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Music in the McKenzie Returns for 2019

Peoria Public Library will offer a new year-long series of free Sunday afternoon concerts in 2019, starting January 20 at North Branch from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Concerts feature talented acoustic acts from across the country and sometimes the world. When CDs are offered for sale, a portion of the proceeds supports The Friends of Peoria Public Library. Mark your calendar now for these remarkable performances.

January 20: Bones Jugs - From the depths of Urbana, IL Bones Jugs has emerged as the premier xylophone driven roots Americana act in the country. It’s a 21st century spin on early American music.

February 17: Anne Hills - One of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene. Whether she is singing her own songs or those written by others.

March 10: Dana & Sue Robinson - Americana-roots and folk duo who combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

April 7: Fox Crossing Stringband - These ladies bring high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their bluegrass sound.

May 19: Banjovi & Hawkins and Anne - a three piece band playing bluegrass, country, 60’s, and 70’s. Featuring three part harmonies, with banjo, guitar, and trumpet.

June 9: Turas - Meaning trip or journey in Gaelic, Turas brings traditional Irish music to central Illinois. Playing a wide variety of Irish/Celtic music, Turas never fails to deliver on good music and good times.

July 14: The Sweet Potatoes - Featuring acoustic guitars, ukulele, accordion and harmonica, this trio will bring a smile to your face with their sweet harmonies and songwriting.

August 25: Shawna Caspi - Shawna performs solo, but there is a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a lyrical fingerpicking guitar style.

September 29: Switchback - Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.

October 13: Still Shine - Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass. They mix mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies.

November 17: James Herr - James Herr is an acoustic artist who performs authentic versions of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Jim Croce and other acoustic classics.

December 1: Goodnight Gracie - Goodnight Gracie plays music from many genres including pop, blues, indie, country and a few originals! They love audience interaction and encourage you to get up and dance if the music moves you.

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