Paul Kotheimer is a songwriter, activist, recording artist, and performer of DiY/acoustic, indie rock, and political folk music, performing since the late 1980’s, based in Urbana, Illinois. He is also the founder of DiY/folk & acoustic recording company, the hand-made record label (www.handmaderecords.com). Paul’s songs are characterized by intricate, poetically expressive lyrics. Many of his political folk songs adapt melodies traditional to American folk and protest music, adding new lyrics. Along with a repertoire of witty and insightful originals, Paul performs classic treasures such as Lydia the Tattooed Lady, made famous by Groucho Marx.
Emily Anne with Cody Jensen - 5:45-6:30 PM
Emily Anne is a local musician (guitar, piano, accordion) and singer/songwriter. She sings with the voice of an angel but the grit of a country girl. Her wide variety of folk originals and country covers will rouse even the most ardent of critics for a boot-stompin’ drinking song or a hear-breaking country waltz. For this performance, Emily will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Cody Jensen.
Jordan Kyle & the Jordanaires - Friday 6:45-7:45 PM
Jordan Kaye and the Jordanaires – led by Jordan Kaye, this band offers up a variety of folk music, country songs, jazz standards, western swing and more. He’s immersed himself into the Nashville music scene and his guitar playing continues to evolve. Fronting the Prairie Dogs for many years, Jordan also performed with the traditional jazz band Medicare 7, 8 or 9. He knows hundreds of jokes, thousands of songs and twice as many guitar chords.
Chachi & The Bandidos - Friday 8:15-9:15 PM
Chachi and the Bandidos – fronted by Marten “Chachi” Stromberg and featuring Everett Elam on guitar, this band plays country classics and b-sides, RnB hits and deep cuts, soul and rock n’ roll; everything from Willie Nelson to Chuck Berry to Marvin Gaye.
The Blues Deacons - Friday 9:45-10:45 PM
Led by Billy Galt (guitar/vocals), the band also includes Andy Burnett on drums and Beau “Blind Dog” Renshaw on bass. Together, these three veterans form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. With a huge catalog of material including originals, lesser-known covers, well-known classics and modern blues hits, the Deacons serve up a live show that is soulful, bluesy, and a lot of fun.
DJ Silkee - Sat. 5-6:30 PM
As a part of the final Downtown Get Down, DJ Silkee will be spinning all your favorites to dance to with the whole family!
New Souls - Sat. 6:30-8 PM
Get down to the soulful hip-hop, R&B, and 90s goodness of New Souls!
JEAN RENE BALEKITA AND BOMOYI - Sat. 8:30-9:30 PM
Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba. Their music is tinged with Gospel and Jazz, all played with solid and infectious African rhythms.
Caleb Cook Band - Sat. 10-11:15 PM
Local country music stalwarts, the Caleb Cook Band is dedicated to providing a good time through the preservation of Classic Country, Roots and Old Time music. Studying the music of the greats such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens, the Caleb Cook Band draws inspiration while composing music in the same timeless style.