By now, anyone who has read my column knows I like to search the various nooks and crannies of the Midwest and root out the music hiding in the cornfields. Our particular swath of America is home to such a diverse cross section of American culture, and lately the music scene in our area has been exploding.

Looking Back at Shoe Fest

Shoe Fest is such an experience that I simply don’t have time to break it down by each individual performance, so I am just going to see where this column takes me. I mean, anyone who has read my column before knows that Shoe Fest is near and dear to my heart, like it is to so many in the Midwest.

Shoe Fest 2015

Festival season is winding down, and with the cancellation of Phases of the Moon down in Arkansas (that festival seems to be cursed...), the end is coming even sooner than expected. Luckily for those of us here in the Midwest, there's still "one more dance before summer turns to fall". That is the wonderful weekend of bluegrass, roots, folk, funk, jazz, and rock known as Shoe Fest.

Magnaball In Review

So Magnaball, the tenth festival for powerhouse jam band Phish, has finally come and gone, and left us all exhausted but thrilled, and the memories will stick around forever (it's pretty cool that the recordings of the shows are already available).

Music From Down Under

Anyone who has read my column before knows that I tend to focus on jam bands and prog rock, that kind of thing.

World Reggae and Heavy Metal

So there are a couple albums I really want to talk about, and I couldn't decide which one to write about first, so I included both in this column. Hopefully it's interesting enough to keep you reading!

Bonesstock @ Mike N Molly's

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well stop! We've got the medicine right here in Champaign, downtown at Mike N Molly's in the beer garden; Bonesstock 2015.

Phases of the Moon 2015

Now that we are all basking in the fading sunshine from Fare Thee Well, it is time to look forward, for the summer is far from over, and there are many more songs to fill the air. Ragefest was a rousing success a couple weeks ago, even with the venue change.

Bonesstock 2015 Comes to Town

What with festival season being in full swing by now, it can be easy to forget about some of the great local music just playing around town all over the country. Coming soon (July 18th), some of the finest in Illinois are coming out to rock Mike N Molly's in downtown Champaign for the second annual Bonesstock!