Anika Emily – a singer/songwriter currently based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois who describe her style as “acoustic pop,” although she pulls influences from many different genres including contemporary r&b, alternative rock and hip hop.
Allie Jean – a musician, teacher, and mom. She has taught public school, summer camps, music camps, and private lessons and performed on stages from Hawaii to France.
Arco & Aire – a unique instrumentation of a cello/bandoneon duo that focuses on playing tangos not commonly played on the dance floor and tangos written by composers who are alive today. Their mission is to foster a sense of community and collaboration between tango musicians, organizers, and dancers.
Bandoneon Massacre – a tango orchestra collective based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We started in 2012 as a reading group made up of tango dancer-musicians who wanted to learn how to produce music in the style for dancing. The orchestra performs regularly at local and regional milongas.
Big Daddy Pride & the East Side Five – a psychedelic roots country R&B group from East Urbana Illinois. Weaving together Pink Floydian guitars and New Orleans era R&B fender Rhodes with the driving Tulsa Sound in the rhythm section, makes for a truly eclectic experience.
Bill Kirby – a music teacher at Champaign School of Music and certified Music Together Worldwide teacher.
Black Eyed Lillies – Sprouted straight from a Midwestern corn field, Black Eyed Lillies bring together a classic mix of Americana, blues and folk.
Brian Krumm and His Barfly Friends – the first solo project from Brian Krumm, front man for Chicago’s Americana-noir group The Great Crusades. His debut album, Just Fade Away, was recorded with members of his regular band as well as a who’s who of Chicago music scene notables
Cajun Strangers – an award-winning band from Madison, Wisconsin, that plays traditional Cajun dance music, as you would hear down in Southwest Louisiana and East Texas. A Madison institution, they’ve been playing dances, festivals, events, and backyards for nearly 20 years.
Camellia Moon – a long distance folk trio based in three different towns across the state of Illinois. The three members met many moons ago while studying music at the University of Illinois, and have been singing together ever since. They perform their own renditions of traditional and modern folk tunes, as well as original music inspired by the solace they find in the natural world. The band’s namesake flowers, the Camellia and the Moonflower, represent a creative grounding in presence and appreciation for the small joys in life.
Fox Crossing Stringband – an all-female bluegrass group from Chicago, Illinois that has been winning hearts with their beautiful harmonies, original songwriting, and entertaining stage presence ever since forming in November 2016.
Hooten Hallers – For the past sixteen years, The Hooten Hallers have been crisscrossing the country as inveterate road warriors, bringing their peculiar vision of Americana: a fiery, bluesy, rock and roll fever dream birthed in Missouri’s fertile musical heartland.
Hot Club of Urbana – Urbana’s local favorite tribute to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Jaik Willis – a strumming & drumming One Man Band, a wild fire-breathing freakshow; playing an 11 piece drum set with his feet while playing guitars / bass / & harps; while sing and beatboxing simultaneously, live with no looping or electronics.
Jean René Balekita – specializes in music traditions from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has toured extensively in Europe and the US with the band Bomoyi, performing his original compositions based on a blend of Congolese Rumba and Gospel styles.
John Coppess – a singer songwriter specializing in country, cowboy songs, and folk.
Kate Campbell – a southern singer-songwriter who writes and sings memorable folk songs infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country that originate from a musical landscape spanning the less-travelled back roads from Nashville to Muscle Shoals to Memphis.
Keith Hall and The Creepin’ Grass
Laurel Premo – Laurel Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music, voiced on finger-style electric guitar, lap steel, fiddle, and voice.
Los Texano’z – our own regional Tejano and Norteño band, mixing country polka, bluegrass, and rock roots into a sound that spreads good feelings.
Meadowhawk – plays traditional and original tunes for contra dances and other events.
Merry Travelers Duo – Soulful~bluesy~pop~rock with a groovy, psychedelic twist.
Sixth Street Brass Band – a New Orleans-influenced group with a unique sound. From traditional NOLA style, to in your ear power brass styles, to fun covers of modern pop tunes and classic funk, soul, and R&B music, Sixth Street gives a fun twist on live music with an 11 piece horn section!
Spencer and Rains – fiddlers, guitar-players, and singers who preserve and build upon the traditions of their home states of Texas and Kansas. The husband and wife duo are known for their distinct twin fiddling and close-knit vocal harmony. Both multi-instrumentalists, they are steeped in family musical tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and sharing of old time music.
Tumbleweeds – Traditional Old School Country Music with a little Bluegrass, Western Swing and some Country Rock thrown in too. Led by local legend Dyke Corson.
Tyler Lance Walker Gill – a honky tonk evangelist, spreading the gospel of country music to any barroom that’ll have him. TLWG was born with a plastic spoon in his mouth in Bullitt County, KY. With the voice of a shit-faced angel, Gill writes and sings drinkin’ songs for drinkin’ people.