Citizen Way is a contemporary Christian music and Christian rock composed of David Blascoe, Ben Calhoun and Daniel Olsson. Citizen Way started the music scene in 2012 with their debut single “Should’ve Been Me.” The band’s fan base quickly grew with hits “Bulletproof,”“How Sweet The Sound,” and “When I’m With You.” The band continues to make an impact both on and off the air as they’ve toured the country alongside acts like MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa and more. 2018 song release “WaveWalker.”
Eric Burgett grew up on the family farm in Latham, IL and had several regular performances on an old upright piano at his parents’ tavern, The Korn Krib, as well as during the offerings on Sundays at Latham United Methodist Church. In 2012, Burgett made the move to Nashville to pursue his countrymusic dreams and learning from some of the best writers and artists. In Fall 2017, Eric signed with Bow to Stern Management, headed by Grammy nominated producer Matt McClure. Eric’s career has been full of opportunities on the stage, where the piano playing country singer has landed opening slots and guest appearances for the likes of Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Chris Stapleton, Charlie Worsham, Phil Vassar, Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Craig Morgan, and Jim Brickman. Songs: “Town You Never Heard Of”and“Nothin’ Better”
Eric McSpadden grew up in Decatur, IL, before moving back to St. Louis in 1970’s, where he is one of the better-known blues performers. He made his musical career playing with a number of groups, including famed St. Louis bluesmen Johnnie Johnson and Oliver Sain. While he is known for his blues singing and harmonica, he also plays a wide range of styles and genres. Over 6 million people have viewed the YouTube video, the Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer trailer, with McSpadden’s voice as a key part of the story. McSpadden performs regularly at BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups on Broadway Street and Hammerstone’s at 9th St. & Russell St. in St. Louis, Missouri. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Esterly featuring Eric McSpadden featured in Call Of Duty WWII Trailer)
Bonfire (Illini Park)
A group of dudes that want to rock and entertain performing mostly Rock n’ Roll with songs ranging from Eric Clapton, Beatles, various other artists, and a few band originals. They are a small band named “Bonfire” from Argenta, IL, composed of the members David Revelle, Coy Simmons, Stephen Ryan, Jacob Woodruff, and Nathan and Aaron Dahl.
In the summer of 2017, The NATU Band was selected to compete in the Nash Next competition hosted by Big Machine. Out of several bands voted by fans and Nash FM appointed judges to represent Illinois, The NATU Band came in a very close runner up. Along with original music written by singer-songwriter Natu Visinia, The NATU Band also covers High Energy upbeat fusion of Country, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Pop, and top 40 crowd favorites both classic and modern. Songs: “Man I am Today” and “Wild Turkey Style”
The members of Day 40 have been writing and recording since 2004. Their latest project was recorded and produced by Matt Odmark at the Jars of Clay studio in Nashville, TN. Although members have changed slightly over the years, the core group of guys are still together, edging closer to 15 years as a Christian band. Other members Matt Massey and Zech Miller moved out of state and Jake Widenhofer is now lead guitarist for Christian Singer Matthew West. For more information on Day 40 click here.
Tennessee Borderline is a five-piece variety band, playing a wide mix of modern and classic country, classic and southern rock, and current pop hits. The Band won 2017 State Journal Register’s Reader’s Choice awards for “Best Local Band Band” and “Best Live Entertainment” categories, as well as a finalist in the “Best Country Band” category. The Band plays a wide spectrum of clubs, bars, fairs, festivals, and special events all over Central Illinois.
Chris Bradley is an ardent collector of great songs from a variety of eras and genres: traditional British and American folk, classic pop and rock from the fifties, folk-rock from the sixties, and jazz and pop classics from the Great American Songbook. He makes each song his own, resulting in a show that is unique, classy, and which appeals to a wide audience. With his large repertoire, Chris strives to tailor each performance to the particular audience. The emphasis is on the songs, always presented in a show that is well-paced and professional.
From Champaign, Illinois and now entering their eighteenth year as a group, The Boat Drunks have performed from coast to coast with nearly every member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and opened shows for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, and Little Feat. Their set includes fan-favorite Buffett hits, music from their five studio albums, and other covers from Little Feat, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, and more. The Boat Drunks perform at many “Parrothead” fundraising festivals across the country and their originals have been heard on Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Sirius/XM Channel 24. Their upcoming 2018 album release features eight new original recordings written by the band. The first single from the album, “Beer, Buffett and Baseball.” (Click for video of “Callin’ In Gone”)