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Summer Concert Series

As 2021 started to look and feel a little more normal, we were thrilled to host a Summer Concert Satellite Series Presented by CEFCU.

Save the date for June 11, 2022, for the long-awaited return of Summer Concert to Downtown Bloomington on the museum square for our 20th annual celebration.

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The Summer Concert Series included community partners and friends, such as:

  • Mackinaw Valley Winery
  • Make Music Normal
  • Nightshop
  • Cultural Fest
  • Saturdays on the Square

Our hope is that this series would bring another boost to local businesses and regional musicians.

Make Music Normal

This community music festival in Uptown Normal was Sept. 10-11. The event featured more than 40 regional musicians, including Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes, Inktrail, Matthew Curry, Leah Marlene, V8 Vast Change, Emily Antonacci and much more.

Mackinaw Valley Winery

She Said So, the Sara Quah Band, and PhanieRae with special guest Lady J performed Aug. 8 at the Mackinaw Valley Winery.


Ashley Riley, The Bashful Youngens & Good Morning Bedlam performed Aug. 27 at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington. On Aug. 28, Blue Car, Jeff Schaller, Darius & Adie Mendez Combo also performed.

Cultural Fest Presents Music in the Park

The Miles Ahead band performed Aug. 21 at Miller Park. It was presented by the Cultural Festival.

Front Street Music Festival

Lisella Martin performed at the Front Street Music Festival in downtown Bloomington (outside Jazz UpFront) on Aug. 21.

Saturdays on the Square

Four separate shows on the museum square in downtown Bloomington. Co-hosted by The Castle Theatre and Pantagraph Media.

  • July 24 at 7 p.m. – Althea Grace
  • July 31 at 7 p.m. – Cordovas and Great Peacock
  • Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. – North Mississippi Allstars
  • Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. – Kalu & The Electric Joint

Heartland Jazz Orchestra

The Heartland Jazz Orchestra performed Sept. 3 near the west entrance of the McLean County Museum of History, as part of Downtown Bloomington First Friday festivities. The show is made possible with additional support from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.