Mark Stuart and BSOJC with Special Guests Hob Nob String Band
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:30pm
The historic Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race, Urbana, Illinois
Advance General Admission Ticket $12  Advance Reserved $20
Day of the Show General Admission $15
Presented by The Pawn Shop of Rantoul, Corson Music of Downtown Champaign, 
Eastland Suites & Conference Center of Urbana, The Rose Bowl and The Whip and Backland Radio.

Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul”, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he’s performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community. Stuart was personally given permission to use the band’s name by Johnny Cash himself.

He was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash’s own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.

With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD “Walk Alone” in 1999, the Bastard Sons quickly proved they were no novelty act. With strong songwriting and great musicianship, the Sons’ quickly jumped to the forefront of the growing Alternative Country scene. No stranger to the road, their constant touring and hardwork have built the band a loyal grass roots following both in the States and abroad.

Whether performing in front of thousands at a festival in the US or Europe, or playing all night in a Texas dance hall, for Stuart it’s all about respect. “The Bastard Sons never were, and never will be, a Johnny Cash tribute band.It’s always been about honoring the musical ideals of our heroes, and paying respect to the originality, integrity, and independence that made those artists who they are. Our goal was always to find our own road, and to continue to keep the sounds and traditions of American Roots Music alive.”

Chicago Farmer with Special Guest Comedian Stewart Huff
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 7:30pm, Doors 6:30pm
Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, 319 N. Plum, Pontiac, IL
Illinois' own Chicago Farmer performs a solo show with opening act national comedian Stewart Huff
* Adult Language Advisory
Advance General Admission Tickets: $12  Day of the Show General Admission: $18
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Illinois’ own Chicago Farmer performs a solo concert at the beautiful Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center in Pontiac, Illinois. National comedian Stewart Huff opens the show. (Adult Language Advisory)

Tickets can be purchased from The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center at or by calling 815-844-1187. Advance tickets are $12, $18 day of the show. Doors open at 6:30 with the show beginning at 7:30. A cash bar will be available.  All seats are general admission.

Fellow renowned and critically-acclaimed folk singer and songwriter Todd Snider refers to Chicago Farmer as “the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.”

The son of a small town farming community, folk singer Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.

“I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.

He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard – many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”

Stewart Huff was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been performing comedy for over 20 years, beginning when he decided to drop out of college to become a writer. Currently touring theatres, comedy clubs and anything in between across the country, Huff reaches past the norm for his genuine — and genuinely unexpected — comedy. His knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious. A storyteller at heart, Huff continues to amaze with his clever material and personal wit.

His podcast, Stewart Huffs Obsessive Curiosities, just finished its second season.  Stewart uses the word “junk” to describe the unique items he collects. However, as you hear the stories behind them, they become much more than junk. They’re lost treasures, windows into people’s lives and yes they’re his obsessions. Join Stewart as he shares his collection of gifts from the past and present with a variety of guests each episode.

The Cash Box Kings
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30pm
The historic Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race, Urbana, Illinois
Advance General Admission Ticket $15  Advance Reserved $30
Day of the Show General Admission $20
Presented by The Pawn Shop of Rantoul, Corson Music of Downtown Champaign, 
Eastland Suites & Conference Center of Urbana, The Rose Bowl and The Whip and Backland Radio.

“One of the best blues bands in the land.” – Living Blues
“Virtuoso musicianship…rocking and irresistible.” –No Depression
“Gloriously retro with an inspiring eloquence and grace.” –Vintage Guitar
“Fearless, full-tilt Chicago blues…fervent vocals and soaring harmonica” –Chicago Tribune

The Cash Box Kings are bona fide blues royalty. Co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays masterfully raw and unvarnished houserocking blues. Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs. With their top shelf musicianship and trademark good humor, The Cash Box Kings are a one-of-a-kind blues band. In the words of MOJO magazine, the band is “flawless.”

Mixing tough Chicago and Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly” (their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly), they attack every song they play with contemporary authority and old school authenticity. The extraordinary ensemble playing between Nosek, Wilson, guitarist Billy Flynn, bassist John W. Lauler, Grammy award winning drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith (son of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith) and their friend, pianist Queen Lee Kenehira, is a true force of nature. The musicians feed off of each other’s ideas and energy, effortlessly moving from a lowdown purr to a full throttle roar. According to No Depression, “The Cash Box Kings are a royal hive of raucous houserockers. Whether resurrecting the past or living in the moment, they satisfy your craving for hardcore Chicago blues, served up hot and tasty.”