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  1. Chicago (2745 profiles)
  2. Rockford (287 profiles)
  3. Springfield (239 profiles)
  4. Peoria (220 profiles)
  5. Joliet (220 profiles)
  6. Aurora (210 profiles)
  7. Bloomington (208 profiles)
  8. Naperville (202 profiles)
  9. Champaign (166 profiles)
  10. Elgin (164 profiles)
  11. Plainfield (150 profiles)
Illinois Music Scene

Illinois has been a very influential state in producing a wide variety of music. Some of the most notable musicians from Illinois are Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Styx, and Cheap Trick. After World War II the Chicago blues scene had a major hand in creating rock and roll. Black blues pioneers like Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters paved the way for other artists to continue in the blues craft.


Chicago has contributed most of the music in Illinois. Its scene is comparable to other high-level markets such as New York and Los Angeles. The Smashing Pumpkins became one of the pioneers of alt-rock and grunge-rock during the 90s. They proved that grunge bands did not have to start in Seattle to make it in the industry. One of the most well-known rock festivals, Lollapalooza, helped to further validate Chicago as a credible leader in the music world.


Famous rag time composer Artie Matthews and Morris Day of the Time hail from Springfield, Illinois. This city also has a thriving ballet and dance scene. The Springfield Summer Arts Festival has all kinds of music ranging from opera, to classical, to rock. The summer event also offers many different types of food, performing arts, and games.


Rockford’s most famous export is the modern-rock band 3 Doors Down, a group billed as the second coming of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Also, check out beetcafe.com which features video clips of local musicians from the Rockford area.


Best Venues to Play in Illinois


Chicago – Martyrs’ has free parking, great music, and is cheap. This place can pack a lot of people when bigger acts come to town.


Springfield – Marly’s Pub books national, regional, and local acts. They recently upgraded their sound system, making this club a treat for bands.


Rockford – Woody’s On Main is a club that focuses on the growing acoustic music scene in Rockford. Woody’s is easily seen and very accessible from the city.




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  • Gurnee, Illinois, 60031
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Heavy Metal
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums
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  • Roselle, Illinois, 60172
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Acoustic
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Vocalist - General, Other Percussion
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  • Villa Park, Illinois, 60181
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Cover/Tribute
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Drums
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60601
  • Cover/Tribute, Country, Acoustic
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Background Singer, Vocalist - General
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  • Plainfield, Illinois, 60544
  • Cover/Tribute, Other, Classic Rock
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60402
  • Electronic, Classic Rock, Alternative/Modern Rock
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Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - General, Background Singer, Piano, Keyboard, Other Percussion, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
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  • Lombard, Illinois, 60148
  • R&B, Funk, Cover/Tribute
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Drums, Saxophone, Keyboard
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  • Decatur, Illinois, 62521
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Blues, Classic Rock
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Singer
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  • New Lenox, Illinois, 60451
  • R&B, Classic Rock, Funk
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Vocalist - General, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Bass Guitar, Background Singer, Upright bass
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  • Naperville, Illinois, 60540
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Acoustic, Blues
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Harmonica
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60642
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Acoustic, Country
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60660
  • R&B, Latin, Cover/Tribute
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Vocalist - Tenor, Keyboard, Vocalist - Alto
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  • Lincolnwood, Illinois, 60646
  • Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Southern Rock
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonica
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  • Rockford, Illinois, 61109
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Blues, Classic Rock
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Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
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  • Wheeling, Illinois, 60090
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Acoustic, Other
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Other Percussion, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Vocalist - General, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60625
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Electronic, Pop
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Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
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  • Chicago, Illinois, 60608
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Funk
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Drums
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  • Gurnee, Illinois, 60031
  • Alternative/Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Cover/Tribute
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Bass Guitar
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  • Des Plaines, Illinois, 60016
  • Other, Folk
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Drums, Other Percussion
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  • Wheeling, Illinois, 60090
  • Other, Folk, Pop
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Flute, Electronic Music, Vocalist - General, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Other Percussion, Keyboard, Piano
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