EffingHAM Music Fest


The 2015 Lineup

This is only the beginning of our 2015 season! Check back for more official announcements!

Surf City Allstars

Saturday, Sept. 19th  |  8:00 PMWhen music reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s, the Beach Boys secured their place in pop culture. Relive the glory days with EffingHAM Music Fest, as we welcome original Beach Boys guitarist David Marks with support from the Surf City Allstars to the Funfest Amphitheater stage on Saturday, Sept. 19th. Tickets are only $15 at Ticketweb.com. Bring your lawn chairs and get ready for a great time!

David Marks was one of the six original Beach Boys and was present for the first Beach Boys recordings in 1961. When the band went on their first tour in 1962, Brian Wilson stayed home to write songs and David toured in his place. He played on the first four albums and appeared on album cover artwork, including the “Surfer Girl” album, second from the left. He reunited with the Beach Boys in 2012 for their 50th Anniversary Tour, singing and playing hits like “Getcha Back” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to audiences around the world.

The Surf City Allstars band is the only band with members who have all played and sang lead vocals with both the Beach Boys and the Jan & Dean Band. Members of the Surf City Allstarts were actually taught lead vocals by Beach Boys legends, Mike Love and Brian Wilson.

Drew Baldridge

Saturday, June 6  |  8:00 PM Singer-songwriter Drew Baldridge grew up in Patoka, Illinois, where he developed a passion for writing, playing and singing his own Country songs. With the release of his latest album, “Crossing County Lines, Vol. 2” this month and a spot on iTunes Top 30 Country Charts, Drew is sharing his style of living large on the simple things with the world.

Drew has opened shows for Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Alabama and Justin Moore. We are thrilled to have him headlining our inaugural concert of the 2015 season! Tickets are $10 per person for the concert and are available here.

Garrett Biggs & The Hwy 40 Band

Get here early June 6th to see Garrett Biggs & the Hwy 40 Band take the small Funfest Stage at 5pm! Your $10 ticket is inclusive of both bands! Tickets are at ticketweb.

Garrett Biggs & The Highway 40 Band is a new Modern Country/Classic Rock band out of Casey, Illinois. They play a mix of country tunes like Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” as well as classics like Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally!”

With two lead guitar players, a solid backbeat, and a utility player of five different instruments, they are able to cover a wide range of sounds. The band’s front man, Garrett Biggs, is a 16 year old Country Singer/Songwriter out of Casey, Ill. He has performed more than 120 shows in the past 2 years, and has been featured on WTHI News 10’s “In The Spotlight” Segment. He has plans to spend studio time recording his original debut album in the very near future. Garrett will also be opening for Josh Thompson, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Aaron Tippin at the Kankakee BBQ Fest later on this summer.

Backing him up are some of the most seasoned musicians in East Central Illinois. Roger Biggs, lead guitar and vocals, and Stan Landrith, bass guitar and vocals have over 35 years each of experience on stage. Wayne Cottrell, drums, brings an energetic style that you won’t want to miss. Marie McGlone, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle, and vocals, has performed on stage with Waylon Jennings’ grandson, Whey Jennings. She has been featured in the documentary book, “Images of America, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Music” and released her first CD titled “Listen To My Heart” in October of 2010.