GLT Summer Concert is the best street party in town. We close down the corner of Jefferson & Center Streets in downtown Bloomington, IL and invite you to spend the evening with us. Cold beer, festival food, and some of the best music you'll ever hear.
When: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Where: Downtown Bloomington, IL
Time: Grounds open at 3:30 PM.
Cost: Thanks to CEFCU and our other generous sponsors, the concert is FREE! (Cash beer/wine bar)
5:00 pm - Doug MacLeod
6:30 pm - the Hot Sardines
8:30 pm - Jason D. Williams
What to bring: Lawn chairs/picnic blanket, sunscreen or umbrella (we go rain or shine), legal photo ID for beer/wine.
This is an outdoor concert, so dress for the weather. You may bring food with you, but absolutely NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL is allowed. Please help us continue our spotless reputation of throwing a really big party of responsible adults by adhering to the Bloomington liquor codes. It is a privilege for GLT to be allowed to provide a walk-around beer/wine garden. Please be respectful of this privilege.
Service animals are welcome, please leave pets in the comfort of their homes.
Hold on to your hats, folks. Jason D. Williams is one of the highest-energy performers you'll see in your lifetime. This is full-tilt rock-a-billy piano inspired by Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, and Memphis Slim, who, in Jason's words were, "...some of the greatest entertainers ever to be seen."
Williams has recorded for RCA and Sun Records and has been performing from the tender age of 16 when he left his tiny hometown of El Dorado, Arkansas to cut his teeth playing for Sleepy LaBeef. After decades of putting his honky-tonk country and Memphis rock 'n' roll spin on the songs of others, Williams has also added songwriting to his repertoire.
When you spend this much energy performing, you need some seriously relaxing hobbies. Williams reboots by running marathons at the side of his wife and birdwatching.
Williams can also add movies to his list of accomplishments. He performed all Dennis Quaid's hand shots for the movie "Great Balls of Fire" and was featured in "The War Room" documenting Bill Clinton's race for the White House.
Start working on your dance moves now - you'll need every last one of them to keep up with this party. Check out this YouTube video of Caldonia ...
"Not so much reviving standards as taking defib paddles to them and jolting them back to life." – The Patriot-Ledger
That's as good a place to start as any, when you're describing the raw talent and electrifying performance of The Hot Sardines. You're going to flip over this band. It's sizzling brass, stride-piano, percussion that includes a tap dancer (yes, tap dancer), held together with a "one-of-the-boys" front woman with a voice from another era.
Born from the chance meeting of a NYC actor and a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam in Manhattan, the Hot Sardines play the hot jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s with a 21st century approach.
Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians to play jazz as it was in the era when live music was king ... with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion.
Forbes Magazine calls them "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today."
Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year (There's A Time), the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year, and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition.
He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice. While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style.
MacLeod opens the 2015 GLT Summer Concert. You definitely want to get there early so you don't miss a note. MacLeod plays his original song Rosa Lee ...
GLT Summer Concert Supporting Sponsors:
Downtown Bloomington Association
City of Bloomington
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