Irish Fest

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Event Date: 
August 10, 2018 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Allerton Park
Address: 
515 Old Timber Road Monticello, Illinois 61856
Description: 

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories.

Irish Fest will feature The Shanties and The Tannahill Weavers.
$5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate)

Food + drinks available for purchase:
Dragon Fire Pizza
Fusilli Tony’s Italian Food
NitroCup
The Pop Stop
Dave’s Dogs
Caribbean Grill
Cool Bliss Popped Bliss

Also, don’t forget to get your face painted at our Kids’ Corner to get in the Irish spirit!

No outside alcohol, please.

About the bands:
The Shanties “new Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new, and originals. The focus is the up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop Irish influence from Solas, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea, and Flogging Molly. The blended singing and instrument sounds of fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar, and the Irish (drum) bodhran create their unique sound.

The Tannahill Weavers celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and they are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.

For more information on the 2017 Concert Series, click the link below.

Concerts may be cancelled or postponed due to weather.

Admission: 
$5 – $10
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All Around This World! A Family Concert

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Event Date: 
July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms, and movement from African, Asian, and Latin American cultures. Musician Jay Sand brings his unique and engaging experiences with music, dance, and song to all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Park District and The Urbana Free Library and paid for by a City of Urbana Arts Grant

Location: The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)

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Peoria Irish Fest - Erin Feis

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Event Date: 
August 24, 2018 (All day) - August 26, 2018 (All day)
Venue: 
Riverfront Park, Peoria, Illinois
Address: 
200 NE Water Street, Peoria, Illinois
Description: 

Three day celebration of Irish culture. Three live music stages, Irish dance stage, cultural exhibits, highland games, childrens' activities, celtic merchandise, food and drink. This year's artists include The High Kings, The Elders, Daimh, The Outside Track, Seven Nations, and Paddy Homan and the Noble Call, with Brian Cunningham.

Price of Admission: $$8.00 before 5:00 pm; $10.00 after 5:00 pm; Weekend Pass (advance only) $15.00. Children 12 and under free with adult.

Admission: 
$8.00 before 5:00 pm; $10.00 after 5:00 pm; Weekend Pass (advance only) $15.00. Children 12 and under free with adult.
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Backdoor Cajun Band

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Event Date: 
June 15, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: 
The Lakehouse
Address: 
Crystal Lake Park in Urbana
Description: 

As part of the "Folk & Roots Fridays" concert series, Backdoor Cajun Band will be playing on Friday, June 15.

Who: Backdoor Cajun Band
Where: The Lakehouse at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana
When: Noon to 1:00 PM
More Who: Sam Payne on guitar, Randy Cordle on bass, Frances Harris on fiddle, and me on accordion.

Thanks to the Urbana Park District, these free shows happen the first and third Friday of June, July & August.

Location is the patio at the Lakehouse, at Crystal Lake Park. Some people call it the Boat House. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show.

Upcoming dates:
June 15 Backdoor Cajun Band (Cajun)
July 6 Billy Galt (Blues Guitar)
July 20 Jay Sand & All Around This World (World)
August 3 Vinnie Santanelli (Folk/Blues)
August 17 Inland Calypso (Calypso/Steel Drum)

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Summer Garden Concert Series: Jean-René Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
August 12, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
Address: 
Mahomet, Illinois - just off State Route 47, one mile north of Interstate 74)
Description: 

Museum of the Grand Prairie and Champaign County Museums Network are hosting an evening of music and treats all with a view of their stunning Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens! Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi will join us and sing in multiple languages. Sounds of jazz and gospel will be intertwined with an African rhythm for a truly unique performance. Having toured in Africa, Europe and the United States, their talents have been appreciated across the globe. Don’t let the summer sun get you down, as we will be making and sampling ice cream! FREE. Other refreshments will be available for purchase. All ages.

Admission: 
admission free
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OUTSIDE at the Research Park with Marcia Ball and Jive Bag

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Event Date: 
July 20, 2018 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Research Park
Address: 
1816 South Oak Street, Champaign
Description: 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts once again joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present Marcia Ball and Jive Bag as part of the FREE and popular OUTSIDE at the Research Park series. The sensational Southern blues woman Marcia Ball will take the stage at 7:30pm with her superb keyboard skills that blend “rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock, and smoldering Texas blues” (Boston Globe). Ball’s inventive songwriting, renowned vocals, and boundless, barrelhouse piano chops have earned her worldwide fame in soul-satisfying concerts that, like Krannert Center, have spanned five decades. Arrive early for an opening set at 6:30pm of New Orleans funk and jazz from local favorite Jive Bag, led by Jonny Beckett.

Admission: 
admission free
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Sipyard Live: Zecca Bom

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Event Date: 
June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Sipyard
Address: 
204 W Main St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm we have a local musician lineup jamming in the beer garden.

This weeks installment of Sipyard Live features Zecca Bom, one of CU's newest bands. Zecca Bom plays music that grooves, maybe it's funk, maybe it's world music, maybe you'll have to be at Sipyard at 7pm on Wednesday June 13th to find out for yourself!

Zecca Bom features:
Robert Sena - MC
Chad Dunn - Surdo and timbau
Jason Finkelman - Congas
Ben Juday - Guitar
Cody Jensen - Keyboard
Gordon Kay - Drums
Charlie Harris - Bass

Admission: 
No cover. If you like the sounds, put something in the tip jar for the musicians.
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International Arts Experience 2018: AFRICA Opening Cultural Event

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Event Date: 
June 1, 2018 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Madden Arts Center
Address: 
125 N. Water Street, downtown Decatur
Description: 

Visit all 3 floors of the Madden Arts Center for a lively evening of African culture!

Anne Lloyd Gallery

Enjoy the AFRICA exhibit featuring original art, crafts and artifacts:

Second Floor Studio

Hands-on art making - All ages invited:
weaving, masks, Ndebele huts & figures

Third Floor

A taste of African cuisine by Chef Nick at Bizou

AFRIKY LOLO, nationally acclaimed West African dance, drums, costumes
Audience participation - Learn African dance steps & expess the joy!

6 pm - IBIYINKA ALAO, Nigerian Ambassador of Art presents art of Africa followed by dance drama of "Ibi's Fireflies" with Afriky Lolo

Admission: 
admission free
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Summer Reading Kick-Off Party w/ Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi

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Event Date: 
May 26, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

— Featuring —
Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi and
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures

Saturday, May 26 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) • For families

Join Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi for a world dance party to kick-off Reading Takes You Everywhere! Enjoy crafts with Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, coral reef activities with Brandon Rutherford, and ice cream and lemonade. Then, of course, sign-up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program!

The concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr.

The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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UFLive! presents Schlomo and the Schleptet

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Event Date: 
May 20, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Urbana Free Library
Address: 
210 W. Green Street, Urbana
Description: 

Come enjoy klezmer music--known as the mournfully happy music of the Jewish diaspora. Clarinetist Sol Baer will be joined by Frances Harris, Sam Gingher, Derick Cordoba, and Rob Sweedler.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

Admission: 
Free Admission
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