Fort Kaskaskia
Traditional Music Festival
Ellis Grove, Illinois

Saturday and Sunday
September 21 - September 22, 2013
11 am - 6 pm both days
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Every September thousands of music lovers converge on Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site for the annual Traditional Music Festival. Nationally and regionally known musicians treat the crowd to Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, and Country music as well as other entertainment such as traditional dances. A craft show is held on both days with plenty of interesting items for sale, and there is no shortage of food and refreshments. If you would like to spend one of the last weekends of summer enjoying good music in a scenic setting on top of the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River then the Fort Kaskaskia Traditional Music Festival is a sure fire bet for a great afternoon outing.

Pickin' Chicks
Updated Traditional Music
The Swamp Tigers
Rockabilly with lots of twists and turns
Giant City Slickers
Western Swing in the tradition of Bob Wills
Harpeth Rising
New Bluegrass, original and updated Traditional Music
Johnny Trash And A Band Named Sue
Johnny Cash Tribute and other country music
Beaucoup Creek
Gospel, bluegrass, and country
Buffalo Road
Americana--rock, folk, country, bluegrass
Sam West Trio
Mix of bluegrass and jazz
The Howlin' Brothers
Upbeat of bluegrass and country, Nashville style
Zydeco Crawdaddys
Cajun and country with Southern Louisiana Hot Sauce on it
Remember to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating!
Both Days!
Food and Refreshments available on the grounds

Directions: Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located 6 miles north of Chester, IL. Take IL-3 to just south of Ellis Grove and turn west on Fort Kaskaskia Road. 

Admission information:
     Online tickets (in advance): Age 17 & up: $13 per day or $25 for both days. 6 through 16: $5 per day or $9 for both days.
     Day of events sales: Age 17 & up: $15 per day. 6 through 16: $7 per day.
The Festival is sponsored by the Save Illinois History organization and the revenues generated benefit historic Illinois sites.

For more information contact Susie Brigman at 702-588-2977 in Troy, IL or visit for online ticket sales

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