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  1. Chicago (3071 profiles)
  2. Rockford (290 profiles)
  3. Springfield (243 profiles)
  4. Joliet (243 profiles)
  5. Aurora (231 profiles)
  6. Peoria (227 profiles)
  7. Naperville (221 profiles)
  8. Bloomington (215 profiles)
  9. Champaign (174 profiles)
  10. Plainfield (170 profiles)
  11. Elgin (169 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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r n r

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
  • Musician | Decatur, Illinois, 62521
  • Classic Rock, Country, Southern Roc...
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SomeLocalGuy

  • Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Ba...
  • Musician | Pekin, Illinois, 61554
  • Alternative, Punk, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

kevin1013062

  • Band | Mattoon, Illinois, 61938
  • Alternative, Classic Rock, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

Minderbinder

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Musician | Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025
  • Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

mike1088433

  • Drums
  • Musician | Joliet, Illinois, 60433
  • Alternative, Classic Rock, Cover/Tr...
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dirk1044802

  • Drums
  • Musician | Genoa, Illinois, 60135
  • Blues, Jazz, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

Exit 52

  • Band | Jacksonville, Illinois, 62650
  • Classic Rock, Country, Cover/Tribut...
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MarsRavenous

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
  • Musician | Forest Park, Illinois, 60130
  • Heavy Metal, Funk, Pop, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

craigs63

  • Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar, Lead G...
  • Musician | Naperville, Illinois, 60565
  • Alternative, Classic Rock, Other, R...
  • Active within 24 hours

Robin_Halford

  • Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Musician | Wheeling, Illinois, 60090
  • Heavy Metal, Cover/Tribute, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

JuliannaM_Music

  • Vocalist
  • Musician | Lombard, Illinois, 60148
  • Alternative, Pop, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

The Ghost Between U...

  • Band | Urbana, Illinois, 61801
  • Heavy Metal
  • Active within 24 hours

kevin1063398

  • Keyboard
  • Musician | Lansing, Illinois, 60438
  • R&B, Blues, Classic Rock, South...
  • Active within 24 hours

guitar again

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Musician | Chicago, Illinois, 60614
  • Alternative, Heavy Metal, Classic R...
  • Active within 24 hours

samuel1087546

  • Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Singer, Banjo, Mand...
  • Musician | Downers Grove, Illinois, 60517
  • Alternative, Folk, World
  • Active within 24 hours

dwtrap

  • Drums, Background Singer
  • Musician | Chicago, Illinois, 60638
  • Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, C...
  • Active within 24 hours