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Ellnora Guitar Festival – September 14-16, Champaign, IL
Headliners To Watch
Jeff Tweedy – Holding down the folk side of the festival, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will bring his massive catalog of music to the festival for an intimate, ticketed show.
Ronnie Baker Brooks Band – Chicago legend Ronnie Baker Brooks will perform a set of timeless blues songs with his stellar band, a must-see for attendees.
Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge – Jazz guitarist Julian Lage will perform with Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge for a unique and surely unforgettable set from two talented guitarists.
The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell – Post-bop jazz trio The Bad Plus will be joined by beloved, eclectic guitarist Bill Frisell for a collaborative set that is sure to blow some minds.
Shovels & Rope – Roots duo Shovels & Rope combine infectious, folk-rock songwriting with gorgeous vocal harmonies and a stomping, energetic musical backing, making for the perfect festival choice.
Sierra Hull – A big name in bluegrass since her early teens, mandolin player Sierra Hull has only gotten better with age, offering an authentic country-western flare to the lineup.
Ryley Walker – Tomorrow’s Verse favorite Ryley Walker will bring his spacey folk-rock to the festival for two different sets. An incredible songwriter and guitarist, this is a show to be sure to catch.
Andy Baylor – The festival wraps up with a collaborative performance from local guitarist Andy Baylor and a group of unspecified guests, for what is promised to be a spectacle.
You Need To Know
Ellnora guitar festival occurs every other year in Champaign-Urbana. The festival includes 14 ticketed events and a number of free shows taking place over the course of the weekend.
The Bottom Line
Though the festival focuses on guitarists, the diverse lineup includes practically every genre one could ask for, making it truly amongst the most unique lineups of the year. A short distance from Chicago and taking place in a welcoming college-town, it’s a great option for a getaway to see some truly talented musicians.
View the full lineup here.