Rock, pop, Christian and jazz are among the musical offerings in central Illinois this fall. There’s something for everybody, so plan ahead, then get out and enjoy the music.
Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Gordon Lightfoot Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, known for his folk finesse, will perform at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.
Oct. 21. 8 p.m. Michael W. Smith Christian musical legend, Michael W. Smith has won 44 GMA Dove Awards and three Grammy Awards and will play at the Sangamon Auditorium as part of the Wonder, Worship and Blessings Tour.
Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Kirsten and Karin Paludan Singing sisters and Midwestern native, Kari and Kirsten Paludan, will debut in Springfield for “It’s All Relative.”
Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ScrapArtsMusic ScrapArtsMusic, a high-energy Vancouver-based percussion group, will perform choreographed entertainment at Sangamon Auditorium.
Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Critically-commended soloists of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be led by musical director Wynton Marsalis, performing original compositions and works of other jazz composers at Sangamon Auditorium.
Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Erin Bode Group The Americana band, which has a jazz-like quality and a sound similar to Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones, will bring its sophistication to Springfield at Sangamon Auditorium.
Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Midori 28-year-old violinist Midori, named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, will perform at Sangamon Auditorium.
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele-playing musician Jake Shumabukuro will bring his combined sound of jazz, rock, traditional Hawaiian music and a little folk to the Sangamon Auditorium.
Nov. 12, 8 p.m. The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis will bring vibrancy into sounds of the holidays, taking place at Sangamon Auditorium.
For more information on any of the Sangamon Auditorium offerings, go to www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium.
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Oct. 22, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Third Day Multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day will take the stage at Prairie Capital Convention Center as part of the “Make Your Move” tour. (http://www.springfieldpccc.com/)
Nov. 9, 7 p.m. – Midnight Judas Priest, Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy
For the “Epitaph” tour, the rock groups will perform at Prairie Capital Convention Center. This farewell tour is the last opportunity to see Judas Priest in Springfield.
For more information on the Prairie Capital Convention Center concerts, go to www.springfieldpccc.com.
Hoogland Center for the Arts
The Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield offers a hot folksy lineup this fall, starting with the twangy, soulful country sounds of Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers on Oct. 1. The strangely intricate folksy rock sounds of Robbie Fulks follow on Nov. 11, with the bouncy bluegrass sounds of Nora Jane Struthers and Cowboy Andy’s Christmas Show finishing the season on Dec. 17.
Oct. 1 - Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
Nov. 11 – Robbie Fulks
Dec. 17 - Nora Jane Struthers with Cowboy Andy’s Christmas Show
For more information, got to www.hcfta.org.
LouFest in St. Louis
For a heaping helping of modern indie music that has somehow found its way to the mainstream, check out LouFest in St. Louis on Aug. 27 and 28. Featuring the funky-fresh hip-hop sounds of The Roots and the slick electronic sounds of TV on the Radio, LouFest offers a solid lineup at a fraction of the cost of other popular festivals.
Aug. 27-28 – LouFest featuring The Roots, TV on the Radio, Cat Power
For more information go to www.loufest.com.
Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign
Champaign plays host to the epic, expansive sound of rockers Explosions in the Sky for the Pygmalion Music Festival from Sept. 21 to 25. Nearly 90 bands will play at venues all around Champaign during the festival, and concertgoers can buy an all-shows pass or pick up tickets for individual shows.
Sept. 21-25 – Pygmalion Music Festival featuring Explosions in the Sky
For more information, go to pygmalionmusicfestival.com.
The Pageant in St. Louis
Just a short trip south to St. Louis, the Pageant is a consistent source of big-name indie entertainment all season. Choose from a variety of acts in numerous genres, including weird folk from Bon Iver, nimble electro-rock from Skrillex, heartfelt melodies from Death Cab for Cutie, and clever rock hooks from legendary indie band They Might Be Giants. The Pageant is at 6161 Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis.
For more information, go to www.thepageant.com.