This coming Saturday is the Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival. Each day this week, we will highlight one of the musical performances from this festival. Today, we are showcasing Chris Vallillo, who will be performing at 3 p.m. in the park:
Chris Vallillo is a singer/songwriter and roots musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan”
America come to life in song. Having spent the last 30 years in the rural Midwest, he has a natural affinity for
American roots music. Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo weaves
original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the
history and lifestyles of the Midwest.
Always a project oriented artist, in the early 2000’s Vallillo began creating one man shows using music as the
vehicle to explore a subject or theme. His 2008 project, titled Abraham Lincoln in Song, received the
endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the CD reached #10 on Billboard’s
Bluegrass Album Chart in March of 2008. In 2016, his latest show and recording, Oh Freedom! Songs of the
Civil Rights Movement charted at # 6 on the folk charts.
Please join us for his free performance on Saturday June 26. Below is a press release with more information about this year’s Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Schedule: