The CI Weekend Buzz for June 14-16

The CI Weekend Buzz for June 14-16

Looking for something to do before (or after) taking Dad out to eat on Sunday? Here are some suggestions – and hey, some of these are events Dad might actually enjoy.


Saying we have music for every taste may sound like a cliche, but this weekend it’s very true.

Lionel Richie Hello! Tour (Springfield)

Lionel Richie Hello! Tour

The travails of being Nicole Richie’s dad haven’t kept this veteran entertainer off the stage, and he’s coming to Springfield with a truckload of hits going all the way back to his days as funkateer with The Commodores. Friday at 7 pm at the Bank of Springfield Center.

Strawberry Jam 2019 (Urbana)

Strawberry Jam

Where can you enjoy musical performances by local musicians and taste fresh strawberries over ice cream? Why, Urbana’s 30th Strawberry Jam event, of course!

Here’s the live entertainment schedule:

  • 4 pm – 5 pm: The Young and Fretless with Urbana Country Dancers
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: The Chickadee Sermon
  • 7 pm – 8 pm: Big Bluestem String Band

Other activities will include: Hayrack rides around Meadowbrook Park, tour of Spomer Prairie (5 pm – 5:30 pm), face painting, kite flying and stargazing with the CU Astronomy Club (8 pm – 9 pm). Overflow parking and golf cart transportation available at Stone Creek Church at the corner of Windsor Road and Race Street.

Midwest Punkfest XI (Bloomington)

Midwest Punkfest

Midwest Punkfest is back for its 11th year, featuring several bands from Central Illinois, and others the Midwest and beyond! At Nightshop on Friday from 6 pm – 1:30 am; Saturday from noon – 12:45 am; and Sunday from 11 am-2:15 pm.

Tailgate N’ Tallboys Music Series – June Weekend (Peoria)

Tailgate N' Tallboys

Central Illinois’ No. 1 country music festival is coming back to Peoria’s riverfront with loads of top-tier stars and local bands.

Headliners: Brett Young, Kane Brown, Brett Eldredge

Other performers: Ashley McBryde, Carter Winters, Josh Phillips, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny, Musadine Bloodline, Sweet Tea Trio, Aileeah Colgan, Devin Clemons Band, Joe Stamm Band, Tasji Bachman, Jimmie Allen, Dillon Carmichael, Jordan Davis, Logan Mize, Lauren Alaina, Matt Miller, Chuck Murphy

Kind of Blue at 60: A Tribute to the Miles Davis Classic (Peoria)

'Kind of Blue' at 60: A Tribute to the Miles Davis Classic

Kind of Blue, recorded and released in 1959 by the Miles Davis Sextet, bridged the gap between the classic song forms of the ’50s and the modern experimentations of the ’60s, and is frequently cited as one of the best and most influential albums not just in the history of jazz, but in the history of recorded music.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society invites you to enjoy a tribute to this milestone! Edgar Crockett (trumpet), Dan Burke (tenor sax), Larry Harms (alto sax), Derel Monteith (piano), Andy Crawford (bass), and Jason Brannon (drums), who will perform faithful renditions of all the pieces of Kind of Blue in the same sequence they appear on the album.

County fair season is here!

Have a hankering for corn dogs and lemon shake ups?

Piatt County Fair

Piatt County Fair

Music, fun stuff for the kids, corn dogs, and everything else you expect from a county fair – near Champaign-Urbana and offering free admission! Download the Friday-Sunday event schedule here (pdf).

Sangamon County Fair

Sangamon County Fair

It ain’t the State Fair, but with grandstand entertainment including Travis Tritt and other major country stars, it ain’t that far off. Admission includes unlimited carnival rides and all non-grandstand entertainment. Crowd Pleaser: An International Chili Society Sanctioned Regional Chili Cook Off will be held the morning of June 15 with four types of chili categories, including veggie!

Click below to view the full weekend schedule!

On the Stage

The Taming of the Shrew (Urbana)

The Taming of the Shrew

The Celebration Company promises “a fresh look at Shakespeare’s classic comedy about patriarchy, romance, and more patriarchy.” Through June 20 at The Station Theater.

Little Black Dress! The Musical (Bloomington)

Little Black Dress

An original music with improv comedy elements, Little Black Dress was written by women, for women. This tale of a really wild girls’ night out promises “adult themes, strong language, and one really sexy man.” Saturday at 7;30 pm at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

The Arts

Eastern Europe: Kindred Cultures

Eastern Europe - Kindred Cultures

The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting its annual International Arts Experience featuring the exhibition “Eastern Europe: Kindred Cultures” from June 7-July 29. The exhibit includes a wide array of authentic Eastern European folk art, fine art and artifacts on loan from private collectors as well as the Spurlock Museum and the Russian, East European, Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois and the Giertz Education Center at Krannert Art Museum.

Gallery Hours

  • Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm

Leopold Segedin’s Chicago Exhibition Closing Reception (Urbana)

Leopold Segedin's Chicago Exhibition Closing Reception

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Art + Design Link Gallery is hosting a closing reception and book signing for the exhibition “Leo Segedin’s Chicago: Games, Trains, and Planes” on Saturday from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Come meet the artist, and don’t forget to enjoy the exhibition and light refreshments! The recently published Leopold Segedin: A Habit of Art will be available for purchase and book signing.

“The Art of the Brick”

The Art of the Brick - The World's Largest LEGO Art Exhibition

“The Art of the Brick” exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum features over 100 works of art made from LEGO bricks, including reproductions of van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The exhibit also features an interactive LEGO gallery for the kids.

And some unique events

Pub Night Under the Stars (Peoria)

Pub Night Under the Stars

The Peoria Riverfront Museum Planetarium invites you to celebrate the summer solstice with food and Goose Island beer on Saturday as you learn the science behind the sun and hear updates on NASA’s ongoing mission: The Parker Solar Probe.

The evening starts at 7 pm and features a talk using the museum planetarium’s highly realistic Zeiss ZKP4 star projectors and a tour of the universe using immersive real-time software – and time to socialize, of course! Ticket prices includes up to three craft beers, bratwursts and sides.

Garden Walk (Urbana)

Garden Walk

The Champaign County Master Gardeners invite you to their 25th Garden Walk on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. Proceeds benefit the organization’s community projects, including Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, Crisis Nursery, Idea Garden, and Senior Grow Boxes.

Eight gardens throughout Champaign and Urbana are on the Garden Walk this year. The Garden Walk is a great way to observe and take notes so you can replicate garden design at home. There will also be short demonstrations throughout the day to including rose pruning, tree care, and container planting.

Science on Tap (Urbana)

Science on Tap

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Student Association is launching a new discussion series open to the community – and while you’re there, you can try out Riggs’ newly released seasonal Pilsner.

Hanna Erickson, MD/PhD student in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, will discuss the biology behind some current diet fads and how the liver plays a central role in coordinating our metabolism.

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