From Dylan to classical-meets-hip hop: 7 shows not to miss in October

From Dylan to classical-meets-hip hop: 7 shows not to miss in October
So I went through our calendar and put together a totally subjective list highlighting the amazing quality and variety of concerts you could (and should) enjoy across Central Illinois this month. Carmina Burana Oct. 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana Admit it, you've always...

Going to the 11th CU Folk & Roots Festival? Here's your guide

Going to the 11th CU Folk & Roots Festival? Here's your guide
The top attractions at the 11th annual CU Folk & Roots Festival will include Grammy Award-winner Don Flemons, klezmer trio Veretski Pass, St. Louis-based tradiotional jazz The Gaslight Squares, New Orleans singer/composer Lilly Lewis, and Kentucky old-time trio The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Get your weekend pass at the link below and save $10!...

Here's your pocket guide to the 2019 edition of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival

8 great reasons to get excited about the Krannert Center's Golden season
The Krannert Center's 2019-2020 opens on a high note with the return of the bi-annual festival that showcases the dazzling array of global music created with all the stringed instruments that qualify as guitars. Here's our guide to the three-day extravaganza that includes several free events (although donations are encouraged):

The Hussey Brothers and the quest for Americana transcendence

The Hussey Brothers and the quest for Americana transcendence
I like The Hussey Brothers and want them to go far. I think the entire music scene would be better if their Americana sound caught on and was heard coming out of middle-schoolers' phones. I say this despite NOT coming from their usual fan base, which is predominantly Christian and small-town. I’m only Christian...

John Mellencamp breaks Peoria Civic Center record – again

John Mellencamp breaks Peoria Civic Center record - again
John Mellencamp rocked the Peoria Civic Center (PCC) Theater on Friday in more ways than one. The Peoria stop on Mellencamp's American Poet Tour is now the highest-grossing show in the theater’s 37-year history, beating Mellencamp's own record from June 2015. “Mr. Mellencamp has set of very high bar for not only ticket sales,...

Krannert offers rare chance to experience Steve Reich's minimalistic masterpiece

Krannert offers rare chance to experience Steve Reich's minimalistic masterpiece
A performance of Music for 18 Musicians, Steve Reich's 1976 minimalistic masterpiece, is a rare treat. Thankfully, Sonic Illinois, a month-long celebration of new music by forward-thinking creators, is bringing together two Grammy Award-winning ensembles - Chicago's Eighth Blackbird and Minneapolis-based Third Coast Percussion - to make this possible. What does this pivotal piece...