Arts and crafts, music and more: Mark your calendars now for this year's Sugar Creek Arts Festival. The venerable uptown Normal favorite returns for its 36th year 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14.
Last year's street fest featured 130 artists from Central Illinois and across the United States in various media, including ceramics, jewelry, painting and photography. The juried art show is something of a rarity in Central Illinois, and last year six artists were recognized for their work. There's also music and other entertainment for those who are done browsing, and lots of eats and drinks. Keep an eye on the McLean County Art Center's website for more details as the dates draw closer.
Carry on wayward son, in Peoria: Classic rock band Kansas heads to the Peoria Civic Center for a performance 7:30 p.m. March 19. The former garage band from Topeka had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s when it had a string of hits including "Dust in the Wind," "Point of Know Return" and "Hopelessly Human" that helped it produce nine gold and three multi-platinum albums. Band members have come and gone throughout more than four decades of performing, but the band has been a mainstay on the tour circuit.
The band's visit to Peoria is part of its Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, which began last fall. Band members will play the multi-platinum "Point of Know Return" in its entirety, as well as other classic hits, deep cuts and fan favorites. Tickets for the Peoria show, priced at $42-492 with VIP packages available, are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.
Big Easy favorite: The singer-songwriter that "Guitar Player" calls “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene" heads to downtown Bloomington's Castle Theatre for a performance 7 p.m. Feb. 10. New Orleans’ Anders Osborne will perform solo, joined by Central Illinois favorite John Till. Osborne's latest release, "Flowerbox," recorded in his hometown of New Orleans, is a heavier, guitar-driven follow-up to his "Spacedust & Ocean Views."
Tickets for the show are $20-$30 and available now via Ticketfly.com.