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FRIDAY, AUGUST, 23 – MAIN STAGE LINE-UP

 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Feel Free

Joy and Brandon began working together in a local rock band and have since joined forces to create Feel Free – a high energy acoustic duo playing rock and pop covers to please every crowd.

 

 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – The Nightcaps

The Nightcaps are a new vocal/guitar quartet featuring three prominent C-U female vocalists. All four members are veterans of the C-U music scene and perform vocal-centric rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

 

8:15 pm – 10:00 pm – The Tons ‘O’ Fun Band

A mainstay in Champaign-Urbana’s music scene for nearly two decades, the Tons ‘O’ Fun Band fills the stage with nine talented and experienced musicians and a signature four-piece horn section. The Tons ‘O’ Fun Band’s three vocalists will deliver a wide variety of classics remembered and loved by young and old alike. 

10:30 pm – Midnight – Wreckless Whiskey

Reigning 2018 and 2019 Herald & Review Reader’s Choice Best Local Band, and voted the 2019 Tops in The 217 Best Local Band by Illini Radio Group, Wrestless Whiskey is one of Illinois’ hottest bands. They entertain with classic and modern country rock hits and focus on interaction with their fans in the crowd.

 

 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 – MAIN STAGE LINE-UP

 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Bruiser & The Virtues

Performing a mix of original compositions and classics from American icons like Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker, Bruiser & The Virtues deliver an energizing sound to get everyone dancing, and can slow it down with slow blues and smooth ballads.

8:30 pm – 9:45 pm – Them Guilty Aces

Hailing from Chicago, The Guilty Aces deliver energetic swing that’s as if someone took 50’s Rock ‘n Roll and plugged it into Dave Grohl’s guitar amp.

 

10:15 pm – Midnight – Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets

Since 1980, Captain Rat & The Blind Rivets has performed their humorous, satirical, high energy show around the nation while playing popular American music from the era of the Monkees, Elvis, Turtles, and the Ventures.

 

 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 – ONE COMMUNITY TOGETHER PROGRAMMING

In conjunction with the Main Stage acts, the One Community Together programming will provide the community with day-time entertainment.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Bow-dascious String Band and BBL Jazz Band

The Community Center for Arts’ Bow-dascious 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 and Drumline offers local middle school and high school students opportunities to perform great jazz in both big band and combo ensembles. These student music ensembles come together 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.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm – Ngoma Expressions

Ngoma Expressions is Urbana-Champaign’s source for driving beats and energetic dance. They provide a unique blend of polyrhythmic drumming and traditional Sub-Saharan African culture. Their performances will invite audiences of all ages to feel the love of music and the power of community through dance.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm – Bali Lantari

Bali Lantari perform a variety of traditional and newly composed music selections for the gamelan ensemble. The group is accompanied by colorful Balinese dancers. Their performances always bring the dazzling sights and sounds of Balinese culture to our Urbana-Champaign community.

 

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Jean Rene Balekita and BOMOYI

One of Urbana-Champaign’s newest professional music ensembles featuring Congolese rumba melodies that blend gospel, jazz, and African rhythms into a unique sonic experience. The ensemble’s songs of Africa will be sung in their native language of Lingala as well as English, French, Kikongo, Swahili, and Tshiluba.

 

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – Traditional Jazz Orchestra

The Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays hot swinging music from the early 20th century when jazz was young created by the band leaders. Their performances are a great way to start or end the weekend. The Traditional Jazz Orchestra will introduce the three exceptional high school marching bands that will follow them.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Urbana, Central and Centennial Marching Bands

Urbana-Champaign’s three outstanding high school marching bands return to the 2019 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 come together for a finale performance of Tom Wallace’s arrangement of Margarett Cobb and Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby”.


DOWNTOWN GET DOWN STAGE LINEUP COMING SOON

The Downtown Get Down stage will include programming from Folk & Roots on Friday and Saturday, and will also include Urbana’s Downtown Get Down entertainment on Saturday!


ENTERTAINMENT AT OUR PARTNER VENUES COMING SOON

 

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