Rushville's The Hub will bring music to the air this summer with concerts

RUSHVILLE – The Hub Arts and Cultural Center is doing its part to ensure music is in the air this summer, with several concerts planned starting Sunday, according to Executive Director Erin Eveland.

The Community Band, a summer staple in Rushville for over 20 years, opens the season with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Central Park Square.

Visitors to the free concert are asked to bring a garden chair or blanket to sit on.

Further concerts by the Community Band will take place on July 14th and August 11th.

William “Bill” Maakestad will perform “Songs & Stories: A Casual Evening with Jimmie, Hank and Johnny” at The Hub on Friday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and voluntary donations will be accepted.

During the performance, Maakestad will “bring to life the stories and songs of country singers Jimmie Rodgers, Hanks Williams and Johnny Cash,” according to The Hub. The show will explore the life of each man and his influence on the genre of country music.

Maakestad is a professor emeritus of management at Western Illinois University and a tai chi and qigong instructor. When not performing solo, he plays traditional New Orleans jazz with the Lamoine River Ramblers and big band music with the Post 6 Big Band.

During Maakestad's concert, the Hub will provide cookies, coffee and water, but visitors are also welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks, according to The Hub.

The Hub's Summer Youth Choir will bring their voices to the event at 6 p.m. on June 25 at Central Park Square.

The choir, under the direction of Lydia Cunningham, is in its second season.

Both the Summer Youth Choir and the Community Band are open to new members. The choir is open to children in third through sixth grade. The band has fewer age restrictions. For more information about joining the band or choir or about performances, call 217-216-5032 or visit