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  1. Chicago (4,404 profiles)
  2. Rockford (344 profiles)
  3. Joliet (305 profiles)
  4. Naperville (297 profiles)
  5. Springfield (282 profiles)
  6. Aurora (278 profiles)
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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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jeff559344

  • Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Keyboard, ...
  • Musician | Pekin, Illinois, 61554
  • Alternative, Classic Rock, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

RockinMoxie

  • Vocalist - Alto
  • Musician | Dekalb, Illinois, 60115
  • Alternative, Cover/Tribute, Pop, Ro...
  • Active within 24 hours

Kenny B Thailand

  • Saxophone, Keyboard
  • Musician | Chicago, Illinois, 60616
  • R&B, Jazz, Cover/Tribute, Pop
  • Active within 24 hours

rick1264463

  • Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Lead Guitar, Harmonica
  • Musician | Sycamore, Illinois, 60178
  • Classic Rock, Cover/Tribute, Pop, R...
  • Active within 24 hours

Mr Monk and Keyes

  • Band | La Grange, Illinois, 60525
  • Cover/Tribute, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

nicholas1262577

  • Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keybo...
  • Musician | Elmhurst, Illinois, 60126
  • Blues, Jazz, Southern Rock, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

aaron1106119

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Musician | Bull Valley, Illinois, 60098
  • Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, R...
  • Active within 24 hours

withheld

  • Band | Liberty, Illinois, 62347
  • Classic Rock, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

Bakedbeat

  • Drums
  • Musician | Aurora, Illinois, 60506
  • Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, C...
  • Active within 24 hours

LuciaRHarper

  • Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist, Lead Guitar, Background Singer
  • Musician | Chicago, Illinois, 60605
  • Alternative, Metal, Punk
  • Active within 24 hours

baristabrian

  • Drums
  • Musician | Jacksonville, Illinois, 62650
  • R&B, Blues, Pop, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

ray1022515

  • Bass Guitar
  • Musician | Elgin, Illinois, 60120
  • Blues, Classic Rock, Country, South...
  • Active within 24 hours

AGotheridge

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard
  • Musician | Bristol, Illinois, 60512
  • R&B, Classic Rock, Funk, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

joseph1235851

  • Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Lead Guit...
  • Musician | Algonquin, Illinois, 60102
  • Acoustic, Classic Rock, Pop, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

eric1236896

  • Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Dr...
  • Musician | Bakerville, Illinois, 62864
  • Alternative, Blues, Punk, Rock
  • Active within 24 hours

katrina1120709

  • Vocalist
  • Musician | Joliet, Illinois, 60435
  • Alternative, Classic Rock, Cover/Tr...
  • Active within 24 hours