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Cody Canada & The Departed

September 23, 2014 - Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00p.m.
8102 N University
Peoria, IL 61615
309-693-1234
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The studio environment for a working musician is equal parts laboratory, man cave, and holy place. On a steamy day in Austin, Texas at Yellow Dog Studios, there was a reverent hush that made it feel like a sacred service was underway. When the studio door opened, a song tumbled out. "Better get right, before the Lord gets ready," a Gospel-drenched refrain; deliberate and soulful stuff. Through the glass, The Departed was playing live, facing each other in a circle, with Steve Littleton on Hammond B3 in a separate room, and Seth James singing with a world weary voice in the booth.

The guys came back into master control to listen to the track with co-producer Adam Odor. They all were looking down at their respective electronic devices while the music was on. Adam whispered that Cody Canada and The Departed were making a straight up rock record this time around, tapping into the eternal emotions and sonics that have informed the great American musical styles from the start. That album is called Adventūs, the Latin word for arrival.

The Adventūs album is fourteen tracks deep. The band members, Cody Canada, Seth James, Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton, and new drummer Chris Doege, have never had the luxury before of starting the recording process with so many songs. They have worked collaboratively, bringing thoughts, phrases, verses and riffs together. This project, in fact this band, is a testament to the creative process. It is about playing what you want with whom you want, carving out a road family fueled by mutual appreciation for each other's talent as well as the camaraderie.

Adam Odor put the process in perspective, "The Departed had the last year and a half to lock in, to find out who they are and what they are together. That's the way they did it in the old days, when a band would get signed to a label. The A&R guy (Artist and Repertoire) would let them tour for a year or so, before he took them in the studio to record. That is what is happening with The Departed. These guys are all so good, the musicianship and the songs, and that is a rare thing when you have them both." Cody explained further, "For this album, we were ready to roll. When we started practicing there was the feeling that we are honored to be doing this together. Doing other people's songs for the first album, This Is Indian Land, gave us time to let the new stuff percolate. There are some really intricate songs, and so far, we have only played a couple of them out in public."

Cody Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Cody recalls, "I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Mike McClure, the Red Dirt Rangers and they were all playing this really, really good music. It was kind of in that same vibe as the Allman Brothers and The Band. But what came out of it was really diverse. There were more country acts like Jason Boland. The All American Rejects were the rock guys. Then you had the whole Red Dirt hippie thing…I didn't even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it's stayed with me ever since."

Canada was front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, where he tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard's Top 10 Country Albums Chart. They sold over a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term "Red Dirt" to the nation. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music that were formative. The Departed's first priority was getting into the studio and cutting the Oklahoma tribute album that Cody had wanted to do for years. This is Indian Land came out last year, a 15-track "buffet of really kick-ass Okie songs," Canada noted.

And so a seamless transition was made, Cody Canada and his long time Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato on bass and vocals; along with Seth James on guitar and vocals (Seth James Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys (Live Oak Decline, Stoney LaRue & the Arsenals, Medicine Show) and Chris Doege on drums (Seth James Band, Nashville touring acts). The band members have known each other for years, and they know each other's musicianship. They are excited to be playing together, stoked about the new beginning that their first studio album of original material provides.

Cody Canada & The Departed continues to hit the road hard. As excited as they are about their gigs, they are taking it all very seriously. Canada continues, "Now it's a new band playing new songs so we've got to learn everything, get our game together and practice. It's a whole lot of fun. I can't sleep at night. It keeps me awake, not from worry but from excitement. We're just ready to tear it up."

Cody Canada, Jeremy Plato, Seth James, Steve Littleton, and Chris Doege embrace the future with Adventūs. The music rocks, shimmers, simmers; amplified by the heat of the Texas sun. Adventūs signals the arrival of The Departed.

The concert will also feature country artist Craig Gerdes.

Historic Trolley Tours

September 25, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Peoria Heights, IL
309-674-1921
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Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information:

The Fox on the Fairway

September 25, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Free Wine Tasting

September 25, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
Wines 'n More
151 S. Main St.
Morton, IL 61550
309-291-0899
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Come on in and enjoy wines from around the world! Every Thursday we will be tasting new unique wines. Wines will be available the duration of the week. Throughout the month we will be sampling some of our gourmet foods also!! Friend us on FACEBOOK!!

Karaoke

September 25, 2014 - 08:00PM to 12:00AM
Firehouse Pizza & Pub, East Peoria
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 698-9111
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Every Thursday night in the Pub, we have karaoke from 8pm-midnight! It is always a good time and is hosted by local radio personalities!! Come join us!!

Startup Weekend Medical

September 26, 2014 - Event starts at 6:30 pm
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center
1306 N. Berkeley Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
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September 26-28 is the first ever Startup Weekend Medical. The goal of this event is to attract aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, developers, engineers, even clinicians, to come to Jump for the weekend with the opportunity to launch an innovative idea in health care. For more information and to register, please visit http://peoria.startupweekend.org. Early Bird Admission is only $80 for the general public and $40 for students and includes all meals. Registration deadline is September 15.

“Everyone at Jump is excited about the variety of innovative programs we will be offering during September,” said John Vozenilek, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Jump. “We are always looking for cutting-edge opportunities at Jump to help improve the health of the community and develop new partnerships. TEDMED, the Disney Institute, and Startup Weekend Medical are all tremendous opportunities to do that.”

A collaboration of OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Jump has hosted more than 75,000 people for lectures, presentations, and hands-on training using simulation since opening. Learn more at www.jumpsimulation.org.

The Fox on the Fairway

September 26, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Artists on the Boardwalk

September 26, 2014 - 04:00PM to 08:00PM
Junction City Shopping Center
5901 North Prospect Road
Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61614
309-740-0808
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Local artists displaying and selling their artwork along the boardwalk.  Music filling the air, eclectic dining choices from our restaurants, stylish decor in our unique shops and current, top fashions in our boutiques.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

September 26, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
German-American Central Society
7601 N. Harker Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-7484
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The Lindenhof Restaurant is open to the public every Friday evening. Dinners are served from 5-8 pm. Dinners are $12.00 per plate for adult and $6.00 for children. Desserts are also available for $2.

German beers are on draft. We also have an assortment of wine by the glass and the bottle.

Weekly live entertainment from various local artists playing traditional German favorites.

Check our website www.peoriagermans.net or find us on Facebook under The Lindenhof of Peoria to see what is on the weekly menu.

Bar open until Midnight!

Days of the New at Limelight Eventplex

September 26, 2014 - Doors open 7:00 p.m. Show time is 8:00p.m.
8102 N University
Peoria, IL 61615
309-693-1234
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After tragically disbanding in 1998 all the original members of the DAYS OF THE NEW have reunited. That is Travis Meeks (vocals/ guitar), Todd Whitener (guitar), Jesse Vest (bass), and Matt Taul (drums),

The first DAYS OF THE NEW album was released in 1997, immediately selling 1.5 million copies worldwide. Three songs from this album were hits: "Touch, Peel and Stand," "The Down Town," and "Shelf in the Room."

The first was No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart for 17 weeks; "The Down Town" and "Shelf in the Room" were each top 40 hits."Enemy" is also a Radio favorite. "Touch, Peel and Stand" is still consider one of the most successful videos of all time on MTV and VH-1.

Travis's second album "Green," the album sold 450,000 copies. It had two hit singles, the first was "Enemy" which reached No. 2 on Mainstream Rock Charts and No. 10 on Modern Rock Charts 4 and then the second was "Weapon and the Wound" which reached No. 10 on Mainstream Rock Chart.

After the bands controversial break up at their peak of popularity Todd Whitener, Matt Taul, and Jesse Vest would go on to form TANTRIC. They immediately were signed to Madonna's label Maverick and quickly had a platinum album with the smash hit "Breakdown".

Now DAYS OF THE NEW is back and will be touring throughout 2014. With new material written – studio recording is predicted shortly.

With special guest "Born On Leap Year"

Swing at Contemporary Art Center

September 26, 2014 - 08:30PM to 12:30AM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822
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A Swing Dance Event 8:30pm-12:30am, the 4th Friday of each month (after Five Spot).

Dance lesson (learn the basics of swing & lindy hop) 9:30am-12:30pm
Also featuring open dancing to the music of DJ Matt Vazquez

Community Indoor Garage Sale

September 27, 2014 - 08:00AM to 01:00PM
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A $17 fee secures a 10-ft selling table at Franciscan Recreation Complex’s annual Community Indoor Garage Sale.

RiverFront Market

September 27, 2014 - 08:00AM to 12:00PM
200 Water Street
Peoria, IL
(309) 671-5555
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Come shop with us in our NEW LOCATION!

Illinois grown produce, local meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, fresh flowers and much more!

Local Art , Live Music, Demonstrations 

Bloody Mary's and Mimosas at Martinis
Breakfast at New Amsterdam 

Chef demonstration at 10 a.m., Balloons by The Twist


Open Every Saturday Morning

June - September, 8 a.m. - Noon

200 Block of Water Street
www.peoriariverfront.com

Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2014

September 27, 2014 - Saturday: 9:00am, Sunday: 11:00am
Peoria Civic Center
201 S.W. Jefferson St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 680-3500
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Admission $7  Two=day pass $10
Children 6-12 $1  Students with ID half price

400+ Quilts
Bed Turning
Silent Auction & Boutique
Demonstrations
Quilt Challenge
Raffle Quilt
Vendors
Food & Beverages
Free Parking

For more info, go to www.gemsoftheprairie.com

 

SCRAPBOOK FOR THE TROOPS

September 27, 2014 - 09:00AM to 09:00PM
216 Marquette St.
Creve Coeur, IL 61610
(309) 645-7773
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Come scrap, craft, make cards, sew, quilt, knit, etc.!

Shop Vendors

50/50 Drawing & Raffle

Registration Cost Includes:

Table Space

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Door Prizes & Goody Bags

Do Giraffes Sleep Standing Up?

September 27, 2014 - 09:00AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-681-3559
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Have you ever wondered… “How much do rhinos eat in a day?” or “Where do giraffes sleep?” All this and more will be answered during the Peoria Zoo’s Behind the Scenes tours scheduled for August 30 and September 27 at 9:00 am.  The hour long tours will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see.  You can learn more about the animals and how we care for them. Cost of the tour is $22 per person and includes Zoo admission.

For questions or to register, call the Peoria Zoo Education office at (309) 681-3559 or check our website at www.peoriazoo.org.

Mike Boatman Photography Sessions

September 27, 2014 - 10:00AM to 03:30PM
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N. Taylor Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536
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Join Mike Boatman as he shares his nationally recognized knowledge and experience on photography with you. Mike is a very fun and engaging person who had decided to hold a series of photography session at the Park.

The first session was in May and encompassed the idea of learning to see images through your eye and portraying that image into a photo. This next session will focus on some advanced composition aspects and techniques as well as adding some emotional components to photographs.

Mike would like to extend his welcome to attend the event on September 27th to all interested, including guests who attended the first session. This session will provide new insights on photography, making it different for previous attendees and equally as exciting for new attendees.

Session Includes:

Conversation with Mike
Field Trip to take photos through the Park
(please dress for appropriate hiking)
Personal attention and assistance from Mike
Friendly Critique Session
Questions and Answer Session with Mike 

 

Historic Trolley Tours

September 27, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-674-1921
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Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information: Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society

Woodland Theater The Great Works Begins Theater Troupe

September 27, 2014 - Sa: 9/27, 11:30 am & 3:30 pm – Su: 9/28, 11:30 am & 3:30 pm
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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Saturday, September 27th- 11:30am

Saturday, September 27th- 3:30pm

Sunday, September 28th-11:30pm

Sunday, September 28th- 3:30pm

The Great Works Begins Theatre Troupe is returning for its third year to perform Robin Hood. This theatre troupe has a passion for their trade and love performing among the trees. Performances will be located off the lower parking lot entrance.

Please visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda/events for more details

Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair

September 27, 2014 - 12:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-671-5555
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It's like having a national art collection right in your own backyard as the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair brings the works of over 150 national artists to the Peoria Riverfront the last weekend in September. As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city's finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria's best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair. It's central Illinois' signature cultural event and the experience can be yours! Visit http://www.peoriaartguild.com/ for more information.

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