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WGLT announces trio of powerhouse women for Summer Concert 2022 presented by CEFCU

Cindy Youngren, Lilli Lewis, and Carsie Blanton
From left, Cindy Youngren from Tambora, Lilli Lewis, and Carsie Blanton. All will be performing Saturday, June 18, at the WGLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU.

WGLT has a long and rich history of music with a well-known reputation for showcasing local and new talent. Summer Concert 2022 will be an event like no other where we feature, for the first time, an all-women lineup.

The 20th anniversary celebration on June 18 in downtown Bloomington presented by CEFCU will feature:

Peoria-based Tambora, led by Cindy Youngren

Cindy Youngren, also known as Southside Cindy, has been signing blues and roots music since the age of 16. She’s known for her work in the Sliptones and Hoosier Daddy. Flamenco-band Tambora is Youngren’s latest musical project.

New Orleans folk rock diva Lilli Lewis

Lilli Lewis is a voice for the voiceless in Americana. Her third full album for Louisiana Red Hot Records is lauded by NPR, Rolling Stone, Offbeat Magazine and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Trained as an opera singer and classical pianist, singer-songwriter Lewis has been a composer, producer and performing artist for over two decades. She has been known as the folk rock diva since performing in The Shiz, a band founded with her wife Liz Hogan.

Singer and songwriter Carsie Blanton

Currently based in Philadelphia, by way of New Orleans and Virginia, Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana. Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band,” Blanton delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.

NPR music critic Ken Tucker on Blanton: “(She) is all for acknowledging our current problems, the various daunting fixes we're in, but she's also for shaking off despair, finding solutions and doing the hard work of finding hope.”

Questions? Contact Development Director Melissa Libert.

Contact Melissa at mmboehn@ilstu.edu.