Friends / Musicians

Bill Porter: Local rhythm/blues/rock icon. And my friend since the '70s. 

Doc Holliday: Local band with friends John Morris, Larry Estes. Mostly acoustic folkish rock. Good stuff!

Tommy O'Donnell: Inktrail, Something Brother, Spelunkers, Ike Reilly, and a Jerry Reed fan! 'Nuff said.

Toby Walker: Acoustic blues finger picker extraordinaire.  Took his class at Fur Peace Ranch in '15. Excellent! 

Pat Donohue: Another finger picking wizard.  Replaced Leo Kottke as house band for A Prairie Home Companion. Many excellent CDs but my favorite is "Big Blind Bluesy."


Venues - my local favorites

Lucca Grill: Best damn pizza around. And they have music once in a while. ;)

Schooners: Super cool beer garden and excellent music every Wednesday and Saturday. During warm weather.

HyVee Market Grill: Darn good food, and I play there every other month for the Tap Takeover events. Usually with Larry Estes. 

DBA Farmers Market: The BEST Farmers Market in Central Illinois!  

Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe: Wonderful eclectic menu and blues/jazz every Friday and Saturday.


Blues Societies and other NPOs

Arts Partners of Central Illinois: This is where you go to find out what's happening in the Peoria Area art world.

River City Blues Society: Peoria's Blues society

Prairie Crossroads Blues Society: Champaign/Urbana Jazz & Blues Association

Illinois Central Blues Club: Springfield based blues society

Old House Society: Bloomington's excellent old house society. Got and old house?  They have what you need!

Wheels O' Time Museum: The coolest auto (and MUCH more) museum around. Amazing variety of transporation related displays

Peoria Jazz:  Peoria area Jazz and Blues calendar and venue list.