaron Kamm will be performing! Everyone is welcome. Food and beer will be available for purchase.
Greene County Fair
This traditional county fair has been around since 1856 and continues to provide fun for the whole family! Don't miss the great food, entertainment, the annual Queen and Little Miss pageants, carnival rides, sand volleyball, mud drags, truck/tractor pulls, horse racing, and commercial vendors. Live music will fill the air in the evening. Check our Facebook page for updates. Admission fee is collected at the gate.
Carterville High School Performing Arts Theatre
This 750 seat theatre features a full orchestra pit, large stage, air conditioning and convenient and ample parking for audience members. From a performance standpoint, the auditorium also features a large backstage dressing area and wondrous acoustics.
Muscle Car & Truck Show at Walker’s Bluff
Walker’s Bluff is gearing up to host a Car Show on June 11th! This is a non-judged event. Vendor spaces are available. There will be live music by Zippy's Clutch as well as food, beer, and wine! Each participant will be entered into the raffle to win a Class 1 Chevrolet 350 Jasper Engine! All makes and models welcome! Awards at 6pm and Zippy's Clutch begins at 7pm! Register online before May 11th and receive a discount!
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music holds diverse collections of personal papers, archival records, and museum artifacts documenting America’s music heritage from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as scholarship produced by nationally and internationally recognized composers, musicians, conductors, and inventors. The Center is home to the world’s largest concentration of original compositions by John Philip Sousa, one of many significant historical collections that document the American band movement and the early evolution of electronic and avant-garde music. The Sousa Archives strives to provide exceptional service, programming, access, and tours of our collections to all visitors.
This traditional pub in Downtown Champaign is off the beaten path and likes it that way. A great selection of beers and a crowd of regulars keep this bar hopping. Live music weekly.
Serving only the finest bar food available, Joe’s is the home of the Super Bird and a great place to grab some tasty wings or burgers, as well as the best fish sandwich you’ll find anywhere. Joe’s continues to provide a high energy atmosphere only available on a college campus as well as great food at a reasonable price. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
State Farm Center
The State Farm Center™, formerly the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, is one of the two largest edge-supported domes in the world. More than half a million people annually attend events at the center. The 16,000 plus seat venue regularly accommodates Broadway shows, musicals and major concert performers.
Talk about setting the mood. With an atmosphere flushed with warm reds and bathed in caramel and gold lighting, the mood at Soma is always one of urbane expectation. Anything can happen here, and it does.
Since 1921, The Virginia Theater has been a landmark in the business district of Champaign and in the history of the region. For 75 years, the 1,525 seat theater has offered entertainment as a vaudeville house, legitimate theater, and movie house. The historic theater plays host to Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest Film Festival every spring.
A developing space for visual and performing artists and arts organizations. We are the home of Class Act Interactive, with classes and interactive experiences for children of all ages.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
The 2016 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will once again be in Downtown Champaign, IL. The festival will feature two stages for musical performances by national touring artists, The 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show and so much more. The vibrant downtown area boasts more than 90 bars, restaurants and shops all within a few blocks of the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. We are certain you will enjoy the festival, the nightlife and the excitement that this event will bring to Downtown Champaign!
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
Old Town School of Folk Music
The Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres. The school features a main stage where concerts are held year round, along with a great shop that sells music and instruments.
Beverly Art Center
Located in Chicago's historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, the Beverly Art Center is a multidisciplinary, cultural center offering classes in art, music, dance, and theater. Offers rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and performing art.
Mexican Folklore Dance Company of Chicago
As Chicago's oldest Mexican dance institution, MFDC has received countless recognitions and awards, performed for three presidents and represented Mexico in the 1994 USA World Cup opening ceremony, as well as numerous national television performances, most recently at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards. MFDC's performances reflect Mexico's rich history which shapes its traditional arts, culture, and values. The historical periods revealed in the dances include pre-Columbian indigenous times, the Spanish Colonial Period, the Struggle for Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The historic landmark Auditorium Theatre, an architectural masterpiece designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, opened in 1889. The Auditorium, which regularly hosts live performances, is renowned for its amazing acoustics.
Today's Soldier Field comprises two distinct structures. There is classical stone-clad shell designed in the 1920s. Its contemporary interior is a 2003 retrofit designed specifically for the NFL's Chicago Bears. The original stadium seated 120,000. The new Soldier Field seats 61,5000 in a boldly asymmetrical steel and concrete bowl set within the confines of the original colonnades.
The Athenaeum hosts theatrical and dance performances throughout the year.