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A&E CALENDAR - AUG 9, 2018

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Luke Combs with Ashley McBryde - Aug. 14 (copy)

Luke Combs with Ashley McBryde; 8 p.m. Aug. 14; Illinois State Fair grandstand, Springfield; $12-$32.

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Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers Market; locally grown produce and more, entertainment, activities; 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 26, downtown square. 

An Evening of Comedy with Pat McGann, with Jim Flannigan; doors open 7 p.m. Aug. 11, show 8 p.m., Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $15.

Miller Park Zoo Ice Cream Social; noon-3 p.m. Aug. 11, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington. 

Cruise-in; 4-9 p.m. Aug. 11, uptown Normal.

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Josh Barnett pours a glass of beer for an attendee at the 2017 Bruegala fest at The Corn Crib in Normal. The festival is a project of the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees and features beer, wine and live music. 

Bruegala; live bands and annual B-N Jaycees beer festival; 6-11 p.m. Aug. 17-18, The Corn Crib, Normal. 

Open Cockpit Day; tours of open cockpits of various aircraft; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18, Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington.

Cultural Festival; cultural/ethnic food, entertainment, art, dance, more; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Miller Park, Bloomington.

Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $30 and $40.

3rd Sunday Market; 450 vendors; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 19, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

Central Illinois

Downs Village Market; locally grown produce, meat, baked goods, more; 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays from June 6-Sept. 26, southwest edge of Downs, off I-74.

Cullom Celebration and Cullom Junior Fair; through Aug. 11, annual homecoming celebration and junior fair; downtown Cullom. 

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Agriculture Director Raymond Poe, left, State Fair manager Kevin Gordon and Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdorp inspect the 2017 Butter Cow during its unveiling in the Dairy Building at the State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Springfield, Ill. 

Illinois State Fair; fairgrounds at Springfield, Aug. 9-19.

River City Soul Fest; Aug. 10-12, African-American heritage food and entertainment; Riverfront Festival Park, Peoria.    

Champaign-Urbana Days; food, entertainment, kids' activities, sports tournaments, drive-in movie, more; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 11; Douglass Park, Champaign.  

Hummingbird Festival; banding of birds, information, kids' activities, more; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 11, W.H. Sommer Park, Peoria.

Ignite Peoria, local makers, musicians, artists, live performances, more; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11; Peoria Civic Center; free.

Perseid Meteor Shower; 8:45-10:45 p.m. Aug. 11, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Shirley; sponsor: Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts; arts and crafts fair, other related activities around village; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11-12, Colony Park, Bishop Hill State Historic Site. 

Grand National TT Weekend; Aug. 11-12, motorcycle races, swap meet, parade, concerts and more; downtown Peoria and Peoria Motorcycle Club at Bartonville.

Italian-American Summer Festa; Italian heritage festival, with music, food, games, dance, more; noon-7 p.m. Aug. 12, Hickory Grove Park, near Peoria.

Fairbury Fair; Aug. 15-19, fairgrounds at Fairbury. 

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Amy Gibson of Bloomington looked at crafts at Danvers Days in 2015. This year's Danvers Days is Friday through Sunday with a carnival, live music, vendors market and more at the Danvers Village Park.

Danvers Days; Aug. 17-19, carnival, live music, vendors market, more; Danvers Village Park in Danvers.

Galesburg Heritage Days; Aug. 17-19, pre-1840s rendezvous and Civil War re-enactment; Lake Storey Park, near Galesburg.

Mansfield Homecoming; Aug. 17-19, parade, carnival, entertainment, more; downtown Mansfield. 

Taste of Champaign-Urbana; Aug. 17-18, food fair, entertainment and juried art show; West Side Park, Champaign. 

Downtown Pontiac Cruise Night; classic and antique car cruise-in and activities; 5-8 p.m. Aug. 18, downtown Pontiac square.

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A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird stopped for a sugar water snack at Sugar Grove Nature Center in May. 

Hummingbird Festival; banding, presentations and demonstrations by Sangamon River Audubon Society; 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 18, New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg. 

USAC Silver Crown Bettenhausen 100; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 18; Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield; $10-$30.

Washington Fine Arts Festival; juried outdoor art fair, entertainment, food, more; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18-19, Washington Park, Washington.

ARCA Racing Series 100 Sportsman Nationals; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19; Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield; $10-$30.



Susto; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $12 and $15.

Summer Sounds; 6 p.m. Aug. 10, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; Rockin' Tom & the Cosmic Ramblers.

Burden of the Sky with Another Lost Year and The Reality of Yourself; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $10 and $15.

Summer Sounds; 4 p.m. Aug. 12, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; Turas. 

The Acacia Strain - Continent 10-year Anniversary Tour; 7 p.m. Aug. 13; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $16 and $18 

The Nostalgics; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Miller Park Pavilion, ballroom oldies, $8.

Loungeabout the Roundabout; 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Uptown Circle, Normal; Too Cool.

Old Salt Union; 8 p.m. Aug. 17; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $10 and $12. 

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The Brazilionaires

Front Street Music Fest with Yambeque, Brazilionaires, Dreaming in Color, Billy Branch and the SOBs and more; 2-10 p.m. Aug. 18; Front Street near Jazz Upfront, downtown Bloomington; free except for Billy Branch, $15 and $20.

Big D & Bubba's Game Night; 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $10 and $15.

Heart for Africa concert featuring Cheick Hamala Diabaté; 5 p.m. Aug. 19; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; tickets, $25.

Central Illinois

TAJMO: The Taj Mahal and Keb Mo Band; 8 p.m. Aug. 9; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $45-$125, VIP  package also available. 

Special Olympics Lip Sync; 6-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw. 

Blacktop Mojo, all ages show; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; Monarch music Hall, Peoria; $12 and $15.

Rock the Farm for Easter Seals; 6-11 p.m. Aug. 10, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw.

Boy George & Culture Club; pop group; 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield.

Concerts in the Vineyard: The Shake; 7-11 p.m. Aug. 11, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw.

Halestorm and Mastodon; rock groups; 8 p.m. Aug. 11, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 11, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show and guest Chrissy Sparks; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Foreigner and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; rock groups; 8 p.m. Aug. 12, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield.  

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

Dueling Pianos International; 8 p.m. Aug. 13, Illinois State Fair Grandstand.

Luke Combs with Ashley McBryde; 8 p.m. Aug. 14; Illinois State Fair grandstand, Springfield; $12-$32.

311 and The Offspring; rock groups; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield.

Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. Aug. 17, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist Samantha Baker Krepton; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990.

Brett Eldredge; country singer; 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield. 


Rapper Flo Rida performs before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sept. 7, 2017. Flo Rida and Ludacris with Childish Major will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Illinois State Fair grandstands, Springfield.

Flo Rida & Ludacris, with Childish Major; 8 p.m. Aug. 18; Illinois State Fair grandstand, Springfield; $27-$47.

Wildfire concert series; 6-10 p.m. Aug. 18, Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City; Cusack Bros.; $5; free parking.

Concerts in the Vineyard; 7-11 p.m. Aug. 18, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show and guest Cindy Moore; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

ICMA Chapter 617 jam session and potluck; noon-4 p.m. Aug. 19, El Paso VFW; bring covered dish to share; coffee, tea, table service provided.

Brantley Gilbert; country singer; 8 p.m. Aug. 19, Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield. 



Illinois Shakespeare Festival; through Aug. 11, annual summerlong fest with “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Henry V” and “Shakespeare in Love” in rotating repertory on main stage and related activities; Ewing Manor, Bloomington, and ISU Center for the Performing Arts;  $20, $35, $54.

Central Illinois 

Annie; musical comedy; 8 p.m. Aug. 8-12, Muni Opera, Springfield. 

"Shrek the Musical"; Vermillion Players musical; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9-12, Chautauqua Park Pavilion, Pontiac.



Karaoke; 7 p.m. Aug. 9, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

Party Cannon Express; 6-10 p.m. Aug. 10, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; rock; $5.

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Baaad Boyz; Aug. 10, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Vibe; 6-10 p.m. Aug. 11, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

Frank Parker Quartet; Aug. 11, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Sweetwater; 7-10 p.m. Aug. 11, Western Tap, Bloomington.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Aug. 16, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington.

The Bashful Youngens; 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16, Destihl Brewery patio, Normal; Soundboard Summer Concert Series.

Chicken Shack & John Till; Aug. 17, Nightshop, Bloomington; roots; $5 cover.

Harry Tonchev Trio; Aug. 17, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.

Nicotine Poetic; 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, Bloomington; rock; no cover.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; rock; $5.

Big on Blondes; 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Gill Street Sports Bar; classic rock.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

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Children's Discovery Museum 

For kids

Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.

"Double, Double"; 10 a.m. Aug. 9, Ewing Manor grounds, Bloomington; Nancy Steele Brokaw play about Abe Lincoln discovering William Shakespeare; Theatre for Young Audiences, free.


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