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Local Peoria, IL Music Scene

Peoria is often looked upon as a microcosm and barometer of mainstream America. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan population was over 372,000. The main campus is Illinois Central College. The local scene is covered by The Peoria Journal Star and Pekin Daily Times. Notable artists from the area include Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Johnson of the Beach Boys, Elaine "Spanky" McFarland, Mudvayne, guitarist Gary Richrath from REO Speedwagon and vocalists Bart Shatto from Trans-Siberiab Orchestra.

Peoria Music Acts

Mindset Evolution * 300 Cam * Liberty N' Justice * Kid Karizma * Betrayal From Within * Cannon * The Crock Pots * Jade Season * Matt Larson * Brainchild *

Local Highlights

Peoria's third annual Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival will be April 21, 2018 at Westwing Park. The event focuses on natural resources, music food and environmental issues. According to Mayor Cathy Carlat, the city has earned a STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The festival includes recycle fashion shows hosted by WHAM Art Association. There will also be garden demonstrations and discussions on water and energy conservation. Performers include VanGuard and The Hamptons. Event sponsors include Dignity Health, Salt River Project, Carescape and Bank 34.

Peoria Night Out explores the local music scene and provides links to bands and venues in the region. Some of the local bands that can be found on this site include Easy Riders, Cosmic Dice, United Groove Theory, The Aposematics, Bluzzilla and 7th Street Saints. The site provides search tools for musicians in locations surrounding Peoria.

Justify The Means has been making music in Peoria since 2003 with a heavy guitar-oriented pop/rock sound. The band has performed in the region at places such as Hooters, Castle Theatre, Whiskeys Roadhouse, The Whammy Bar and Bada Brew. The band is listed on ReverbNation's top 20 rock/metal for Peoria.

Peoria is the home of Thinker Thought Records and artists such as The Forecast, Scouts Honor, Minsk and The Amazing Kill-O-Watts. Thinker Though has released a compilation album featuring 19 tracks by bands associated with Peoria. Some of the artists include William Elliott Whitmore, The Velvet Teen, The Lesser Birds of Paradise, The Red Hot Valentines and The New Trust.

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