Special Events at the Carl Sandburg Visitors' Center

Songbag Concert Series
A monthly concert series presented by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association in the "Barn" at Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, in an intimate smoke-free and alcohol-free environment, showcasing acoustic music in the traditional and folk style. 313 E 3rd Street, Galesburg IL, (309) 342-2361. The concerts are free and open to the public, however a $5.00 donation is greatly appreciated. All shows start at 7:00pm.
Date Performer

February 27, 2016


Wacky Keys
Wacky Keys




The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site will bring a little tropical warmth to the Illinois winter with its first “Songbag” concert of 2016: the Hawaiian sounds of “The Wacky Keys.”
The Wacky Keys are a three-piece Hawaiian band that plays traditional Hawaiian music but also swing, pop, country and more.
The Feb. 27 concert takes place in the Sandburg Site’s Barn at 313 E. Third Street, Galesburg. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 with a break for refreshments around 8. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. 
The Wacky Keys are Diane Norman on guitar, Dave "DK" Kolars on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and Mike Warfel playing bass. Visit
www.davekolars.com for more information.
The concert is sponsored by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Ann Mueller, a member of the Association’s board, will serve as host for the concert.
Before each concert, a “Sandburg reader” presents a piece of the famed author’s work. It could be poetry, prose or perhaps a selection from his autobiography. Sarah Pawlicki, a Knox College student and Site volunteer, will be the reader at this concert.
Carl Sandburg was a collector and performer of America’s folk songs. The series is named in honor of Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag,” published in 1927.

March 26, 2016



Dry Rock & Roll Band, Galesburg, Illiinois
Dry Rock & Roll Band



The rock trio DRY will unplug on March 26 for an acoustic performance in the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site’s “Songbag” concert series. DRY plays its own songs as well as covers ranging from the Beatles to AC/DC to Green Day.


The March 26 concert takes place in the Sandburg site’s barn at 313 E. Third Street, Galesburg. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 with a break for refreshments around 8. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. 


The Sandburg Reader for this concert will be Luz Nuncio Schick.  She will read Sandburg poems in both Spanish and English. 


The members of DRY are Sean Kistler (vocals/guitar), Jim Morgan (bass) and Brandon Merry (drums). DRY was founded in 1995, and this line-up has been together since 1998. Visit www.dryband.com for more information.


DRY is known for live performances filled with lots of rock & roll energy and improvisation. This unplugged performance may lower the volume but not the fun.


April 30, 2016



Roundstone Buskers

Roundstone Buskers


Roundstone Buskers are Tom Jones, Bruce Burton and Shannan Sullivan.  Originally formed in 2001, and named after Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the "Buskers" consisted of Shannan Sullivan (fiddle), Tom Jones bodhran/percussion/whistles) & Tom Grafton (guitar/ hammer dulcimer). The original trio played through 2003, released a successful self-titled CD and eventually disbanded yet remained good friends.

Later that year, Shannan and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bruce Burton started a duo simply named SullivanBurton. They played through 2007 and released the CD, “Monkey Bars” which won praise from Dirty Linen magazine.  In 2007, Tom Jones joined Bruce and Shannan and the three restarted the Roundstone Buskers.

"The Buskers" have not looked back since regaining their name becoming somewhat of an acoustic power trio claiming traditional and contemporary celtic as part of their sound. They have been called "cheeky", "punxy" and "on point" and they are fine with that.

They all sing, they all play, but most importantly.....they all listen.

May 28, 2016




We are grateful to John Heasly who has coordinated the Songbag Concert Series for so many years for the Association.
John is taking a well-deserved break from coordinating the Songbag Concerts and the CSHSA's Songbag Committee (Gary Wagle, chair)
will be coordinating the future Songbag Concerts.  Thanks again to John Heasly for his talent and leadership in making the Songbag Concerts
at the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site a success!

A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested as the door (or gate) entry fee.  These door receipts go to the Songbag Concert performers to supplement a base amount paid by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association.  If you enjoy the concert, please be generous in support of our performers. 

Songbag Concert Series performers and refreshment costs are underwritten by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and its members at a cost of approximately $2,500 per year. If you would like to support the Songbag Concert Series, become a member of the Association, and/or feel free to make a donation to the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, PO Box 585, Galesburg, IL 61402-0585.

Contact the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association: carl@sandburg.org
Suggest performers or get information about the Songbag Concert Series: heasly@frontiernet.net