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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 20: Bones Jugs
Bones Jugs has been shutting down frowns and bringing out smiles since 2013. With quirky songwriting, blazing fast xylophone, and all sorts of noise makers, they conjure up an eclectic acoustic sound. Fans of Spike Jones, The Memphis Jug Band, Bob Wills, and Scott Joplin, Bones Jugs creates something new and unique, but deeply rooted in generations of American music. Whether playing for a dancing crowd in a large room, attentive listeners in a small club, or acoustic on a street corner, Bones Jugs are a frenzy of frivolity and a marvel of merriment.. http://www.bonesjugs.com
February 17: Anne Hills
One of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene. Whether she is singing her own songs or those written by others, accompanied by guitar, banjo, or a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. https://www.annehills.com
March 10: Dana & Sue Robinson
From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. https://www.robinsongs.com
April 7: Fox Crossing Stringband
Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound. http://foxcrossingstringband.com
May 19: Banjovi & Hawkins and Anne
Banjovi & Hawkins is a 3 piece band playing bluegrass, country, 60’s, and 70’s. Featuring three part harmonies, with banjo, guitar, and trumpet. They provide the type of sound for whatever an event calls for, whether it be for a to get people rowdy on the dance floor with our full band, or using our acoustic act for a softer, more intimate feel.... and everything in between. https://www.facebook.com/Banjovi-Hawkins-165408416848950
June 9: Turas
Meaning trip or journey in Gaelic, Turas brings traditional Irish music to central Illinois. This group of friends is on a journey to share songs, stories, and good times (what the Irish call craic) with their audience. Playing a wide variety of Irish/Celtic music, Turas never fails to deliver on good music and good times. So sit back and join Turas in the journey! https://www.turasband.com
July 14: The Sweet Potatoes
The Sweet Potatoes come out of Southern California to dish up their own unique blend of country, folk and homespun Americana. Featuring acoustic guitars, ukulele, accordion and harmonica, this trio will bring a smile to your face with their sweet harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. Their music has a back porch charm all its own. https://www.thesweetpotatoes.com
August 25: Shawna Caspi
Shawna performs solo, but there is a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the US. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. http://www.shawnacaspi.com
September 29: Switchback
Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: "The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo." http://www.waygoodmusic.com
October 13: Still Shine
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. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won't want to miss! https://www.stillshinegrass.com
November 17: James Herr AND Harlan, Meister, & Mitts (HMM)
James Herr is an acoustic artist known for his authentic performances of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Jim Croce and other acoustic artists such as Ed Shareen. Since starting music a few years ago, he has played many live music venues in the area including The Apollo Theater, Mardi Gras in May, and the Paradice Bar and Casino. He aspires to the play to level of the original artist whether it be Fire and Rain, Landslide, Blackbird or Castle on the Hill. With his expert finger picking style he provides complete performances of favorite acoustic songshttps://www.facebook.com/jamesherracousticguitar
Harlan, Meister, and Mitts have proven to be a unique entity in the Peoria musical scene. All three members have performed in different bands over the years but have now joined together in what they lightheartedly call “partners in acoustic therapy”. Though their backgrounds vary, they all share a common love of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. This includes songs by Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, America, and Dan Fogelberg. https://harlanmeistermitts.home.blog
December 1: Goodnight Gracie
Goodnight Gracie plays music of many genres including alt-rock, pop, blues, jazz, indie and originals. They love audience interaction and encourage you to sing along or get up and dance if the music moves you! https://www.facebook.com/GoodnightGracieTheBand
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