5 things to do in the region this weekend


If you’re looking for something to do over the next few days, there are plenty of community events going on that feature a mix of live music, culture, art, and history.

Start the weekend early with live Latin dance music on the Y Block at 410 E. Jackson St. Four-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, Peul, will perform at 7 p.m. The band’s music combines traditional merengue with hip hop, house, bachata and elements of other genres. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an opener from singer Enrique Molina Ortiz, originally from Veracruz, Mexico.

Friday, experience “The audacity of its art exhibition ” at Pavilion of Erin, which will feature the work of local artist Michelle “Micki” Smith. During the one-night exhibition focused on Smith creating art in her own way while encouraging other artists – especially other women of color, like Alyssa Farmer who will also be exhibiting her work as promising local artist for the event. . The exhibit will run from 5 pm to 8 pm and will feature music by local DJ Makai “1Kai” Gant. Tickets for the event can be purchased online for $ 15 until Friday at 7 p.m. at TheDrawing-Room.com, and for $ 20 at the door. Children 12 and under can attend for free, but must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

After: The History of the Road reopens with new outdoor exhibits showcasing the Black history of Springfield

From 9 a.m., the 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory will lead a Black History Bike Ride, which will stop at the historic John Taylor House at 902 S. 12th St., the city’s first black fire station, the Lincoln Colored Home for Orphans, the 1908 Race Riot site and the history of the road. Museum. The bike tour will start and end in the square at 806 S. 11th St.

Visitors walk through the tribute to four prominent black entrepreneurs in Springfield, two of whom were killed in the Springfield Riot in 1908, after a groundbreaking ceremony for the Route History Museum and Visitor Center of Springfield, Ill. Friday, July 9, 2021 The History of the Highway highlights stories surrounding the Black experience on Historic Route 66 and is located on East Cook Street. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Spend the rest of your Saturday at Chatham Community Park immersing yourself in the culture of Afrochella Illinois. The music festival will showcase and celebrate the diversity of Afro culture through art, entertainment, entrepreneurship, cuisine and more. A fashion show, dancers, poetry, a conversation about mental health in the African community, makeup and a number of live musical performances are among the many things on deck for the event, which will kick off in 9am and will last until 10pm. are $ 20 and can be purchased online at EventBrite.com/e/afrochella-illinois-tickets-146769793403. Children 12 and under enter free.

Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Duarte will perform at the Alamo on Monday evening.  Photo provided.

Monday night, listen to live blues music at Alamo or Chris Duarte will preform. The guitarist, singer and songwriter who has headlined major festivals and clubs in the United States, Canada and Europe plays a unique style of Texan blues-rock that draws on elements of jazz, blues and rock and roll. Duarte will take the stage at 7 p.m. and there’s $ 5 coverage.

Things to Do is published every Wednesday on sj-r.com and on Thursdays in The State Journal-Register print edition. Email your upcoming events to journalist Natalie Pierre at [email protected] Contributions must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday for review.


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