TOUR DATES

I'm currently offering Livestream programs and performances via Facebook and YouTube. Like Chris Vallillo (Music) on facebook  for notification of upcoming shows or go to this link:  https://www.facebook.com/chrisvallillo/live/
For YouTube, subscribe to the Chris Vallillo YouTube channel at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDvrtUi-B_7Ui8WqSn2CNLQ
All Times are Central Time unless otherwise noted.
Monday, April 5th, 7:00 PM Central
McHenry Historical Society and  Illinois Humanities
Historic Instruments of Illinois
From homemade dulcimers and fiddles to mass produced guitars, banjo’s, mandolins and pianos, Illinois and specifically Chicago has  been deeply involved in the creation and production of stringed musical instruments. I 'll perform on 10 historic Illinois instruments and share their backstories. Free.
Thursday, April the 8th, 7:00 PM Central
Parallel Paths.
In a program created for the Carl Sandburg Days Festival, I'll present a combination Sandburg's poetry contrasted with my original songs and instrumentals. Along the way he’ll also throw in several of the songs Sandburg himself collected as a folklorist.  Free on zoom, but you need to register at this link: https://events.dbrl.org/event/4946965
Saturday, April 17th, 7:00 PM Central
Hickory Ridge Concerts Virtual
Reggie Haris
I'll be presenting internationally known musician and storyteller Reggie Harris for performance and conversation. A descendent of a black enslaved women and her white owner back in Lincoln’s time,  Reggie is a master songleader who performs in the spirit of his mentors, Pete Seeger and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock).  Free will donation.
Wednesday, April 21st, 7:00 PM Central
Live stream, Lincoln Conversations
Lincoln's Last Train Ride
This is a new livestream series from the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area I am hosting.  This session. we'll look at the impact of the Lincoln funeral train on four communities in Illinois.  It will stream on the Looking For Lincoln Facebook and YouTube pages.
 
 
Wedenesday, May 5th, 7:00 PM Central
Live stream, Lincoln Conversations
An evening with Clara Barton
I'll talk with Nationally known historical interpreter Leslie Goddard who will bring Clara Barton to life to be followed by an informative discussion of the impact of women in the Civil War.  It will stream on the Looking For Lincoln Facebook and YouTube pages.
Friday, May 7th, 8:00 PM Central
Lounge 34,  with Chicago Blues Master Eric Noden
Illinois Folk and Roots musicians Chris Vallillo and Eric Noden trade tunes and stories in this live virtual concert.  Eric and I will swap tunes and stories live on line. It will be a great time!
Tickets $20.00  https://34lounge.com/product/vallillo/
Saturday, May 15th, 7:00 PM Central
Hickory Ridge Concerts Virtual
Wil Marring and Robert Bowlin
I'll be presenting Southern Illinois duo Wil Marring and Robert Bowlin, two of Illinois most outstanding performers!  Free will donation.
Thursday,May 20th, 7:00 PM Central
Des Plains History Center and Illinois Humanities
Historic Instruments of Illinois
From homemade dulcimers and fiddles to mass produced guitars, banjo’s, mandolins and pianos, Illinois and specifically Chicago has  been deeply involved in the creation and production of stringed musical instruments. I 'll perform on 10 historic Illinois instruments and share their backstories.  Chris Vallillo Music Facebook and Chris Vallillo YouTube Channel.  Free.
Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6th, 
Various time throughout the day
Lincoln Days Civil War Re-enactment.
An excellent Civil War event that always features lots of re-enactors, a great battle re-encatment and unusual displays such as an observation Ballon.  I play late mornings in the hospitality tent on the battlefield  prior to  each days battle.  Lake Pittsfield, IL Route 107, 270th Ave.
Wednesday, June 9th, 11:30 -1:00 PM
Market Alley Concerts,  
I'll open up their 2021 season with a mix of Roots and original songs and instrumentals.
S E Corner of the town square, Monmouth, IL 
Free
Thursday,June 10th, 7:00 PM
Western Illinois Museum
Master class on songwriting
I'll share my two cents worth of knowledge on the craft of songwriting. This will be a limited size class, Details TBA. Attendee's should bring examples of their work to share and discuss.
Saturday, June  12th, On a farm outside of Colchester, IL, Details TBA
The Forgottonia Concert
A couple years ago, I returned to Rushville, IL where I lived from the late 70's up to around 2000 to perform a concert of all the songs I had written about Western Illinois while I lived there.  It was a rare opportunity to bring out some wonderful songs I just don't get to play that often. I'll be performing that material again for the Western Ilinois Musuem in a beautiful, outdoor setting outside of Colchester. Bring a picnic dinner or a bottle of wine and enjoy an outdoor socially distanced evening in the country with songs written of and about our unique section of Illinois, Forgottonia.
Wedenesday, June 16th, 7:00 PM Central
Live stream, Lincoln Conversations
Lincoln and the Law
I'll host an engaging conversation with John Lupton and Samuel Wheeler of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission about Lincoln’s legal career, specifically as it relates to his appellate practice.  Streaming live on Looking for Lincoln Facebook and YouTube. https://www.facebook.com/events/277062877137843
Thursday, June 17th,  7:00 pm Central
Blue Island Library Livestream
The Farmer is the Man
I'll perform a mix of original, traditional and contemporary songs of the Farm. Streaming live on Chris Vallillo Facebook and Youtube Channels.
Saturday, June 19th, 7:00PM Central
Hickory Ridge Concerts Virtual
With specialGuest Donna Herula
Join us for an evening of music and Conversation as I welcome Donna Herual to our stage.  Donna is an excellent Chicago Blues woman and a fine traditional bottleneck slideplayer. The stream is free, donations accepted.
Sunday, June 20thTBA
Al Watson Memorial
TBA
My friend Al Watson was well known throughout the Midwest as an  excellent soundman and bluegrass bass player.  Al was my go to guy to run sound for literally every festivalI've produced in the last 30 years. He passed away last fall and those of us that held him dear will join together in a celebration of his life and friendship.  Details TBA