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Gangstagrass

Gangstagrass | Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 pm

NOTE: Contains mature content Presented in conjunction with the Lions In Winter Literary Festival Best known as the Emmy-nominated makers to the hit FX drama Justified, Gangstagrass is now back with its fourth official album, the aptly-titled, American Music. Released in April 2015, American Music has done what no other Gangstagrass album has done before, charting on Billboard for the first time. Reaching Number 5 on the Bluegrass Charts, American Music debuted on the charts in only its first week of release.

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Vanessa Rubin & the
58th Annual EIU Jazz Festival

Vanessa Rubin & the
58th Annual EIU Jazz Festival |
Friday, Feb. 10, 7:30 pm

58th EIU Jazz Festival featuring vocalist Vanessa Rubin music of Billie Holiday, Tad Dameron, and others Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods. Instrumentalists have always been impressed by her way around a song, her willingness to flow with their muse, and her innate ability to swing that music.

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USAF Band of Mid-America
Freedom Winds

USAF Band of Mid-America
Freedom Winds |
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 pm

FREE (ticket required). Contact the box Office at 217-581-3110, or email doudnatix@eiu.edu for ticket information. This is a general seating event; seats are not reserved.

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Dervish

Dervish | Wednesday, Mar. 08, 7:30 pm

The Sligo Borough Council’s decision to award Dervish the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo cemented the group’s position as preeminent band in Ireland’s wild west. It raised them into the exalted company of poet W.B. Yeats, who was the first person to be awarded the freedom of Sligo. Built upon two sturdy pillars — the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring. In the most recent of many honors, Dervish was recently chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, just after the group toured China in the company of the Prime Minister, Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press voted the band Best Traditional / Folk Group.

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