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Enjoy Peoria Presents: The At Home Sessions

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) in conjunction with Arts Partners, is pleased to announce the Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions featuring local musicians and artists. 

The live performances will be streamed on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. on select nights. 
"During difficult times, we often look to the arts to provide us with a means for connection and inspiration," said PACVB President/CEO JD Dalfonso. "The sessions will provide a great outlet for our local artists to continue sharing their work with our community and for the community to also help support them." 
"The arts are crucial to staying connected and growing our community's culture," said Jenn Gordon, Arts Partners executive Director. "We are excited to partner with the PACVB to give artists an outlet to share their creativity." 
A donation link through the Arts Partners of Central Illinois Facebook page (@ArtsPartners) will be available for the community to make donations to keep the series going and to support local artists during this time. In addition, a portion of the monies received will go toward purchasing meals from local restaurants for our region's first responders and emergency personal such as police, fire and hospital staff. Donations can also be made at artspartners.net/donate
"We want to create a way to support our local businesses and to support our local emergency and healthcare workers and this is a great way to do just that," said Dalfonso. 
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 1 will feature Seth Cocquit of Harvest Sons on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. Concquit will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Harvest Sons is a Classic Rock inspired band with Americana blend and influence. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 2 will be local band Moon Ruin on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. Moon Ruin will perform a 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. With descriptions like "palpably atmospheric and profoundly transporting", Moon Ruinm provides a melodic escape through sound. Plus, they recently recreated the classic song "I Wish I Was in Peoria" for the PACVB's promotional video. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 3 will feature local musican Emmalyn Paul on Monday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Paul will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Enjoy her acoustic coffee-house sounds with a mix of original songs and covers. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 4 will be local band Strat & Strad on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Strat & Strad will perform a 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Strat & Strad is a unique, haunting, and beautiful little corner of the audio world with sweet guitar licks performed by Aaron Ardner, filled in with beautiful melodies by Rosemary Ardner. A second violinist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, she adds her eclectic electric violin to the mix for an unforgettable combination. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 5 will feature James Herr on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Herr will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Starting with a bucket list to play some favorite songwriters at an open mic, James has gone on to play throughout Illinois as a James Taylor Tribute with songs by Jim Croce, Paul Simon and generations of acoustic songwriters. He will be presenting songs of comfort and meaning to help us cope with the current crisis. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 6 will feature Derel Monteith on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Monteith will perform a 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Derel Monteith is a pianist, keyboardist, and composer. After focusing on classical piano during his childhood in North Carolina, he developed an affinity for improvised music and earned a degree in jazz studies from the University of Miami. Since 2015, he has played with the Derel Monteith Trio, which focuses on his original compositions and instrumental covers of rock songs. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 7 will feature Johnny Walker on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Walker will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Husband, father, songwriter, musician, Johnny Walker has been playing around Central Illinois for the last 20 years, most notably with the two-man acoustic act "Colt 45 & Johnny Walker". He's been focusing on the craft of songwriting the last 4 years, with the hopes of getting his songs cut by artists and placed on TV/film. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 8 will be feature Jared Grabb on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Grabb will perform a 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Enjoy his great blend of indie/punk interpretation of country/blues/folk/bluegrass -- Perfect for an acoustic online live session. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 9 sponsored by Avanti's will feature local band Projekts on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Projekts (the duo of Jessica Gebbink and Chrys Wilson) will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. “Equipped with just two voices and a Ukulele we bring a powerful, stripped down sound to music such as Soul, Folk, Indie, and R&B.” This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 10 will feature Pablo Iglesias on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Iglesias will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Mic’d up for TV by day, mic’d up as a singer since he was 14. With coffeehouse, singer-songwriter vibes, Iglesias’s acoustic sounds range from folk, alternative and even an occasional Top-40 throwback with a little twist. While his full-time gig is with WEEK, he’s also played musical gigs. In college, Pablo was part of the band, Ocean Glass, playing at local venues in the Central IL area as well as Chicago’s House of Blues. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions Vol. 11 will feature local band Black Velvet on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Black Velvet (Billy Kocher and Ami Lynne) will give a live 30-minute concert on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. What started out as a one-time collaboration between a New York-born sound designer and a local singer/songwriter quickly grew into one of Central Illinois' premiere acoustic duos: Black Velvet. They breathe new life into generations of hits from P!nk, The Police, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more. This At Home Session has already happend but you can rewatch it here
Additional sessions will be announced soon and featured on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page. Artists interested in participating in The At Home Session, can email jalbrecht@peoria.org

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) regionally and any potential impact it may have on our day-to-day operations, incoming conventions and events throughout the Peoria area. The health and safety of our region's residents and visitors is always our top priority. 

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