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Sunset Concerts

2021 Season

Sunset Concerts will return this summer!

These free concerts will happen each Thursday at 7 p.m. beginning July 22, running through August 26. This year, the concerts will be held at the Shryock Auditorium steps on the SIU campus and Turley Park.

For the safety and enjoyment of all, please use only single-serve containers. No glass bottles, underage drinking, no solicitation, no pets, and no smoking.

All questions for the 2021 Sunset Concert season can be directed to the Office of Student Engagement at (618) 453-5714 or getinvolved@siu.edu.

July 22: Shawn Holt and the Teardrops | Turley Park

"Shawn Holt is the son of Blues Legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band.

Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father and Slim's brother, Uncle Nick Holt and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny (all the Holt's are talented musicians) and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing blues ever since.

Shawn Holt and The Teardrops are winners for Best New Artist Debut - Daddy Told Me by the Blues Foundation (BMA) 2014. And also won the 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for New Artist Debut Album - Daddy Told Me."
-Spotify Artist Description

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July 29: Rocky Athas | Shryock

"Rocky Athas, known by critics and fans as The Texas Tornado, The Malice from Dallas, The Young Eric Clapton and The Last Great Bluesbreaker Guitarist, possesses an arsenal of punishing guitar riffs and catchy hooks that have opened every door. From his first solo album at Willie Nelson's studio with multi-Grammy winning producer, Jim Gaines, to recording with Buddy Miles and SRV's Double Trouble to Glenn Hughes, Joe Walsh and John Mayall, Rocky has a blues rock pedigree that reads like a Who's Who of musicians. You might not remember his name, but you will most certainly remember his playing! With his wonderfully crafted new album "Shakin' The Dust" Rocky is here to announce his return from the international touring stage with The Godfather of British Blues to reclaim his rightful place front and center delivering his musical message with Texas style.

After carrying the mantle for eight years of the coveted role of lead guitarist with John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers, Rocky Athas restored his successfully established solo career. In 2017, the much anticipated reunion between Rocky's good friend and multi-Grammy winning producer, Jim Gaines, delivered Shakin' the Dust to rave reviews!

Partnering repeatedly with Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Gaines, Rocky Athas has released a series of albums, including Miracle, Voodoo Moon, and Lightning Strikes Twice, and his band of Texas musicians has wowed audiences."
-Spotify Artist Description

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August 5: The Cerny Brothers | Shryock

"The Cerny Brothers' latest release, Looking For the Good Land, is a heartland rock & roll album anchored in the anthemic spirit of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and other blue-collar bandleaders. Since releasing their debut, Dream, Scott and Bob Cerny have built their audience on the road, traveling far beyond their homes — including rural Illinois, where the brothers were raised; Los Angeles, where they sharpened their chops during the band's early years; and Nashville, where both siblings currently live —to play a string of dive bars, living rooms, clubs, and theaters. It's been a musical trial by fire. On countless nights, they've been the new kids in town, relying on their songs not only to make a good impression, but to cut through the clamor of a noisy bar in an unfamiliar city. That kind of touring will sharpen your songwriting. It'll make you louder, too. With Looking For the Good Land, the Cerny Brothers' music takes on an epic edge, expanding far beyond the folksy, acoustic-based sound of their earlier albums to embrace the storytelling, super-sized hooks, and cinematic punch of American rock. The Cerny Brothers are Rolling Stone's Americana artist you need to know." 
-Spotify Artist Description

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August 12: Steel City Jug Slammers | Turley Park

"Birmingham’s Steel City Jug Slammers provide audiences with a one of kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time. From their appearance, to their instruments, to the old southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century-old traveling music show fresh off the train, and will keep your attention captive from the first time you hear the blow of the jug and pluck of the tub bass."
-magiccitybands.com

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August 19: Josh Gilbert Band | Turley Park

Josh Gilbert is a Singer-Songwriter & Collective Band with a Southern Rock/Pop, Blues & Americana sound and positive, family-friendly message. Hailing originally from Chattanooga, TN, Josh has been touring and performing nationally and internationally for over 12 years, across the U.S. and Canada - with over 1,000 performances. The Josh Gilbert Band members have included a network of friends, family & working musicians through the years — who have stuck with him through thick and thin. Josh’s music style can be compared to Contemporary Acts such as NeedToBreathe, Lanco & Train and incorporating a wide range of classic rock influences such as Lynyrd Sknyrd, Allman Bros, and even U2. His 4 past Solo releases - all charted on Billboard Adult CCM Radio; and received Grammy ballot and Dove nominations (vocal performance category). “Sweet Little Place”, Josh’s newest single, is about staying together as a family, even when times get tough — a real story about taking risks and challenges in life as a family unit — and no matter where life takes you, we've always got a sweet little place together that we call ‘home’.
-Spotify Artist Description

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August 26: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hell Raisers | Shryock

"Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, Dwayne has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19...

Not only has Dwayne’s band mastered zydeco music but he’s a 2 time Grammy nominee (2012-2018) and 13 time offbeat winner best accordion...

Their music reaches everyone and is for everyone.

They also add a bit of rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae and pop to their performances, making them a very versatile choice for any audience. This Indie artist was named “The Hottest Accordionist” in America for his ability to both work the crowd and pump out musical harmony in grandiose fashion. Dwayne doesn't’t confine himself to the stage; he interacts with the crowd, blurring the barrier between performer and audience. Audiences jump to their feet energized by Dwayne’s musical innovation, charismatic performance and sheer, raw talent. His ability to capture the imagination, heart and soul of his audience makes Dwayne one of today’s most dynamic performers."
-Dwayne Dopsie's website

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