Nicholas Stine and Sean Neumann contributed to this article
With the influx of music festivals and specialized live summer performances over the past decade, it’s difficult to sniff out which are truly unique. Buried a couple miles in the forest, the Opry barn in Monticello (Ill.) has began to stand as a haven for live americana and country music in Central Illinois. The Hogchute Opry festival is one of the main reasons.
This past weekend marked the third-annual Hogchute Opry, a two-night DIY music festival.
The americana and rock festival featured a majority of bands from Champaign-Urbana, such as The Fights, Rebecca Rego & the Trainmen, Finer Feelings, and Neoga Blacksmith, as well as out of town acts such as St. Louis natives The Maness Brothers.
Hogchute also held a gigantic bonfire on the second night of the festival, while both nights featured camping, an Italian food truck, and hanging out while the bands played inside the Opry barn in one of the most unique live music experiences of the summer in Central Illinois.
Watch CU band Walt Falbo & the Falbonauts perform Tim Harden’s “Lady Come from Baltimore” at this year’s festival here: