The blues is music for all time—past, present, and future—and few artists can channel those multiple moments of the genre like North Mississippi’s Cedric Burnside. The Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist and singer/songwriter contains within him the legacy and future of the region’s sound stories. At once African and American and southern and Mississippian, these stories tell about love, hurt, connection, and redemption in the South. Grandson of blues luminary R.L. Burnside, he was on the road by age 13 making music with his grandfather and developing the next, electric generation of the Hill Country sound. Since then, he has played with the North Mississippi Allstars (Luther Dickinson gave him his first electric guitar.), Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Burnside has thoroughly established himself as a collaborative and innovative artist, “one whose music is deeply informed by the past without being dictated or limited by it” (Rolling Stone).
Tickets for this event will be available online only (not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter). Please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or advancement [at] krannertcenter.illinois.edu.
As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.
We kindly ask that you please leave large bags/purses at home or in your car rather than bringing them into the theatres.
Because of staffing changes resulting from the pandemic, Intermezzo cafe is closed for the festival, but snacks and beverages are available at Stage 5 Bar. Please wear a mask unless you are actively eating or drinking. No eating or drinking is permitted in lines or inside Foellinger Great Hall, Tryon Festival Theatre, or Colwell Playhouse.
Friday, September 17
Stage 5 Bar: 4pm-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, September 18
Stage 5 Bar: 11am-11:30pm
Beer and Wine Bar: 7pm-9pm
Hummus and Pita snack box with vegetables
Assorted cheese and summer sausage snack box with crackers
Gardetto’s snack mix
Mixed nuts with fruit
Did you know that 14 cafes and restaurants are located within two blocks of Krannert Center? Please visit these neighborhood partners during the festival and beyond!
The Bread Company
Espresso Royale Coffee
Manolo’s Pizza & Empanadas
4th Quarter Nutrition
Basil Thai at Urbana
Bab Plus Korean Restaurant
- A. Mark Neuman
- Jill & James Quisenberry
- Frances & Marc Ansel in memory of George Perlstein
Corporate and Community Gold Sponsor
- The Whip at Backland Radio dot com
Corporate and Community Silver Sponsors
- Kessler Optical
Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsors
- The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery
- Carter’s Furniture
- Smile Politely
The Augustine Foundation provides continued substantial support for ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival.
ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival is possible because of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support.
If you would like to make a gift today, you can visit our giving page to learn more about the various ways you can support Krannert Center. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming performance, please email the Krannert Center Advancement team. Your continued support enables the Center to strengthen and enrich the community through the performing arts as we reopen our doors this season. Thank you.
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