The Springfield Area Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts. To help complete this purpose, the Springfield Area Arts Council produces two outdoor summer performance series called Artist on the Plaza and Music at the Market. Both performance series are free to the public and feature local talent. Funding for these events comes from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Springfield, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, and downtown merchants.

Artist on the Plaza

Takes place every Wednesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 29 – August 28)

12:00 to 1:00 P.M.

On the Old State Capitol south lawn

This event is family friendly and is the perfect way to spend the lunch break.

SCHEDULE

May

29 – Phil Steinberg, the songs of Sinatra

June

5 – Springfield Area Youth Jazz Band, jazz instrumental

12 – Mark Mills, guitar and vocal

19 – Monica Hays, vocal

26 – Lady Carol and Her Knights, rhythm and blues

July

3 – Joe Allen, guitar and vocal

10 – Messengers for Christ, gospel

17 – Route 66 Quartet, barbershop

24 – Mary Bryant Home singers, vocal

31 – St. Andrew’s Society, Scottish dance

August

7 – Britney long, country

14 – Ryan Mobley, guitar and vocal

21 – Gerald Cole, rap

28 – Derrick Streibig, guitar and vocal

Music at the Market

Takes place every Saturday from May 18 to October 26

10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

At the Old Capitol Farmer’s Market

On Adams Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets

This event is also family friendly and a great way to spend Saturday mornings.

SCHEDULE

May

18 – David Tell, Native American flute

25 – Arlin and Erin, singer/songwriters

June

1 – The Dandelion Pickers, folk

8 – Tim Garman, dulcimer

15 – Dennis Darling, keyboard

22 – Idle Oath, bluegrass

29 – Liz Fitz, eclectic

July

6 – Rhodes and Battles, singer/songwriter

13 – Hannah Mobley, ukulele

20 – Andrew Heathwaite, children’s music

27 – Last Acre, folk

August

3 – Adrian Russo, piano jazz

10 – Cowboy Randy, yodeling and roping

17 – Jones and Chase, country

24 – Rachel Rambach, singer/songwriter

31 – Casey Cantrall, singer/songwriter

September

7 – Peaches and Bacon, banjo and fiddle

14 – Larry Stevens, guitar and vocals

21 – Mike Anderson, dulcimer

28 – Lowder and Manning, singer/songwriter

October

5 – Tom Irwin, singer/songwriter

12 – Jake McNamara, ukulele

19 – Dan Grover, guitar and vocals

26 – Eldon Roark and Troy Roark, magician and juggler