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Jun
6
Sat
*Postponed* More Fun on 81
Jun 6 – Jun 7 all-day

 

Cruise over to Andover for More Fun on 81!

Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge.  It’s one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county. Start your cruise from either end and travel the Henry County back roads. Enjoy the drive!

More Fun on 81 Andover ILOn Saturday, the village of Andover is the setting for family fun including games for all ages including a scavenger hunt along with an antique lawn and farm tractor show with displays.  Travel the self-guided barn quilt tour and visit the Jenny Lind Chapel and Andover Historical Museum.  Grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors from which to choose.  Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds.  There are sporting activities for everybody – lace up your running shoes and run the 5K race, kids ages 4-15 can bait their hooks and participate in the fishing derby, or get your partner and show your skill in the bags tournament.  An old-fashioned community supper and ice cream social will be provided for a fee.  The Orion Community Band will perform at 6pm, or for a different type of tune Moe’s Garage Band will perform from 8-10pm.

Cambridge will host an antique market from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday – Songbird Lane Antiques and Reclaimed Salvage will be joined by other vendors offering fun and unique items to take home.

On Sunday, Lake Andover is the setting for breakfast at 8am, a Sunday community Andover and Cambridge worship service at 9am and the 10am salute to veterans. Don’t forget the self guided barn quilt tour dawn to dusk. Cruise on over to Andover for the final day of More Fun on 81!

 

*CANCELLED* Dancing Queen: An #ABBA Salute Concert @ Village Park
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
*CANCELLED* Dancing Queen: An #ABBA Salute Concert @ Village Park

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that an ABBA tribute band will be performing at 2pm in the village park.

Dancing Queen: An Abba Salute is quite literally the most accurate tribute band on the planet.

 

Sponsored by the Community State Bank and the BHHA

Jun
7
Sun
The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series: Mississippi Heat & Heather Newman
Jun 7 all-day

GAC Logo Galva Music Series Logo

 

 

 

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva.

The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the third annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting. In years past this series has run 10 weeks; however, in 2020 two additional concerts have been added for a total of 12 weeks of free live music. These concerts activate an under-used public space and turn it into a vibrant meeting place. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is one part of a larger network of live music events which is quickly making Henry County a destination for experiencing family-friendly live music.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, Done Right TV, Galesburg Community Foundation, Quad City Arts, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, and many others. The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.

Heather Newman (blues)

Heather Newman had picked up a bass guitar only six months prior to her bands first on stage appearance at Knucklehead’s Saloon in Kansas City, MO March 17th, 2017, where she introduced her music to the stylings of Keith Ladd on the guitar , bringing on a unique mixture of American roots genres. The Heather Newman Band immediately began to captivate audiences with their powerful performances and Heather’s dominant yet pixie-like stage presence.

The trio played locally around the Kansas City area before adding a brand new layer to their groove when Ryan Matthew joined the band that July on piano and keys. Only one month after bringing on a fourth member, the group hit the studio to record their first album “Burn Me Alive”, which was set to release Dec. 1st 2017 through Vizztone Label Group. Heather’s debut album reached #9 on B.B. King’s Bluesville top 15 Countdown in November 2017 before the official release, and continued to make the charts on various radio stations around the world.

Their raging success with their first album landed them some amazing performance opportunities in 2018 including opening for the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro,  and Delbert McClinton. The Heather Newman Band and their album went on to win two 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards for “Best New Artist Debut Album” and the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award”. They were also nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist”.

Mississippi Heat (blues)

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.

Mississippi Heat’s name is a reflection of Pierre’s reverence for Mississippi’s blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone’s soul. They have received world-wide critical acclaim, including from Living Blues Magazine: “Mississippi Heat delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today’s Chicago scene.”

Mississippi Heat is known internationally for their passionate blues delivery. Overseas and national touring have been an integral part of their work for decades. The band has appeared at many world-famous festivals including many in the US (like the Pocono’s and the Chicago Blues Festivals), Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Tunisia, Finland, Venezuela and in Mexico, among many others. Besides a scheduled European tour for 2018, they will also soon perform in Dubai.

Buddy Guy has gone on record saying that it’s “been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this.” And recently the band received this critical acclaim from Bonnie Tallman at the Billtown Blues Festival (Hughesville, PA): “Can’t find enough words to express how blown away everyone was with the Mississippi Heat performance! It was spectacular in every way.”

The band has made waves on the blues charts by regularly reaching the #1 spot on Living Blues Magazine’s radio charts.

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.

Learn more at galvamusic.com.

Jun
9
Tue
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo

Presented by the City of Geneseo

Jun
13
Sat
Bishop Hill Colony Papers Exhibition @ Steeple Building Museum
Jun 13 all-day

The BHHA will be displaying documents from the mid-1800’s about various Bishop Hill Colony topics. These papers have never been on public display before.

Jun
14
Sun
The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series: Front Country & Rags and Riches
Jun 14 all-day

GAC Logo Galva Music Series Logo

 

 

 

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva.

The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the third annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting. In years past this series has run 10 weeks; however, in 2020 two additional concerts have been added for a total of 12 weeks of free live music. These concerts activate an under-used public space and turn it into a vibrant meeting place. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is one part of a larger network of live music events which is quickly making Henry County a destination for experiencing family-friendly live music.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, Done Right TV, Galesburg Community Foundation, Quad City Arts, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, and many others. The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.

Rags and Riches (indie rock, Christian rock)

Rags and Riches is an adrenalized, American pop-rock band hailing from Lexington, Kentucky. Formed in 2017, the band features brothers Tanner + Peyton Whitt. Over the last three years, the band has discovered their unique sound, identity, and aesthetic. In February of 2019, Rags and Riches released their debut single, ‘Speed of Sound’. Impressively, the song clocked over 725,000 Spotify streams and over 500,000 YouTube views. The brother’s follow-up releases ‘Arrival’, ‘X’, ‘War Cry’, ‘Not a Stranger’, and ‘Light it Up’ showcase the eclectic genre crossovers. The duo spent much of 2019 on the road and set out on their first headlining tour.

Front Country (folk pop, progressive bluegrass)

Front Country is a band on the precipice of a metamorphosis. As multi-instrumentalists, songwriters and composers, the instrumentation and setting have always been secondary to the musical vision that comes through no matter what stage they take. For a band with a genre in their name, genre has always been elusive for Front Country, as they refuse to pick sides or be constrained by any expectations outside their own singular aesthetic. From their beginnings in the SF Bay Area to their new hometown of Nashville, TN, Melody Walker, Adam Roszkiewicz and Jacob Groopman have been on a journey to discover a sound. While making their third album – their first in Music City – they feel closer than ever to what fans have heard in them all along. SLC Weekly called it “Rugged Americana and Purposeful Pop”, and that seems as close as anything to describe the Front Country sound. To them, their namesake is about pushing the envelope, but never losing sight of their roots.

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.

Learn more at galvamusic.com.

Honor Flight Benefit @ Bishop Hill Village Park
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Honor Flight Benefit @ Bishop Hill Village Park

This is a fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner all in the Bishop Hill Village Park.

 

Sponsored by the Filling Station

Jun
16
Tue
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo

Presented by the City of Geneseo

Jun
18
Thu
Girl’s Night Out
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
19
Fri
Geneseo Music Fest, Doo Dah Parade, Rotary Cookout & Queen Pageant
Jun 19 all-day
Geneseo Music Fest, Doo Dah Parade, Rotary Cookout & Queen Pageant

Check Facebook for more information coming soon!

 

Jun
20
Sat
Geneseo Music Fest & Vendor Fair at Park
Jun 20 all-day

Check Facebook for more details coming soon!

Midsommar Music Festival @ Bishop Hill
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Harness nature’s magic and ensure a bountiful summer . . . join in the Midsommar Celebration, Bishop Hill!

Midsommar a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the light and warmth of the summer solstice with music and dancing. A  diverse line-up of musical performers are in store for this all-day event include free performances in the park, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

Free performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., help decorate the Maypole with flowers and greenery in Village Park. Join the Maypole procession lead from the park to the Bishop Hill Colony School.  Ring dance around the Maypole to the sounds of the accordion playing Swedish tunes.  Enjoy refreshments provided by the VASA Lodge.

Shake a leg at the ol’ fashion barn dance!

Stay for the evening and dance the night away at the Colony School beginning at 6 pm.  Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

 

Jun
21
Sun
Geneseo Music Fest, Vendor Fair at Park, & Father’s Day Parade
Jun 21 all-day

Check Facebook for more details coming soon!

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series: Barrio Manouche & De Temps Antan
Jun 21 all-day

GAC Logo Galva Music Series Logo

 

 

 

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva.

The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the third annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting. In years past this series has run 10 weeks; however, in 2020 two additional concerts have been added for a total of 12 weeks of free live music. These concerts activate an under-used public space and turn it into a vibrant meeting place. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is one part of a larger network of live music events which is quickly making Henry County a destination for experiencing family-friendly live music.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, Done Right TV, Galesburg Community Foundation, Quad City Arts, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, and many others. The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.

De Temps Antan (Québécois)

It takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear! Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan!

Éric Beaudry, David Boulanger and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So come enjoy an evening unlike any other with De Temps Antan.

Barrio Manouche (Latin-French gypsy jazz)

The San Francisco-based acoustic ensemble performs a repertoire of original compositions with an emotionally charged sound that is difficult to classify yet instantly recognizable. The group’s international roots shine brightly in their music with members from Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil and California and is deeply influenced by a wide range of musical traditions.  Barrio Manouche has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique, and its passion for musical improvisations.  With latest collaborations including French Flamenco dancer Fanny Ara, African sacred dance Brazilian dancer Emaye Ama Mizani, as well as Colombian singer Iván Rondón, Barrio Manouche plays what is perhaps the truest definition of World Music.  Barrio Manouche is taking their audience on a magical journey, with a unique fusion of cultures and musical backgrounds, an auditory and visual feast like no other.

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.

Learn more at galvamusic.com.

Jun
23
Tue
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo

Presented by the City of Geneseo

Jun
27
Sat
Basic Woodcarving Workshop @ Dairy Building
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Basic Woodcarving Workshop @ Dairy Building

Learn basic woodcarving techniques from your instructor Dennis Carlson. Max of 10 people for this class. Tools will be provided. Call or email to register.

 

Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

Jun
28
Sun
The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series: Shamarr Allen & The Crane Wives
Jun 28 all-day

GAC Logo Galva Music Series Logo

 

 

 

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva.

The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for the third annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting. In years past this series has run 10 weeks; however, in 2020 two additional concerts have been added for a total of 12 weeks of free live music. These concerts activate an under-used public space and turn it into a vibrant meeting place. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is one part of a larger network of live music events which is quickly making Henry County a destination for experiencing family-friendly live music.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, Done Right TV, Galesburg Community Foundation, Quad City Arts, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, and many others. The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.

The Crane Wives (alternative rock)

In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft.  Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult:  rock, pop, folk?  Just call it really good music.  Audiences and critics agree:  seven “Jammie” awards from influential radio station WYCE in ’11, ’12, ’16 and ’17;  winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for “Easier” in ’12; and selection as one of ten “Entries We Loved” from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for “High Horse” in ’17.  Kate Pillsbury:  guitars, vocals, a twinkle in her eye that tells you she sees through your BS but chooses to be amused by it.  Emilee Petersmark:  guitars, banjo, vocals, boots that will stamp out injustice wherever it may lurk.  Ben Zito:  bass, occasional howls, secret production weapon.  Dan Rickabus:  drums, harmony vocals, engineering, relentless and frankly exhausting levels of positivity.  Four albums released to date:  “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011), “The Fool In Her Wedding Gown” (2012), “Coyote Stories” (2015), and “Foxlore” (2016), plus a series of new singles in 2017, all available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, CDBaby, and hell, even Myspace.  If you want to hear about love, life, fear, hope, pain, and the occasional natural disaster, this band, and these songs, are for you.

Shamarr Allen (jazz, funk, hip-rock)

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs.” In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists around the world such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Galatic, Harrick Connick Jr, and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. He is a sought after artist for festivals and venues around the world. In addition to displaying his skills on the front-line as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, and producer. With a scintillating and unique sound, look, and exemplary talents, Shamarr Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans experience!

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.

Learn more at galvamusic.com.

Jun
30
Tue
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Tuesday: Summer Ice Cream Social Concert Series in Geneseo

Presented by the City of Geneseo

Jul
2
Thu
Geneseo: Thrill on the Hill Fireworks
Jul 2 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Geneseo: Thrill on the Hill Fireworks

Presented by the City of Geneseo

Rain Date: July 5th

Jul
4
Sat
Geneseo Aisle of Flags
Jul 4 all-day