41st annual Sunset Concert series returns to SIU

The Sunset Concert series is undoubtedly a summer tradition in Carbondale, Illinois.

What’s better than listening to wonderful music on a summer evening? Not much!

Sunset Concert
Source: SIU

The free concert series rotates through three locations in Carbondale almost every Thursday, June 13-July 25. There will not be a concert on July 4.

Sunset Concert Schedule

  • June 13 – Donovan Keith, a soul-rock, dance-infused act from Austin, Texas. Shryock Auditorium Steps.
  • June 20 – The Josephines, a self-proclaimed “rag-tag group of rock-n-roll-drenched country hoodlums” from Bowling Green Kentucky, playing alternative county. Turley Park.
  • June 27 – Sweet Crude, a drum-driven pop band from southern Louisiana performing high-energy tunes in English and French. Corner of Washington Street and Illinois 13.
  • July 4 – no concert; enjoy the Independence Day holiday.
  • July 11 – Raging Fyah, reggae and contemporary island tunes straight from Kingston, Jamaica. Corner of Washington Street and Illinois 13.
  • July 18 – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, soulful blues by the singer/songwriter prodigy from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Turley Park.
  • July 25 – Bottletones, the Carbondale-born, Chicago-based group performs a mix of rockabilly, surf, punk, and psychobilly. The band played the local music scene in the mid-1990s and was a requested act by the Carbondale in the ‘80s and ‘90s Facebook group, which recently established the B.E.E.R scholarship at SIU. All but one of the band’s members are SIU alumni, attending in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Shryock Auditorium steps.

In addition to the great music, another cool part about the Sunset Concerts is that you can bring your own snacks and drinks.

There will be various refreshments for purchase at each site if you’d rather.

Additionally, you are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

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