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CD sales benefit Friends of Peoria Public Library
Held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at North Branch, the Music in the McKenzie concerts are free and open to the public. Groups sell CDs and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library, helping to bring more great free programs to Peoria Public Library.
January 12 - New Cats
The band members encompass a wide mixture of music backgrounds from jazz to punk and each bring their own unique flavor to the bluegrass genre. They fuse a mixture of high energy and uptempo new and traditional bluegrass & folk music, along with a handful of their own finely crafted tunes. https://www.facebook.com/NewCatsMusic/
February 23 - Flatland Harmony Experiment
Stylistically you can expect Flatland Harmony Experiment's original music to flow from tunes that echo the founding roots of bluegrass to progressive gypsy and all places in between. Conscious lyrics, a thread of harmony, and instrumental virtuosity permeates all of the original music of the Flatland Harmony Experiment. This band dares to be labeled simply as bluegrass or Americana. https://flatlandharmony.com/
March 15 - Ben Bedford
“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” - Arthur Wood (Maverick Magazine). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. http://www.benbedford.com/
April 19 - Edward David Anderson
EDA writes and tour in various incarnations. His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/cigar box guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest." https://www.edwarddavidanderson.com/
May 17 - The Nathan Taylor Band
Nathan Taylor & Friends explode with rich sound and purely blended talent. This talent is bathed in a wide range of vintage American blues & roots music, born of the soul of the heartland and the most fortunate front porches of Canton, Illinois.
From classic roots songs and blues of the delta to early New Orleans jazz and Nathan Taylor originals, their audiences dance to soulful spins on the old styles mixed with new music as they are transported to simpler times, past and present. https://www.nathantaylormusic.net/
June 14 - Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole
Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole are passionate ambassadors of Creole music and traditions, expanding interest and excitement in a region that has been ignored by the history books.
This medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri and southern Illinois Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Esprit Creole work to expand interest and excitement in a region that has been, in many ways, forgotten by the march of time. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking. http://www.creolefiddle.com/
July 12 - The Roundstone Buskers
Roundstone is a beautiful seaside village in Ireland and a "busker" is a street musician. The name was a culmination of many attempts by band members, fans and others. It was Tom Jones who finally came up with our name. We are three friends who have been through thick and thin and we LOVE music! We love all kinds of music. We just happen to perform Celtic music both traditional and contemporary. We can be solemn or we can be downright rowdy when we need to be. Check us out, you might just be surprised by what you hear! http://www.roundstonebuskers.net/
August 30 – Sarah & the Underground
Underground musicians, Sarah Marie Dillard, Brandon Mooberry, and Nick Fairley, combine their talents to bring independent music a brand new sound. Sarah & The Underground are a SoulFolk trio that call beautiful Peoria their headquarters. You can catch them in the back of a dive bar or in a 2,000 seat theater. The sound that’s attracted thousands of listeners all over the Midwest is best described as a big sip of warm, dark whiskey for the ears. Through Sarah’s music, you’re invited into her life. Her creative lyrics and sweet vocals are masterfully set against the melodic lines that resonate from the rich tone of the upright bass, both complimented by colorful and tasteful drums and percussion. http://www.smdunderground.com/
September 20 – Switchback
Switchback is the name of the award-winning Midwestern-based duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, whose brand of original music has made them an international touring sensation and a presence on PBS in the United States. Dubbed "American Roots with Celtic Soul," Switchback's music seamlessly blends a Celtic tribal beat with the raw energy of the wide open American plains. Their beautifully crafted songs move the feet while swaying the heart. In concert, Switchback's mandolin, guitar, bass, and percussion flow alongside soaring harmonies to create a sonic journey that is every bit as thrilling as an old-time wooden roller-coaster. Audience members leave the show filled with excitement and eager to get in line again for another Switchback ride. https://www.waygoodmusic.com/
October 11 - Pint & A Half
Rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), Pint & a Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmers during their energetic performances. https://www.pint-and-a-half.com/
November 8 - Still Shine
Formed in the summer of 2014, Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass.
Mixing mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies they quickly gained a following around Central Illinois area and the local Midwest. They have shared the stage with artists such as The Leadfoot Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Larry Keel, Chicago Farmer and the Waydown Wanderers just to name a few. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won't want to miss!. https://www.stillshinegrass.com/bio
December 20 - Rupert Wates
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music... This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out." https://rupertwatesmusic.com/home
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