Concerts

They wear white shirts and black suspenders, black pants and travellers hats, sing about murderous estranged spouses to runaway lover cousins, in a boot-stomping acoustic configuration that includes banjo, mandolin, cello and guitar, and some whistles, hoots and hollerin’ and finger snappin’. Sometimes their fans dress up like them too and dance and sing the night away. But that’s not mandatory.  

The Whip and Backland Radio dot com & American Legion Post #88 Present

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Mattoon American Legion Post #88
1903 Maple Street, Mattoon, Illinois

Advance Tickets $15  Day of the Show $20
General Admission Tickets Mailed to You

TICKET OUTLETS:
MATTOON AMERICAN LEGION, 1903 Maple St, Mattoon, IL
POSITIVELY 4TH STREET RECORDS, 4th & Lincoln, Charleston, IL
THE PAWN SHOP, 501 1/2 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul, IL
Call The Whip Ticket Line (217) 929-8657

The Sons of the American Legion will have sandwiches and appetizers available for purchase prior to the show.

The Dead South are fun, modern hillbillies from Regina, Saskatchewan, who can make you forget your troubles and even what century you’re in. “It’s a tongue in cheek thing. We dress like Old West pioneers,” says Nate Hilts, lead vocalist and picker extraordinaire.

Don’t miss an evening  with these rousing bluegrass kickers!  The Dead South will challenge you not to smile or do a little jig, or, heck, even head-bang.

LAWRENCE RIDDLE AMERICAN LEGION POST 88

 

BRING YOUR DANCIN’ SHOES TO THIS SHOW!

The Whip and Backland Radio dot com & American Legion Post #88 Present

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
Mattoon American Legion Post #88
1903 Maple Street, Mattoon, Illinois

Advance Tickets $15  Day of the Show $20
General Admission Tickets Mailed to You

A limited number of $30 RESERVED BACKLAND BACKER tickets are available for purchase by CLICKING HERE.

TICKET OUTLETS (Coming Soon!):
MATTOON AMERICAN LEGION, 1903 Maple St, Mattoon, IL

POSITIVELY 4TH STREET RECORDS, 4th & Lincoln, Charleston, IL
THE PAWN SHOP, 501 1/2 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul, IL
Call The Whip Ticket Line (217) 929-8657

The Sons of the American Legion will have sandwiches and appetizers available for purchase prior to the show.

After leading several popular ‘80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show’s original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical.

LAWRENCE RIDDLE AMERICAN LEGION POST 88

 

Don is a modern suburban dad just trying to raise his kids and get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. With a unique style that can best be described as frenetic and engaging, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest technology, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords. 

The Whip and Backland Radio dot com & Lake Land College present An Evening with Comedian

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:30 pm

Lake Land College Theatre
Robert K. Luther Student Center

5001 Lake Land Boulevard, Mattoon, Illinois
Advance Tickets $15  Day of the Show $20
General Admission Tickets Mailed to You

TICKET OUTLETS COMING SOON!

Friesen has recently taken his smart, savvy, and highly-caffeinated comedy to the stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, for the taping of his new Showtime one-hour special titled “Ask Your Mom.” In his first nationally released concert special, Don delivers a winnng hour of clever, true-to-life “he’s talking about my family up there” comedy that manages to be adult-smart yet family-friendly.

 

Don is a modern suburban dad just trying to raise his kids and get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. With a unique style that can best be described as frenetic and engaging, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest technology, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

The Whip at Backland Radio dot com, Decatur Civic Center and the City of Decatur present An Evening with Comedian 

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

Decatur Civic Center

#1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, Decatur, Illinois
Advance Tickets $15  Day of the Show $20
General Admission tickets

Friesen has recently taken his smart, savvy, and highly-caffeinated comedy to the stage at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA, for the taping of his new Showtime one-hour special titled “Ask Your Mom.” In his first nationally released concert special, Don delivers a winnng hour of clever, true-to-life “he’s talking about my family up there” comedy that manages to be adult-smart yet family-friendly.

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen first gained national recognition as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His trademark guitar licks drove their Hot Rod Lincoln cut into the Top Ten in 1972. He has released ten CDs on his own, and recorded and/or played guitar live with a who’s who of Americana and Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, among them Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

The Whip at Backland Radio dot com, the Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center and
the City of Pontiac present The Return of The Titan of The Telecaster

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Dinner 6:00 pm, Show 7:30 pm
Honky Tonk Dinner by Bernardi’s II

Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center

319 N. Plum, Pontiac, Illinois

Tickets on Sale Soon at the Eagle Performing Arts Center!

TICKET POLICY

WILL CALL
All ticket orders placed within 14 days of a performance will be held at the Box Office at WILL CALL under your last name. Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the published start time of the performance. The ticket purchaser must present a picture ID. Tickets will only be released to the ticket purchaser unless you notify the Box Office with different pick up information.

REFUNDS
Refunds are issued only in the case of event cancellation or event date or time change. Refunds for rescheduled shows must be transacted no later than 48 hours prior to the rescheduled performance date. Fees are not refundable. Refunds for cancelled shows will be issued within 30 days of the cancellation notice.

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TICKET EXCHANGES
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