Arts

2015 Celebration Concert Series
2:48 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

William Elliott Whitmore- Feb. 7, 2015 Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

William Elliott Whitmore has been building a reputation as an absolutely stirring live performer able to convert crowds with just his banjo and voice. Creative Loafing stated, “Whitmore writes songs as honest as Abe Lincoln, takes to the road to share these songs with rooms full of people who’ve likely never heard them, and turns these strangers into fanatics nightly” while the Seattle Times offered, “You hear the diesel engine growl of his voice, the century of blues and folk tradition behind his banjo-driven stomps, the everyday relevance of his lyrics, and you succumb."

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2015 Celebration Concert Series
2:47 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Adam and Chris Carroll- April 4, 2015 Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

Adam and Chris Carroll

A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs.

With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as “one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape”, this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others.

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2015 Celebration Concert Series
2:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Victor & Penny- September 12, 2015 The Box in Galesburg

Victor and Penny
victorandpenny.com

Victor & Penny hail from Kansas City, MO, America’s roaring 1920s “Paris of the Plains.” With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes. Celebrating a time when style mattered, antique pop duo Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast."

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2015 Celebration Concert Series
2:46 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Mother Banjo- October 10, 2015 Vallillo/Holtz Performance Studio

Ellen Stanley
motherbanjo.com

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com.

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Arts
7:48 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Music for Laptop Ensemble

The WIU Laptop Ensemble in rehearsal.
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Laptop computers, tablets and smart phones have all made it possible to perform regular activities in new ways. 

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Avett Brothers Premiere
5:48 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

The Avett Brothers
Credit Courtesy of the artist

It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns- the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter- fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

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