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2018 Entertainment


5pm-6pm – We the Animals

Dark sparkly indie rock from Champaign, IL. Featuring Mark Wyman, Mikael Brackett, Joe Funderburkm, and Kayla Brown. Frontwoman Kayla Brown’s vocals smolder one moment and wail the next as she delivers brooding lyrics that are saturated with vulnerability.



6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Avon Dale

Formed at the University of Illinois, Avon Dale is a Memphis based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. The four-piece band features a dynamic rhythm section, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. This powerful live act combines to create melodically rich songs that range from tender and plaintive to gritty and beseeching. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining a following and is becoming a Memphis must see act.


8pm – 10pm Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is based out of Champaign-Urbana, IL and features musicians from Decadents and the No Secret Band.  Mojo plays classic hits from the entire Tom Petty discography, along with deep cuts from some of their most popular albums.  The six-piece band includes Mike Carpenter (guitar/vocals), Ben Donaldson (drums), Tim Donaldson (guitar), Mike Solomon (guitar), Fil Pilatowski (bass) and Roger Prillaman (keyboards).

10:30 pm – 12am – 90’s Daughter, A Tribute to Boston

90’s Daughter – voted “Best Band” in Champaign 2013, 2014, and 2015! This high-energy party band knows how to get the crowd moving, and leads the party every time the perform! Created in 2009 by members of Midwest party band “The Brat Pack”, the band continues to reach new heights, new fans, and new parties! They will be playing Boston hits and favorites from STYX, REO Speedwagon, and Journey.





7:00 pm – 8:00pm – Ant Dogg

Ant Dogg is an independent, multifaceted recording artist. Like many others, Ant Dogg has come from situations and environment that imposes tremendous hurdles. While those conditions were tough, Ant Dogg has not allowed his challenging beginnings to create a prison for himself, but instead he has used those conditions as fuel to light the fiery passion that you cannot deny in his music. Ant Dogg is a strong believer in the things that are the best or most beautiful cannot be seen or touched. Those things can only be felt. Ant Dogg’s music does not attempt to make this something his fans experience, instead, it is something he ensures they actually experience. So, whether you want to heal a broken heart, motivate the soul, or turn the party out; Ant Dogg’s music is the perfect choice for any place, person, or event.

8:30pm-9:45pm – Lou Dibello Band

Lou DiBello Band features Dibello on lead vocals and guitar with bass and drums backing him up. Following the traditions of the best power trios, Lou is playing instrumentals from his 3 albums, original vocal tunes, and classics by some of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, including Hendrix, Clapton, Nugent, Montrose, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Pat Travers, and more!



10:15pm – 12:00am – New Souls

New Souls traffics in the best of soul, funk, R&B, neosoul, Motown and 90s jams, with expert three-part harmonies from core members Brandon T. Washington, Mike Ingram, and Cii La’cole. The band, which spun out of Mike Ingram’s Great Cover Up set as Justin Timberlake, emerged in late 2014 and quickly became a local favorite. They’ve gone on to play Summer Camp Music Festival, the Taste of Champaign, Urbana Sweetcorn Fest, the Great Cover Up (as Fugees, with T.R.U.T.H; Eminem; and A Tribe Called Quest, with Curb Service), and have made the rounds to neighboring states to play clubs and weddings alike. Their fierce streak of social activism keeps them busy with various benefits.

One Community Together Stage

In conjunction with the Main Stage acts, the One Community Together stage will provide the community with day-time entertainment. Featuring an amazing line-up that ranges from Vojedeyl Trio music and dance to all three high school marching bands coming together with a performance that will knock your socks off!

11:30-12:00 – Vojodeyl Trio

The Vojodeyl Trio (Radim Vojtek-violin, Martin Deyl-bass, and Karolina Magdelena Kpuczyk-viola) is an exceptionally talented group of trained musicians from the Czech Republic who are visiting Urbana-Champaign to share their richly diverse folk-music traditions with our local community.  Their energetic performances provide exciting and intimate portrayals of their musical heritage and its power to bring greater understanding and appreciation of their music to local communities throughout America’s Midwest


12:00-1:00 – Bow-Dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band

The Community Center for the Arts’ Bow-Dacious String Band consists of children ages 6 through 18 who perform popular music from around the world on violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and other stringed instruments.  The Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble offers local middle school and high school students opportunities to perform America’s great jazz for in both big band and small combo ensembles. Both student music ensembles come together each Sweetcorn Festival to provide a delightful array of traditional fiddle and jazz music standards to highlight the tremendous artistic talent and diversity of our communities’ youth and their teachers.

1:15-2:00 – Tune Wrangling with Jordan Kaye

Jordan Kaye’s diverse and rollicking musical repertoire covers a large portion of the American songbook, and this year he will be wrangling more old and new tunes that will bring a smile to your heart as you join him in song and hilarious merriment that is simply Jordan at his best.  So strap on your dancing shoes and remember to bring your sense of humor.





2:15-3:00 – Bali Lantari

Bali Lantari, under the leadership of I Ketut Gede Asnawa, will perform a variety of traditional and newly composed music selections for the gamelan ensemble and Balinese dance under the direction of Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, to bring the dazzling sights and sounds of Balinese culture to our Urbana-Champaign community.

3:15-4:00 – Ngoma Expressions

Ngoma Expressions, Urbana-Champaign’s source for beats and dance, provides a unique blending of polyrhythmic drumming and traditional Sub-Saharan African culture that invites audiences of all ages to feel the love and power of community through rhythm and dance.  


4:15-5:00 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra

The Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays hot swinging music from the early 20th century when jazz was young, and America’s great band leaders were King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Fats Waller.  Their music is always a great way to either start or end your weekend at the Sweet Corn Festival, and this year the TJO again will be introducing the Urbana-Champaign communities’ three exceptional marching bands.

5:15-6:30 – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Urbana-Champaign’s three outstanding high school marching bands return to the 2018 Sweetcorn Festival to perform another exciting series of music selections from their three new field shows that they have been working on this summer. Their performance is guaranteed to highlight the exceptional artistic talent these young musicians and their directors bring to our wonderful community. The three bands will again come together for a special finale performance of Ken Force’s arrangement of “This Land Is Your Land” under the direction of the University of Illinois’ Director of Bands, Stephen Peterson. What better way to close out this year’s One Community Together programming.

Friday Night Folk and Roots Stage

6:00-6:45 – Vinny Santanelli (singer/songwriter)

Vinny is a folk and blues artist who combines harmonica, acoustic guitar and vocals in a unique and unforgettable way. Having been influenced by American folk, Latin jazz, Motown Blues, Tennessee bluegrass and Irish Celtic, Vinny has been able to create an eclectic musical experience rich in story and vibrant in sound.


7:15 – 8:00 –Country Music Ensemble from Community Center for the Arts (traditional country)

The Country Music Ensemble class at the Community Center for the Arts is taught by local musical stalwart Dyke Corson.  This group performs a diverse array of country music, ranging from classics by Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams and others, to favorites by Willie Nelson, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley. Band members include Wayne Acton, Mike Atkinson, Dyke Corson, Tim Hartin, Rick Kubetz, Ellen and Tony Lee, Nancy Livingston and Bob Murphy.

8:30 – 9:30 – Painkillers Blues Band (traditional blues)

Featuring Dawn Clark on vocals, the Painkillers play a hefty mix of traditional Chicago and Southern Blues along with a variety of original tunes and classic crooners. The band tends to play all-out straight-ahead blues, and they add just the right balance of sweet and sassy vocals to get the audience up dancing and howling for more! The band also features David Adcock on harmonica and Gerry Guthrie on guitar.


10:00 – 11:15 – Bones Jugs (jug band, ragtime & more)

Based right here in Urbana, this national touring band is a favorite of the summer festival circuit.  Touring for about five years, this band has travelled all over the country playing their brand of traditional jug band music. With influences that include swinging blues, rag time, early jazz and more, and quirky songwriting and blazing xylophone, this band is sure to bring a smile to your face. The band includes Charlie Harris, Cody Jensen, Steve Meadows and Sam Payne.


Saturday Night Folk and Roots Stage

6:00 – 6:45 – George Faber & Friends (singer/songwriter/soulful bluesman)

A veteran Minneapolis singer/songwriter with a colorful 30-year music career, George Faber has deep ties to the CU area. After performing locally with the very popular Finchley Boys, Faber became rooted in the Chicago blues scene and spent years touring the country. After a stint as a glam rock front man performing to rock festival crowds, he returned to his R&B blues roots and played packed rooms from Chicago to New Orleans. Along the way, Faber’s music has evolved to blend all these styles.  Stereophile Magazine reviewed his recent work as “intensely soulful, passionate and hard-driving with strong, powerful melodies.” Joining George Faber will be local guitar ace Matt Stewart, Gary Gardner on bass and Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie on percussion.


7:15 – 8:00 – Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi (West African folk music)

Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba. Their music is tinged with Gospel and Jazz, all played with solid African rhythms. The group has toured in Africa, Europe and the United States and now live in Urbana.  Jean Rene teaches guitar at the Community Center for the Arts.


8:30 – 9:30 – Hot Club of Urbana (Django Reinhardt style jazz)

A collection of local musicians with a modern take on Gypsy Jazz music, this band pays tribute to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Brothers Rob, Ben and Jeff Sweedler (accordion/keyboards, violin and bass) will perform with Nathaniel Ruiz (clarinet, saxophone, flute) and Henry Strehlow (drums).  The band members all grew up in Urbana and have played music together for years.


10:00 – 11:15 – Surreal Deal (70’s rock/jam band)

Focusing on the innovative, jam-based rock of the 1970’s, and mixing it up with classic crowd-pleasers, The Surreal Deal pumps out dynamic hits and impressive improvisation. Jeff Kerr (guitar & vocals), Billy Galt (bass & vocals) Jesse Brown (keyboard) and Josh Quirk (drums & vocals) combine power and improvisational wizardry and bring a crackling freshness to audience favorites. With deep roots in the CU area, the band members have played with an A-list of local bands over the last 20 years including the Mighty Pranksters, Funky Butt Drum Club, the Brat Pack, the Blues Deacons, Keith Harden Band and others. The Surreal Deal will be a great way to end the weekend at the Folk and Roots stage.

Entertainment At Our Partner Venues

Sun Stereo Friday 9-12:00
X-Krush Saturday 8-12:00

Inland Calypso Band Friday 6-6:30 and 7:30-8
Jordan and Jill Saturday 5-7:00 and 8-8:30

Friday Brainchild (no cover) Saturday Sweetcorn Party on The Patio El Guapo 2:00-4:00pm Kathy Harden and Dave Cooper 4:30-6:30pm Dalton Halls Band  7:30-9:30pm This One’s Pink 10:30pm


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