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Sunset Concerts

2024 Season

Sunset Concerts are fast approaching!

These free concerts will happen each Thursday at 7 p.m. beginning June 13th, running through July 25th. (There will not be a concert on the 4th of July)

For the safety and enjoyment of all, please use only single-serve containers. No glass bottles, No underage drinking, No solicitation, and No smoking. Pets must be on a leash.

All questions for the Sunset Concert season can be directed to the Office of Student Engagement at (618) 453-5714 or

2024 Summer Artists:

June 13: John Primer | Blues | Shryock Lawn


John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend.

John paid his dues and in 1995 he began leading his own band, The Real Deal Blues Band. He has been recorded more than 87 albums with 17 albums in his own name. He has written and produced more than 55 songs on more than 6 record labels including his own, Blues House Productions. Earning 2 Grammy Award nominations, given 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, awarded the "Muddy Award" for being a traditional blues icon, winning a Blues Music Award, Blues Blast Awards and countless other awards, John Primer is a legendary Chicago Blues Icon!

June 20: The Cody Sisters | Folk & Bluegrass | Turley Park


The Cody Sisters band is the very heart of contemporary acoustic Folk and Bluegrass music in Colorado, the United States and the UK. Their propulsive instrumental solos and warm harmonies combine to grip the listener. Along with their bass player Will Pavilonis, sisters Megan (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Maddie (guitar, banjo, vocals) have forged a new sound that has no equivalent match in the acoustic world today.

They have a sound that is original, exhilarating, and heartwarming all at the same time. With strong ties to traditional American acoustic music, they continue to stun their audiences both in the US and abroad.

June 27: Andi Jane and the Honky Tonk Cabaret | Turley Park


Modern music can be a hellscape of corporate enterprise - all bright lights and no substance, with way too many cooks in the kitchen pumping out songs like a strip mall restaurant chain.  Andi Jane’s music is that dim speakeasy you’ve heard whispers of, a place around the corner where those in the know slip away to taste a fare more exotic. 

Piano driven honky-tonk gives way to dramatic horn numbers, the show ebbs and builds like a multi-act play, seamlessly fusing traditional American music with worldly rhythms and dance.  This immersive variety does not act to divert one's attention from her poignant lyrics--it enriches them.  After all, Andi is a true songwriter who has set out to put her own spin on a hallowed yarn, and it’s a weave that can only come from a dreamer.

July 11: Bill Poss and the Useful Tools | Country Blues | Shryock Steps


Songwriter, storyteller and road-dog from Effingham, IL. Folk, bluegrass, Americana. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with at any given moment.

July 18: Lone Hollow | Americana & Southern Rock | Turley Park


LoneHollow, comprised of vocalist Rylie Bourne and guitarist Damon Atkins, bring a rollicking, Southern rock-infused version of Americana while remaining true to the tradition of country storytelling. Both members of LoneHollow grew up surrounded by music, which is part of the bond that brought them together after they each moved from their small towns to Nashville, TN to attend a post-college intensive music business program called Segue61. They’ve released two self-titled EP’s and most recently, two new singles.

July 25: Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Ils Sont Partis Band 

Zydeco | Shryock Steps


Carrying on his Father’s legacy and band, Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. now leads the bands in his legendary father’s footsteps.  He finds himself now the frontman to the legendary “Ils Sont Partis Band”.

As part of his father's legendary band, Buckwheat, Jr has shared the stage with some of the greats like Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Albert Collins, Dwight Yokem, David Hidalgo and Los Lobos, Buddy Guy and many, many more. He has performed for two inaugural balls honoring two United States presidents and is a 2 times Grammy Awards Winner, Emmy award winner, and five-time Grammy nominee.

After the loss of his legendary father to cancer in 2016, Buckwheat, Jr proudly carries on the legacy left to him and continues his father's dream and achievements with the original “Ils Sont Partis Band”, to bring the love of Zydeco and Blues music to the country, the world, the universe.