Counting Down to Urbana Sweetcorn Festival


Mark your calendars for the 2018 Sweetcorn Festival
Friday, August 24 – 5pm – Midnight
Saturday, August 25 – 11am – Midnight.

Admittance to the festival is free and yes — that includes seeing the bands.

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival 2018 will be a completely ticketless festival. Festival goers are advised to bring either cash and/or credit card to purchase these items.

Plenty! There’ll be over 80 food and drink vendors to satisfy any craving, informational and merchandise vendors to learn from and shop at, dozens of kids activities, a vintage car show, and two nights of live music featuring local favorites. Oh, did we mention the best-tasting sweet corn the fine state of Illinois has to offer?

Visit our volunteer page for more information. Thank you, potential volunteer!

Entertainment Lineup:
Dark sparkly indie rock from Champaign, IL. Featuring Mark Wyman, Mikael Brackett, Joe Funderburkm, and Kayla Brown. Frontwoman Kayla Brown’s vocals smoulder one moment and wail the next as she delivers brooding lyrics that are saturated with vulnerability.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – AVON DALE
Formed at the University of Illinois, Avon Dale is a Memphis based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. The four-piece band features a dynamic rhythm section, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. This powerful live act combines to create melodically rich songs that range from tender and plaintive to gritty and beseeching. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining a following and is becoming a Memphis must see act.

Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is based out of Champaign-Urbana, IL and features musicians from Decadents and the No Secret Band. Mojo plays classic hits from the entire Tom Petty discography, along with deep cuts from some of their most popular albums. The six-piece band includes Mike Carpenter (guitar/vocals), Ben Donaldson (drums), Tim Donaldson (guitar), Mike Solomon (guitar), Fil Pilatowski (bass) and Roger Prillaman (keyboards).

90’s Daughter – voted “Best Band” in Champaign 2013, 2014, and 2015! This high-energy party band knows how to get the crowd moving, and leads the party every time the perform! Created in 2009 by members of Midwest party band “The Brat Pack”, the band continues to reach new heights, new fans, and new parties! They will be playing Boston hits and favorites from STYX, REO Speedwagon, and Journey.

7:00 PM – 8:00PM – ANT DOGG
Ant Dogg is an independent, multifaceted recording artist. Like many others, Ant Dogg has come from situations and environment that imposes tremendous hurdles. While those conditions were tough, Ant Dogg has not allowed his challenging beginnings to create a prison for himself, but instead he has used those conditions as fuel to light the fiery passion that you cannot deny in his music. Ant Dogg is a strong believer in the things that are the best or most beautiful cannot be seen or touched. Those things can only be felt. Ant Dogg’s music does not attempt to make this something his fans experience, instead, it is something he ensures they actually experience. So, whether you want to heal a broken heart, motivate the soul, or turn the party out; Ant Dogg’s music is the perfect choice for any place, person, or event.


Lou DiBello Band features Dibello on lead vocals and guitar with bass and drums backing him up. Following the traditions of the best power trios, Lou is playing instrumentals from his 3 albums, original vocal tunes, and classics by some of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, including Hendrix, Clapton, Nugent, Montrose, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Pat Travers, and more!

10:15PM – 12:00AM – NEW SOULS

New Souls traffics in the best of soul, funk, R&B, neosoul, Motown and 90s jams, with expert three-part harmonies from core members Brandon T. Washington, Mike Ingram, and Cii La’cole. The band, which spun out of Mike Ingram’s Great Cover Up set as Justin Timberlake, emerged in late 2014 and quickly became a local favorite. They’ve gone on to play Summer Camp Music Festival, the Taste of Champaign, Urbana Sweetcorn Fest, the Great Cover Up (as Fugees, with T.R.U.T.H; Eminem; and A Tribe Called Quest, with Curb Service), and have made the rounds to neighboring states to play clubs and weddings alike. Their fierce streak of social activism keeps them busy with various benefits.

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