Memphis, TN -- 2018 Blues Music Awards' "Best Emerging Artist" -- Southern Avenue is lighting up stages across country and across the world with their fiery, soul-soaked Memphis sound.
Nashville, TN -- He is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. To see Steve to perform live is one of the most entertaining shows a human could ever see.
Matt Poss Band
Effingham, IL -- Sounds like Country, Feels Like Rock, Tastes Like Chicken.
Jenny Johnson Band
Carbondale, IL -- Jenny writes music that reminds us that there are heroes in our neighborhood with stories worth telling.
Urbana-Champaign, IL -- Quirky songwriting and blazing xylophone, sure to bring a smile to your face! An Americana variety show from Central, Illinois.
John Spicer & the Fightin' Side
Patoka, IL -- A blazing mix of traditional and modern country, paired with southern rock and blues. One of Central/Southern Illinois' hottest bands.
The Surviving Members
Effingham, IL -- Piano-driven, groovy, pop with a retro and punk flare
Urbana-Champaign, IL -- At only 20 years old, Fiona has already carved out her distinctive brand of powerful indie rock. Her latest album, "Your Playground," is available now and is definitely worth your attention.
Bill Poss & the Useful Tools
Effingham, IL -- Songwriter, storyteller, road-dog. Folk, bluegrass, Americana. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with at any given moment.
Effingham, IL -- Soulful, funky, high energy, feel-good music.
Todd Hazelrigg Band
Kankakee - IL -- Folk to funk to bluegrass and everything in between. Todd was recently named the 'Kankakee Musician of the Year' for 2017. You can find Todd running the show at Mac's Uptowner in Charleston, IL most nights. He'll bring along Polly Launay on violin and JB Faires on bass.
Cisne, IL -- Indie Rock, Jazz, Southern Rock, Funk, and Psychedelic Pop. The hosts of their very own indie/local band festival, Beesonstock.
Tim Crosby & the Lightning Strikes
Carbondale, IL -- A Southern Illinois-based Americana Country Rock band playing all original music.
Taylor Steele & the Love Preachers
Effingham, IL -- Original country blues, country, and rock and roll - infused with old school covers made new again.
Bathtub Hooch Band
Effingham, IL -- Part blues band, part jam band, part rock band: The sound emanating from this tub is a mash of 60's soul nostalgia, spaced out jams, gritty blues, and good ol' fashioned rock and roll.
Effingham, IL -- The hardest working band in folk n' roll. Not only will they be showing off their chops on stage, Jeff and Erin are INSTRUMENTAL in making our festival happen.
Elastic Waist Band
Greenville, IL -- Craig and Swamp have to be the absolute best folk/protest/comedy duo in downstate Illinois. Do NOT miss their set!
Bloomington, IL -- With slide guitar, banjo, and acoustic guitar come arrangements steeped heavily in the fingerpicking styles of the Delta Blues. Bouncing baselines and dancing melodies driven along with two part foot percussion provide a uniquely dynamic listening experience.
Ottawa, ON -- Big heart, big lungs. Sings like an angel, plays like a beast. Rock and roll lover of Heavenly and the heaviest blues.
Jeremy T. McConnaha
Benton, IL -- After many years of performing with numerous nationally known acts as a drummer, Jeremy decided to step out from behind the drums and apply his hatchet to the wood and carved out what has developed into the embodiment of the Conversations EP.
Nashville, TN/St. Louis, MO -- A 22-year-old singer/songwriter who began writing songs as a means of dealing with depression and anxiety at the age of 14. Drawing influence from folk, rock, and rap music, his eclectic mix of soulful tunes finds a truly unique space in the vast world of music.
Aaron America Wilson
Effingham, IL -- Aaron was the longtime frontman and songwriter for local legends, Position 12? He now spends his days running the finest vinyl record/vintage toy store in the land, America's Groove. He'll bring a set of brand new, never-before-heard material to the SSMF stage.
Effingham, IL -- The guitar slingin' preacher with a serious love for the old school southern rock sounds made famous by the Allman Brothers. Hear stripped down versions of his original material and classic covers by the greats of yesteryear.