Downhome Music Fest

Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival aims to showcase original music and art while introducing our festival goers to a variety of craft beer. We create an opportunity for artists and beer lovers alike to enjoy and encourage involvement in a family friendly environment. Our goal is to unite the community while they responsibly drink in the talent Springfield has to offer.

Street Closures:

On Thursday July 26th 2018 at 4 pm all the meters and signs on Washington between 6th and 7th and on 7th between Madison and Adams will be red bagged. On Friday July 27th 2018 Washington at 6th and 7th street from Jefferson to Adams will be closed for the street festival at 10 am and re-open Sunday July 29th 2018 at 7 am.

7th street between Madison and Jefferson will not be closed, bagging for arrow boards and traffic control. On 7th street between Jefferson and Washington will be used by the stage hands to unload and load equipment.

Chase bank drive in closed Saturday for this event

“Amaranth Apple” Music & Food Fest 2018

Gates Open on Friday, July 13 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m.
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
It’s a great way to support downtown Springfield! All volunteers receive a concert T-shirt, free admission and 10 food and drink tickets as thanks for their shift of several hours. If you can help, please sign up today. And let your friends know so they can also join in the fun!  The open spots are listed here.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Chick Fritz Distributing | Signature Rental | President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton | US Bank | Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau |  Vachel Lindsay Association |  Evan Lloyd Architects | Cooper’s Hawk Winery | Xfinity |Heartland Coca-Cola | Felicia Olin | RSM | Ald. Kristin DiCenso | Crawford Murphy and Tilly, Inc. | Haxel Law | Kerber Eck and Braeckel, LLP |  Ald. Andrew Proctor | Horace Mann | Ald. Herman Senor  | Lincoln Square Apartments | Garrison Group | Illinois Center for the Book | Innovate Springfield | Springfield Youth Performance Group

 

Music Lineup on the Main Stage

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14


Experience Food

Another Day…Another Doughnut

  • Mini Doughnuts ~ TBD
  • Lemon Shakeups ~ TBD

Augie’s Front Burner

  • Augie’s Fish Tacos ~ 4 tickets
  • Pork Belly & Kimchi ~ 5 tickets
  • Elk Burger with Wild Mushroom & Gouda Burger ~ 5 tickets
  • Watermelon ~ 1 tickets
  • Peach Sangria ~ 5 tickets

AZTCA Mexican Grill

  • Pulled Pork Tacos ~ 5 tickets
  • Corn/Black Beam Chimichanga ~ 4 tickets
  • Chicken Tacos ~ 4 tickets
  • Steak Loaded Fries ~ 5 tickets
  • Margarita (12 oz) ~ 3 tickets

Frankies Brewhaus

  • BBQ Shrimp on a stick ~ 6 tickets
  • Marinated Steak on a stick ~ 7 tickets
  • BBQ Marinated Chicken on a stick ~ 6 tickets

Gyros Stop

  • Gyros ~ 4 tickets
  • Greek Nachos ~ 5 tickets
  • Falafel ~ 5 tickets
  • Pork Kabobs ~ 5 tickets
  • Baklava ~ 2 ticket
  • Greece Lightening ~ 5 tickets

JoJo’s Streat Quisine

  • Menu TBA

Long Nine Junction

  • Triple S Pork Shoulder w/ local pickles, buzzbomb beer cheese, and h.m. bread ~5 tickets
  • Apple BBQ Pulled Pork with Mac n’ cheese ~4 tickets
  • Spicy Triple S Meatball w/ avocado crema and pico de gallo ~ 3 tickets
  • Foccacia herb cheese bread w/ local tomato dipping sauce ~ 2 tickets
  • Cookies and cream buttercake bar ~ 1 ticket
  • Non Alcoholic Arnold Palmer ~ 2 tickets

Robert’s Seafood

  • Bison Burger Slider ~ 5 tickets
  • Fried Clam Strips ~ 5 tickets
  • New England Crab Roll (mini) ~ 5 tickets
  • Robert’s Shrimp Cocktail & Sauce ~ 5 tickets
  • Apple Cider Martini ~ 5 tickets

Sno~Biz

  • Shaved Ice ~ 3 tickets
  • Ice Blended Lemonade ~ 4 tickets
  • Ice Blended Coffee ~ 5 tickets
  • Real Fruit Smoothies ~ 5 tickets

Z Bistro

  • Ribeye Sandwich ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger ~ 5 tickets
  • Cheeseburger ~ 4 tickets
  • Loaded Fries ~ 5 tickets
  • Fries/Cheese Fries ~ 3/4 tickets

Lindsay Lounge Performances

On the northeast lawn of the Old State Capitol | Access with General Admission

Sponsored by: US Bank
Programmed by: The Vachel Lindsay Association

Friday, July 13

6:00—Emily Hope

7:10—Steve Duchrow as Vachel Lindsay + Poetry Burst

7:15—Expressions in the Dark poetry reading

8:30— Brian Steinhauer

9:25—Steve Duchrow as Vachel Lindsay + Poetry Burst

9:30— Epsom

Saturday, July 14

3:30—Lindsay’s Moon Poems with interpreter Steve Duchrow

4:00—Muni performers from “Annie”

5:15—Cowboy Randy Erwin

6:35— Steve Duchrow as Vachel Lindsay + Poetry Burst

6:45— Open mic hosted by Expressions in the Dark

9:00— Tom Irwin

 


General Information

Gates Open on Friday, July 13 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m.

Parking & Transportation

The underground parking garage underneath the Old State Capitol (entrance on 6th Street) is open late especially for our festival until midnight. We also encourage you to enjoy yourself and stay safe by calling a taxi or an Uber at the end of the night.

Beer by Chick Fritz Distributing

A fine selection of Coors and Miller Lite products are available for purchase for 5 tickets each thanks to our sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing, your friendly beer distributor since 1947. The beer trucks are parked at multiple locations throughout the Festival. You’ll find a fine selection including Sam Adams, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Blue Moon, Revolution, Fat Tire, Strongbow, Corona Premiere.

Wine by Coopers Hawk Winery

We are excited to partner with Coopers Hawk Winery this year as they showcase their selection and support downtown revitalization! For 5 tickets a glass or 1 ticket a sample, they will offer their Red Sangria, White Sangria, Blanc De Blanc, Cooper’s Hawk White, Sweet Red, Cabernet Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. You can find them on the lawn near the Main Stage.

Soda and Water thanks to Heartland Coca-Cola

Soda and water may be purchased from the DSI Stand at the corner of Washington and 5th for 3 tickets each thanks to our partnership with Heartland.

Tickets

Tickets at the Door

You can purchase premium tickets with collector’s items and bundles online>

Admission is $5 at the gate for everyone 13 and up. Free for 12 and under. Gates are located at 5th and Washington, 6th and Washington, and 5th and Adams.

Food and drink tickets may be purchased for $1/ticket at the Central Ticket Booth after entering the festival.

All proceeds go toward downtown revitalization. Downtown Springfield Inc. is a 501©6 non-profit organization.

Early Bird/VIP Packages

This year’s VIPs enjoy:

  • private parking lot less than a block from the action (lot at 4th and Washington)
  • private air-conditioned bathroom
  • access to an express line at beer and wine stations
  • special front-of-stage area to be up close and personal with the bands on the Main Stage or with best line-of-sight in the grass

Get your tickets today!

Online ticket sales will end at noon on Thursday, July 12. There may be a limited number of VIP Passes still available for purchase at the Entrance Gate located at 5th and Adams on either night. ($45 – Single)

VIP Pass-holders should check in at the parking lot located at 4th and Washington (behind Augie’s Front Burner and the Myer’s Building)

 

Overnight Stays

Stay safe! Make it a weekend! Downtown hotels are offering special Festival Packages.

A block from the festivities

President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton

Get one VIP ticket along with a room at the Doubletree for $150 per night.  

Wyndham City Centre

Great savings for the Amaranth Apple Festival!


Free Fallin A Tom Petty Tribute Band

– Friday July 13 at 9pm-

This year’s Friday music headliner is Free Fallin, whose successfully toured the country together for more than 10 years.  Their show, featuring all the best hits of Tom Petty, includes instruments and costumes that create the authentic experience of a live Tom Petty concert.   They play his music, but most of all they resurrect his spirit, paying homage to his place in rock history!

Read the review by Brook Walsh in Thisweeks Newspapers


John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

– Saturday July 14 at 7:45pm-

Saturday night, July 14, DSI welcomes legendary “East Coast Rock ‘n Roll” group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, whose songs include the hit single “On the Dark Side,” which held the number one position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for five consecutive weeks and “Tender Years,” which peaked at #31 on the Billboard charts. Both songs were from the 1984 film, “Eddie & The Cruisers – Motion Picture Soundtrack.John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the “Eddie & The Cruisers – Motion Picture Soundtrack”. The hit single “On the Dark Side” held the “Number-One” position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for five consecutive weeks. The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.The title track from the group’s 1985 follow-up album Tough All Over became their second “Number-One” single on the Billboard Rock charts and the song C-I-T-Y reached the Billboard Top 20. John Cafferty’s solo track “Hearts on Fire” was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film “Rocky IV and he received his second double Platinum soundtrack award. Over the years John has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures. Today John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band continue to tour and bring their exciting live shows to fans around the world. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.

 

 

Legacy of Giving Music Festival

Two day festival! SOHO Music Festival was Springfield’s biggest and best party for charity for 12 amazing years. In 2017, Lincoln’s Legacy of Giving became the successor to SOHO and offered everything that attendees loved in the past.

50+ musical acts across 5 stages

50+ vendors offering a wide variety of crafts, arts, and other goods

Children’s area with inflatables, face painting, kid’s games, and more

7+ food trucks offering a wide variety of fare

Affiliated citywide activities including a bocce ball tourney, 5K and 10K race, and bags tourney, and disc golf tournament

Road Closures (see map to the left)

Parking is limited starting at 4 pm on Thursday, May 31. Roads will be closed on June 1/Friday starting at 9 am on Washington from 4th to 6th and on 5th from Jefferson to Adams. All streets will be open for traffic Sunday June 3rd 2018 by 7 am.

Legacy of Giving Music Festival

Two day festival! SOHO Music Festival was Springfield’s biggest and best party for charity for 12 amazing years. In 2017, Lincoln’s Legacy of Giving became the successor to SOHO and offered everything that attendees loved in the past.

50+ musical acts across 5 stages

50+ vendors offering a wide variety of crafts, arts, and other goods

Children’s area with inflatables, face painting, kid’s games, and more

7+ food trucks offering a wide variety of fare

Affiliated citywide activities including a bocce ball tourney, 5K and 10K race, and bags tourney, and disc golf tournament

Road Closures (see map to the left)

Roads will be closed on June 1/Friday starting at 9 am on Washington from 4th to 6th and on 5th from Jefferson to Adams. All streets will be open for traffic Sunday June 3rd 2018 by 7 am.

“Amaranth Apple” Music & Food Fest

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
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Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Isringhausen Imports returns as premier sponsor of DSI’s summer festival. “We love downtown and we appreciate the work that DSI is doing to revitalize the neighborhood. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this festival which brings thousands of people to the district,” said Geoff Isringhausen, President and CEO.

The festival is also supported by these other generous sponsors: Chick Fritz Distributing |
Hy-Vee | Signature Rental | President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton | Vachel Lindsay Association | Downtown Heritage Foundation | NPR Illinois | City of Springfield | Midwest Family Broadcasting | Capitol Radio Group | State Journal-Register | Crowdson Creative | Illinois Times | Marine Bank | Don Smith Paints | Rammelkamp Bradney | Kerber, Eck & Braeckel | US Bank | Ald. Andrew Proctor | Ald. Kristin DiCenso | Evan Lloyd Architects | Innovate Springfield | Visit Springfield | Old State Capitol Foundation

Read all about the origins of the name of the festival, after Vachel Lindsay’s mystical fruit from which you can taste the true beauty of Springfield>

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Full Music Lineup

Friday, July 14

  • 6 pm: Josh Reilly (Springfield native)
  • 7 pm: Amy Benton (Springfield)
  • 8 pm: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts (Rockford)
  • 10 pm: Chuck Mead (Nashville)

Saturday, July 15

  • 3 pm: Bruiser Queen (St. Louis)
  • 4 pm: The Starter Jackets (Springfield)
  • 5 pm: Captain Ivory (Detroit)
  • 6:30 pm: The Handcuffs (Chicago)
  • 8 pm: Matthew Sweet (Omaha)
  • 10 pm: The Cold Stares (Nashville)

Experience Food

Augie’s Front Burner

  • Bunn Gourmet Short Rib Slider ~ 5 tickets
  • Augie’s Fish Taco ~ 3 tickets
  • Pork Belly BLT ~ 5 tickets
  • Watermelon ~ 1 ticket
  • Peach Sangria ~ 5 tickets

AZTCA Mexican Grill, LLC

  • Pork Tacos ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Arepas ~ 5 tickets
  • Pork Cilantro Quesadilla ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Fiesta Chimichanga ~ 4 tickets
  • Apple Cinnamon Chimichanga ~ 3 tickets

Balen’s

  • Deep Fried Burger Bomb 3 ~ 5 tickets
  • Spiked Watermelon Punch ~ 5 tickets

B&W Good Eats and Treats

  • Walking Pony Shoe ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken & Waffles ~ 5 tickets
  • Fried Green Tomatoes ~ 3 tickets
  • Homemade Hamburgers & Fries ~ 5 tickets
  • Buttercake ~ 2 tickets

Conwich

  • Mac & Cheese with Bacon Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Pork & Coleslaw  Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Chili Cheese Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Stir Fry Chicken Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Fries ~ 3 tickets
  • Cheese Fries ~ 4 tickets
  • Funnel Cake Fries ~ 5 tickets

Family Kettle Corn

  • Small Kettle Corn ~ 1 tickets
  • Medium Kettle Corn ~ 4 tickets
  • Large Kettle Corn ~ 5 tickets

Fields Of Sweets

  • Butter Cookies ~ 1 ticket
  • Lemon-Raspberry Bars ~ 1 ticket
  • Ice Cream Cone Sundae ~ 3 tickets
  • NY Style Cheesecake ~ 2 tickets
  • Berry Shortcake ~ 3 tickets

Frankie’s Brewhaus

  • Applewood Bacon Pork Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Brisket Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Honey Bacon Wrapped Apples ~ 4 tickets
  • Peach Apple Sangria ~ 4 tickets

The Globe Tavern

  • Apple Bourbon Chicken Wings ~ 5 tickets

Gyros Stop

  • Gyros ~ 4 tickets
  • Western Gyros ~4 tickets
  • Greek Nachos ~ 5 tickets
  • Pita Chips and Hummus ~ 3 tickets
  • Baklava ~ 2 tickets

Hy-Vee

  • Bacon Wrapped Mac and Cheese Balls ~ 5 tickets
  • Maple Bacon Wontons ~ 5 tickets
  • Smoked Pork Apple Eggrolls with Maple with BBQ ~ 5 tickets
  • Panzanella and Havarti Salad Cup ~ 4 tickets
  • Chambord White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding ~ 4 tickets
  • Mama’s Strawberry Lemonade Shake Up ~ 5 tickets

Nancy’s Pizza

  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Deep Dish Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Thin Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cannolis ~ 2 tickets

Sno~Biz

  • Shaved Ice ~ 3 tickets
  • Ice Blended Lemonade ~ 4 tickets
  • Ice Blended Coffee ~ 4 tickets
  • Real Fruit Smoothies ~ 5 tickets

Twisted Deli

  • Grandpa Big Johns BBQ Pork ~ 4 tickets
  • Ambers Awesome Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Juliettes Chicken Fiesta Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Brad~O~Nator ~ 4 tickets

Zbistro

  • Cheeseburger ~ 4 tickets
  • Gyros ~ 5 tickets
  • Ribeye Sandwich ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger ~ 5 tickets
  • Gyros Bacon Burger ~ 5 tickets

Lindsay Lounge Performances

On the northeast lawn of the Old State Capitol | Access with General Admission

Sponsored by: Downtown Heritage Foundation, Illinois Times & Midwest Family Broadcasting
Programmed by: The Vachel Lindsay Association

Friday, July 14th

5:00—Poetry Out Loud performance

6:00—Expressions in the Dark reading

7:00—UIS Creative Writing reading

8:00— Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00—Jessica Knight of Looming

10:00— A.D. Carson

Saturday, July 15th

3:00—Kick-off with Job Conger

3:30—Poetry for the young (and young at heart) with Zaxxon Nation

4:00—Vachel Lindsay Association illustration contest award ceremony

5:00— Poetry Out Loud

6:00— Micah Walk

7:00— Ben Bedford and guest

8:00—Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00— Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival

10:00—Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival


General Information

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
Download the Festival map>

Parking & Transportation

The underground parking garage underneath the Old State Capitol (entrance on 6th Street) is open late especially for our festival until midnight. We also encourage you to enjoy yourself and stay safe by calling a taxi or an Uber at the end of the night.

Overnight Stays

Stay safe! Make it a weekend! Three downtown hotels are offering special Festival Packages which include free admission and food & drink tickets.

A block from the festivities

President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton
Up to 20% Off Best Available Rate for the DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield with purchased tickets of the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Wyndham City Centre
A great savings for the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Just a hop, skip and a jump away

Carpenter Street Hotel
Amaranth Apple Festival goers enjoy $119 plus tax — includes overnight and admission/food & drink tickets

Beer by Chick Fritz Distributing | Wine Lounge presented by The Corkscrew

A fine selection of Coors and Miller Lite products are available for purchase for 4 tickets each thanks to our sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing, your friendly beer distributor since 1947. The beer trucks are parked at multiple locations throughout the Festival.

Thanks to The Corkscrew, you may also purchase glasses of Cappello Cabernet Franc and Cappello Sauvignon Blancwhite by the glass (5 tickets) and sample size (1 ticket) in the Wine Lounge area on the southwest side of the Old State Capitol Lawn.

Soda and water may be purchased from the DSI Stand at the corner of Washington and 5th for 3 tickets each.

Tickets

Tickets at the Door

Admission is $5 at the gate for everyone 13 and up. Free for 12 and under. Gates are located at 5th and Washington, 6th and Washington, and 5th and Adams.

Food and drink tickets may be purchased for $1/ticket at the Central Ticket Booth after entering the festival.

All proceeds go toward downtown revitalization. Downtown Springfield Inc. is a 501©6 non-profit organization.

 

VIP Packages

VIP Tent Sponsored by Hy-Vee | Near the Main Stage on 5th Street

Online VIP sales have closed. Online ticket sales ended at noon on Thursday, July 13. There may be a limited number of VIP Passes still available for purchase at the Entrance Gate located at 5th and Adams on either night. ($30 – Single) ($50 – Double)

VIP Pass-holders should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

New this year! The Hy-Vee VIP Lounge, located in close proximity to the main stage, puts all of the festival amenities in one fun party place for 200 lucky people! Those buying VIP Passes will enjoy upfront lounge seating, service, access to private restrooms & a festival goodie bag.

  Discounts on Admission & Food/Drink Tickets

Those who purchased discounted online tickets should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

Early bird ticket sales have closed.


Matthew Sweet – Saturday July 15 at 8pm

This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet, whose 1991 album Girlfriend is heralded as one of the decade’s most critically acclaimed albums and is known for such hits as Girlfriend, Ugly Truth, Sick of Myself, and Time Capsule.After spending the ’80s as a jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young.

Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter. His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists.

Sweet recently completed his new album Forever Tomorrow, recorded at his new studio – Black Squirrel Submarine – in Omaha where he now lives. Matthew engineered, performed on guitars, keyboards, bass and god knows what else, sang lead and background vocals and mixed the recordings. The record was mastered for CD, vinyl and download at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London by Sean Magee, a long time veteran at the studio. Sean won a Grammy for his Beatles reissues, and has recently won accolades for his remastering of the John Lennon solo catalog reissues. The record will be released on June 16, 2017 on Sweet’s label – Honeycomb Hideout – with label support and distribution provided by Sony/ RED Distribution, LLC.

He also backed Mike Myers as Austin Powers (along with Susanna Hoffs) in the faux band Ming Tea in two Austin Powers movies. The Lincoln, Nebraska native also was hired as a consultant on the 2014 Tim Burton film Big Eyes, with many of the Margaret Keane paintings in the film coming from Sweet’s extensive collection.

Read the review by Paste Quarterly for Tomorrow Forever>

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