Enjoy a toe-tapping time at one of the Heartland’s outside concerts

Enjoy a foot-tapping time at one of the Heartland's outside concerts

Who doesn't like free entertainment?
Then don't miss these outside concert series.
It's a perfect way to take in the all the sights and sounds the Heartland has to offer.

tunes at twilight

Tunes at Twilight

Tunes at Twilight is Cape Girardeau’s free downtown outdoor concert series. Old Town Cape’s popular event gets underway for the spring edition on Friday, May 11. The show starts at 7 p.m. It’s a perfect way to kick off your weekend.

Here’s the spring schedule:

Friday, May 11: Keith Sykes
Friday, May 18: Anne McCue
Friday, May 25: Carl Banks
Friday, June 1: Amy LaVere
Friday, June 8: Lipbone Redding
Friday, June 15: Emily Wallace

Grab a lawn chair, a tasty snack and a cold drink of your choice, and find a spot in front of the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo at Lorimier and Broadway.

The show will go on rain or shine! If rain attempts to dampen the party, Tunes at Twilight will move to City Church on Broadway.

The Fall series will begin at Friday, August 10.

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Rockin' the Rock Garden

Grab your lawn chair, and find a seat at the Rock Garden in the Jackson, Missouri on Friday nights in June. That’s when you can enjoy a free summer concert! Rockin’ in the Rock Garden will fill the City Park each week at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

  • June 1 – Doug E. Rees
  • June 8 – Jen Friend & Trevor Finlay
  • June 15 – Tony Spinner
  • June 22 – Scott Hold
  • June 29 – Bruce Zimmerman

Sunset Concert Series

The ever-popular Sunset Concert Series returns to Carbondale this summer. The 2018 season is set to feature an eclectic selection of musical performances. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday through July 26. Even better: all of the concerts are free and open to the public. Just bring a lawn chair, a snack and your set.

Here’s a closer look at who will take the stage. (Reminder: the location varies)

  • June 14 – Concert at SIU Shyrock
  • June 21 – Concert at Turley Park
  • June 28 – Concert at SIU Shyrock
  • July 5 – Concert at Turley Park
  • July 12 – Concert at Corner of Washington St. & Rt. 13
  • July 19 – Concert at Corner of Washington St. & Rt. 13
  • July 27 – Concert at SIU Shyrock

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RIVERfront Concert Series

Get your weekend started early with the RIVERfront Concert Series in Paducah. The free concert series showcases amazing up-and-coming musical artists, local and nationwide. Grab your lawn chair, or find a seat on the steps of the riverfront and enjoy the music on Wilson Stage.  Concerts are on select days in June, July, and August. Local artists take the stage from 6 until 7 p.m. with the nationally-known artists from 7 until 8:30 p.m.

  • June 23 (Saturday, 5-8pm)
  • July 4 (Wednesday, 4-9pm then fireworks)
  • August 2 (Thursday, 5-8pm)
  • August 25 (Saturday, 5-8pm)

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Music in the Park

Star your Friday evening in Downtown Sikeston. At 6 p.m. starting June 1, through June 29, tunes will fill the beautiful American Legion Square for Music in the Park.  Bring your friends, some lawn chairs and a picnic basket, and enjoy FREE concerts every week!

This is the schedule:

  • June 1: Gary Hampton and Jennifer Morgan
  • June 8: The Davidsons
  • June 15: The Dixieland Swamp Rats, a movie in the park to follow
  • June 22: Silver Fox
  • June 29: The Millstones/Classic Rock/Oldies

Food & Music in Twin City Park

The Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a summer series of Food & Music in Twin City Park. Enjoy free live music and food from vendors from 6 to 8 p.m. The park will also be closed to traffic so children can play freely.

2018 schedule:

  • June 16
  • July 21
  • August 18

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Sandwiches and Strings

You can think weekend thoughts over your lunch hour in Carbondale. Southern Illinois Classical Guitars and Strings and Heart Strings Studio provide a live acoustic performance on the Third Thursday of the month starting at noon.

This series is free and open to the public, bring a lunch and enjoy live classical strings at Artspace 304!

  • May 17: Cristaudo’s Jam Band
  • June 21: TBD
  • July 19: TBD
  • August 16: TBD
  • September 20: TBD

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