ARTS IN THE PARK
ARTS IN THE PARK
Presented by the Morton Fine Arts Association. Bring a lawn chair or blanket,
meet some friends & family, and enjoy great music at a beautiful venue.
The West MacQueen Street Band is named after the starting point of where the journey began, a street located in the middle of the city of Peoria, Illinois. Located on this street is a house that has been rocking with the sound of rock ‘n’ roll music since the early days of the Beatles. There, two great parents allowed their son to live a dream and form a rock band. Since then, musicians have passed through its doors for almost thirty years and their music continues to fill the streets today!
The 144th Army Band provides music for troop gatherings and activities, military and religious ceremonies, community happenings, and civic affairs like parades and other public events. The 5 Star Brass Band is one of the most requested groups. It’s comprised of eight “citizen soldier” musicians from throughout Illinois and the surrounding area.
Members of the group are students, teachers, factory workers and others who also serve their state and nation through music.
5 Star Brass plays a variety of music from recent popular vocal tunes by Lorde and Bruno Mars, to older classics from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, jazz, and of course military marches.
They perform music that raises troop morale and promotes esprit de corps, expands the support of the citizens of Illinois, and supports state and national interests.
5 Star Brass supports the Illinois Adjutant General’s strategic outreach to the soldiers of Illinois, their families, and their communities while also supporting the recruiting efforts of Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command.
If you brought the Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music to America and taught them fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and banjo, you would end up with the King Family Band.
Featuring the King siblings and their parents, this band puts on a high energy show that everyone is sure to enjoy. The King shows are known for their intricate instrumental solos, blended family harmonies, unique original music, and light-hearted fun that only a family group can provide.
With 12 years of experience, the Kings showcase four award-winning instrumentalists and a variety of blended harmonies and solo singers. They excite audiences with bluegrass favorites--such as Rocky Top, Sweet Eyed Darling, and Bluegrass in the Backwoods --as well as gospel, country, original, and yes, even some old time rock and roll music.
The group boasts two state of Illinois banjo champions, who are now living in Nashville and join the band when available; two #1 RAA radio hits; and two proud (most of the time) parents of seven children.
Recently joining the band is the Kings' son-in-law, whose perfect pitch keeps the group in tune and whose steady proficiency with both acoustic and electric guitar keeps the group in time. They have also added two to the sibling fiddle line up: Caleb's wife Melanie and the Kings' first grandchild Audriana.
The Kings are know for their heart-felt and powerful original music, with Caleb recently labeled a Songwriter to Watch by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
This 11-piece band was formed in 2012 by drummer and bandleader Jeremy Clark. Clark desired to play in a high caliber Funk band featuring a professional-grade horn line that played all the classic Funk, Soul and Stax charts. The band is influenced by Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Hornheads, among others. JC and The Redemption operates out of Peoria, IL. The band performs at a variety of places including The Fieldhouse, Peoria Pizza Works, and The CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront.
The Jim Markum Swing Band is a 11-piece group that features very talented musicians on every part. Though small by "big band" standards, this band packs a HUGE punch! From screamin' brass to wailin' saxes, jammin' rhythms to drippin' ballads, this band has it all. Featuring Jim Markum on lead trumpet, their signature sound includes screamin' high notes and technical prowess other bands can only dream about. That's right, this band has it all!
From golden oldies of the Big Band Era to the modern sounds of pop, jump swing, and blues, the Jim Markum Swing Band will get you "IN THE MOOD". Our growing library contains a wide variety of music suitable for any occasion and audiences of all ages.
A natural sounding mix of four seasoned musicians who for decades have played venues and styles all over central Illinois. With a refreshing attention to detail, and dynamics that provoke your sense of nostalgia as much as impress you, Cousin Eddie takes you from the late 60’s Hollies up to this season's undiscovered gems. Sit back and enjoy tunes that leave you reminiscing and toe tapping, all the while singing along to every word.