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Chicago singer-songwriter Mara Love is bringing her brand of storytelling to the Midwest Madness Music Festival

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Mara Love is one of the performers at Friday's Midwest Madness Music Festival at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington.

The inaugural Midwest Madness Music Festival kicks off Friday night at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington. It is described as a multi-genre music experience for everyone to enjoy.

Making the journey from Chicago for the festival is singer-songwriter Mara Love.

Love is the oldest of six children. Growing up, all kinds of music were played in her household.

"So I try to incorporate everything into my music, whether it be jazz, classical ... I am a really big rock kid, I love country," Love said.

Her musical interests have lead her to being a contestant on "X Factor" and singing backup for Barbra Streisand. A poet at heart, Love said she is so excited to perform at the Midwest Madness Music Festival.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Tracy Chapman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Celine Dion, Love is planning on bringing her partner, Amber Denae, to the stage with her, and also do some covers, some mashups, and some jazz.

"I wanted to have a set that's going to have the audience feel involved as much as possible," she said.

Find tickets, the full lineup, and more information on the Midwest Madness Music Festival website.

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