Downtown music festival season is officially here! One of the major downtown music festivals, Legacy of Giving is kicking off tonight right at 5:00 pm. The music tonight goes all the way until midnight, and then tomorrow it’s an all-day festival going from noon until midnight!
Since our original post about the festival earlier last weekend, they have uploaded the full schedule for Friday and Saturday to the Legacy of Giving facebook page. And as you can see on the poster above, there are too many bands playing for us to even list off here. The headlining acts look to be Enamel, The Longmeyer Band, The Station, and This One’s Pink. There are probably about 50 bands listed on that poster playing throughout the weekend. Update – there are actually 60 bands playing 5 different stages for 10 different charities! The festival also features food trucks, a kids area, a vendor fair, a disc golf tournament, and much much more.
The festival also features a disc golf tournament, many different vendors, kids areas, and much more. You can find more information on the festival at logmusicfest.org.
As we mentioned earlier, there are three major outdoor music festivals happening downtown in the month of July. This includes Legacy of Giving Festival this upcoming weekend, Downhome Music Festival at the end of the month, and Abe Fest the weekend of July 9th and 10th.
Abe Fest might feature the fewest bands out of those three, however the festival might be bringing in headliners which might be the heaviest hitters when it comes to national acts. The festival is being held at the Bank of Springfield Center Plaza, and features headlining act Flock of Seagullson Friday, July 9th and Starship (featuring Mickey Thomas) as the headlining act on Saturday, July 10th. Tickets for each of those dates can be purchased in advance on the Bank of Springfield Center website. For the complete lineup and also more info on the festival, be sure to follow the Abe Fest facebook page.
Between Legacy of Giving, Abe Fest, and Downhome Music Festival there are THREE major outdoor music festivals happening here downtown in July that we know of! Plus there is still the Levitt AMP Music Series out on the y-block still every Thursday night through August 5th! That’s a lot of outdoor live music happening here downtown.
The Legacy Of Giving Music Festival is happening here downtown this upcoming weekend Friday and Saturday July 2nd and 3rd. As you can see on the poster above, there are too many bands playing for us to even list off here. The headlining acts look to be Enamel, The Longmeyer Band, The Station, and This One’s Pink. There are probably about 50 bands listed on that poster playing throughout the weekend. Update – there are actually 60 bands playing 5 different stages for 10 different charities! The festival also features food trucks, a kids area, a vendor fair, a disc golf tournament, and much much more.
We are told to be on the lookout for a band schedule to be released any day now on the Legacy of Giving facebook page. You can also find more information on the festival at logmusicfest.org.
It looks like this will not be a summer without music festivals here in downtown Springfield like last summer was! Legacy of Giving Music Festival is happening in just one week on July 2nd and 3rd this year. Abe Fest is happening on Friday July 9th and Saturday July 10th. Downhome Music Festival is happening later on in the summer (still only one month away), and are ones that have just recently announced their lineup!
Downhome Music Festival is happening Friday and Saturday July 30th and 31st! This festival will feature first time performances since before the pandemic hit for a number of local groups! Big headliners on Friday night include Looming and also Junior Pasare. On Saturday night Solar Chariot and Starwolf are headlining but there are a few other notable acts including Park. Stream some of Looming’s music on the player below!
We are unsure if any time slot or ticket info has yet been released, but you can stay up to date with Downhome going-ons on their facebook page. Holy smokes we are thinking about re-booting our Springfield shows page right now!
This is just a post to let you know that local band Bottom Bracket have been announced as playing “Fest 19” in Gainesville, Florida coming up this October! Congratulations to them! We’ve been lucky to have a good number of Springfield bands represented at FEST in the past including Hospital Job, Looming, and Attic Salt. Right now Bottom Bracket is the only local group announced for this year that we know of. FEST takes place on October 29th-31st in Florida.
It’s that time of year once again where one of the biggest gatherings and festivals *would be* happening here downtown right next to us (but unfortunately is not once again this year due to COVID-19). HOWEVER, Springfield PrideFest is still taking place this year just *virtually* on the web. We were happy to donate a gift basket which is being auctioned off as part of this event.
The virtual PrideFest is taking place from 1:00 to 7:00 pm this Saturday, May 15th at UISpac.com. The virtual festival does include music from Thornhill, interviews, contest drawings, and a live drag show at 5:30 pm. More info on the event can also be found on that link. Also follow Springfield PrideFest on facebook to stay updated on going-ons relating to Springfield PrideFest!
Today we are reporting news of a festival going on coming up this early fall, say what??? This one is at Danenberger Family Vineyards just outside of New Berlin, IL. It is the annual Jerry Garcia Tribute Festival, which is usually held at Douglas park happening on Saturday, September 19th. The lineup and schedule is as follows:
Hopefully social distancing of some sort and mask wearing will be practiced at this outdoor festival! Hopefully that curve is also flattened or going downward at this point later on in the fall! Find out more info and a facebook event for this festival right here.
Major concert and festival cancelations for this summer are no surprise at all at this point. This is month old news, but we had not mentioned that Downhome Music Festival, which was set to take place this upcoming weekend, has been cancelled for this year and postponed until 2021. This would have been the tenth year Downhome Music Festival has taken place in downtown Springfield. From the Downhome Music Festival facebook page:
The health of our community is the most important thing. We are canceling the 2020 Downhome Festival and beginning our planning for 2021. We love you all and can’t wait to be together again.
It doesn’t seem like any major events or festivals will be taking place anywhere… in the world… until at least next year! Happy 2020!
What we found to be one of the craziest weekends downtown (in a good way) on our first go-around last year of being at our new location, “Car Show Weekend,” has unfortunately now officially been cancelled for this summer. The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival which takes place every year at the end of September and was slated to take place this year from September 25th-27th, has decided to pull the plug this year after growing concerns of the rise of COVID-19. From the festival’s facebook page:
The current status of the phased reopening in Illinois, coupled with an overabundance of caution has been the major force in driving this decision. We are fully planning to host the event in 2021 and will announce dates as soon as they are confirmed.
Participants who have pre-registered vehicles will automatically receive a refund. Please note it may take up to 30 days to receive your refund. You will receive an email once the cancellation is processed and you will see the credit to your credit card within 5-7 business days from that date.
The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival hosts and organizers appreciate your patience and support as we work through this unprecedented situation. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
At this point every major downtown festival and event has been cancelled this summer, we’ll keep our site updated on more cancellations or news on what events are still happening. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown was originally re-scheduled for September as well, although the future is still unpredictable for events even at that time.
With the weather the way it is on this beautiful Sunday, we can’t help but getting excited about all the upcoming spring and summer festivals here downtown.
Downhome Music Festival just recently announced the dates for their 2020 festival to happen this year on Friday and Saturday, July 31st and August 1st. This will be the tenth year for the festival taking place downtown. There are no bands announced just yet, but there is a facebook event launched right here, and you can also check out downhomemusicfest.com to stay tuned for more announcements.
We didn’t include a post for it earlier, but we would also like to point out that Legacy of Giving Music Festival (the festival which evolved from SOHO) is happening this year as well earlier on in the summer on June 5th and 6th. Check out a facebook event for that one right here!
Those two are not the only music festivals happening in town this summer! Don’t forget the Levitt AMP Music Series is happening once again as well from May 28th through July 30th out on the Y-Block! Announcements for that should be coming in soon!