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Castle Theatre – Black Dirt Music Festival

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Black Dirt Music Festival is a one day urban music festival held in historic downtown Bloomington, IL. The event aims to bring diverse artists and attendees together to celebrate music and community in the heart of the heartland. The inaugural event will take place July 27, 2019 in the Rock Lot of the Castle Theatre.

Artist Bios
Backyard Tire Fire:
Backyard is BACK!
That’s right, Edward David Anderson and his able co-conspirators return from hiatus to headline the inaugural Black Dirt Music Festival. Known for connecting with the common man, the Bloomington based outfit released 6 albums & 2 EPs over a decade, averaging 200 shows a year. Touring with everybody from Gov’t Mule to Rev Horton Heat and playing high profile festivals like Mountain Jam in NY & High Sierra in CA garnered the band critical praise and a national audience. Paste Magazine said “These Midwesterners brandish a raucous live show and inventive studio albums,” while the Nashville Scene wrote “Bar Room Semantics is infused with the kind of dusty, bootstrap-pulling resilience that Midwesterners have spent decades perfecting.”

If you never caught Backyard Tire Fire in the day or if you’ve been waiting patiently for their return, this is your chance to hear the Black Dirt Music pioneers in their natural habitat after an 8 year hiatus for what promises to be an incredible evening of music & friends

Chicago Farmer:
The son of a small town farming community, 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.

Matthew Curry
Matthew Curry has built a multi-generational audience through a deep, pure connection forged with fans that have encountered him via headline appearances and cherished support opportunities from some of the most successful touring artists in the history of music. Simply, he is a singer-songwriter writing songs that draw from personal inspirations, incorporating elements of blues, rock, southern rock, and old school country in to his repertoire. His guitar playing is becoming world renowned, yet for Curry his perspective is broader sharing, “Of course the guitar is a HUGE part of my music, but something I really like to focus on is trying to make good songs. Songs people can relate to. Songs people immediately want to sing along to or tap their feet to. It is reaffirming to experience this wide spectrum of audience coming out, and when I’m on stage seeing a mix of young, old, and middle age, alongside an even split of males and females singing along to every song, I know that I’m headed down the right path.”

John Till
John Till cultivates folk, blues & country from the farthest reaches of the Great Plains to the Appalachian foothills, down to the delta & back up to Chicago for a sound that’s equal parts pastoral & main street charm.


July 27
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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