DOORS: 12:00 p.m.

12:15-1:00Jack Anthony and the Desperadoes

1:30-2:15Emily Otnes and The Weekdays

2:45-3:30Bones Jugs N Harmony



6:30-7:30Their / They’re / There

8:00-9:00Sun Stereo

9:30-10:30Those Darlins

10:45-12:00DJs Belly / Kosmo / Mertz

Note: DJs Belly, Kosmo and Mertz will be spinning between sets.

The ILLIAC Spring Festival takes place in Downtown Urbana, Illinois in May, as a hearty handshake to the students ready to depart for the Summer, and as a welcome wagon for the wonderful weather to come.

Why is it called The ILLIAC? We named it that to honor the fact that Urbana, Illinois was actually home to the first piece of computer music ever composed, The Illiac Suite, in 1956 at the University of Illinois. Champaign-Urbana is home to a very rich musical history, and there is something strong in the first three letters I-L-L that makes us all proud in one way or another.

So, that's why we went with The ILLIAC. Nothing more, nothing less.

The event is produced by The Nicodemus Agency, known best for staging Pygmalion Music Festival for the past decade all around both Champaign and Urbana, and done so in partnership with The Canopy Club, the most prolific and important live music venue of the past 15 years in all of downstate Illinois. They are also the producers of the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, the largest music festival in downstate Illinois.

Our sponsors are many, and growing, but this simply couldn't be possible without the support of the City of Urbana, the Urbana Business Association, WPCD 88.7, and the Common Ground Food Co-op. There are others, of course, so please click the PARTNERS link and thank them by patronizing their businesses on the day of the festival and throughout the year.

What's it all about? It's real easy: this is a FREE, outdoor event that is designed to get people out on a Saturday to enjoy Downtown Urbana and all of its offerings. We'll supply the entertainment, the refreshments, and the sunshine, and you provide us with company.

Deal? Deal.


City Of Urbana logo
UBA logo
WPCD FM logo
Common Ground Food Co-Operative logo
Smile Politely logo
Canopy logo
Crane Alley logo
Polyvinyl logo
County Plaza logo
Cafeteria & Company logo
Illinois Stewardship Alliance logo
O'Brien Auto Team logo
Champaign Cycle logo
H2O Salon logo
Strawberry Fields logo
Columbia Street Roastery


Q:   How much does The ILLIAC Festival cost?

A:   Nothing.
It's free. Please support our sponsors as a token of your gratitude!


Map to The ILLIAC Festival

Downtown Urbana, Illinois

Main St. between Race and Broadway — Directions on Google Maps