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.
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.
Formed in 1999, The Heartland Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to preserving and furthering the classical music of America – Jazz! Our concerts feature some of the finest musicians in Central Illinois who join with regional and national artists to create a wide variety of Jazz experiences for our communities.
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 seasons undiscovered gems. Sit back and enjoy tunes that leave you reminiscing and toe tapping, all the while singing along to every word.
Clyde R - Guitars and 10 Hole mouth piece. Mark C -Plugged and unplugged Guitars. William S -Things you beat on. Karl W- Low End, Vocals by all.
Founded in 2008, Firebox specializes in the traditional bluegrass sound, styled after the bands of the late 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. Based out of Central Illinois, Firebox is currently performing in the local and regional area to introduce bluegrass to a new generation and preserve this sound that is slowly being lost to more modern genres.
The band prides themselves in the professional attitude they take towards the music and their performance, wearing suits and ties just as they would have done in Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Each show has a variety of songs to showcase each member’s talents. Exciting solos, 3 and 4-part harmonies, and a little bit of bluegrass history make for an entertaining and enjoyable performance.
Musical influences include greats such as Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley, J.D. Crowe, Jim & Jesse, Flatt and Scruggs, and many more.
Introducing Central Illinois’ freshest dance band – 7West. Covering a broad range of styles from Rock to Country, they’re helping to raise the bar for live music in the area with an unsurpassed level of musicianship and production. With Michelle Lynn (vocals), Steve Sefton (Guitar), Tim Lee (Drums), Bob Moore (Bass), and Mike Folkenroth (Keyboards), this group is easy on the ears and has over 100 years of combined experience locally and on national stages, sharing the bill with artists such as Sugarland, Kansas, Brad Paisley, REO Speedwagon, Joan Jett, Jason Aldean, and many more.