Bruce Rauner, Governor
Philip Nelson, Director
|August 7-17, 2014 - Springfield|
Sunday, August 11 th, 7:30 p.m., Grandstand
Tickets go on Sale March 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com
Queen of California Waiting On The World To Change
Your Body Is A Wonderland
Released in June 2012, Born and Raised, the fifth Columbia Records album from seven-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, debuted at Number One in six countries--Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and the United States--while hitting Number One on iTunes in thirty territories worldwide.
Mayer's previous albums--Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), Continuum (2006) and Battle Studies (2009)--have sold more than 17 million copies combined worldwide. John has won seven Grammy Awards and received an additional 11 nominations. He has been included in Time Magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Guitar" issue.
A musician who confounds genre boundaries, John Mayer has performed and/or recorded with an extraordinary range of artists from the worlds of rock, blues, hip-hop, jazz, and country including Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Burnett, Herbie Hancock, Dixie Chicks, Jay Z and Alicia Keys.
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Gone Gone Gone
Where We Came From
Man On The Moon
The same day that Phillip Phillips claimed his victory in American Idol's season 11 finale, the 22-year-old singer/guitarist released "Home," a debut single that showcases his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills. The Leesburg, Georgia-bred songwriter released his debut album The World From The Side Of The Moon (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records) November 2012 where it debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. The album has since gone gold, and is quickly approaching platinum, as it jumps fifteen spots to #18 on the Billboard Top 200 this week. Phillips' hit single "Home" see sales of over 4.2 million making it the most successful single of any American Idol winner. Phillips recently finished up a tour with Matchbox Twenty and is currently out on the road headlining a college tour in support of his new single "Gone, Gone, Gone."
Phillips first began making music when he was 14, thanks largely to his older sister's boyfriend (and now husband), Ben Neil, who taught him how to play guitar. Phillips kept on studying guitar on his own ("mostly by playing along to the karaoke machine") and soon found himself mastering riffs from classic-rock tracks like Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." Several years later, Phillips formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and added singing to his repertoire. After graduating high school, Phillips began studying industrial systems technology at Albany Technical College in Georgia and continued playing music with his brother-in-law. With encouragement from his family and friends, Phillips took a break from working in his family's pawn shop and auditioned for American Idol in summer 2011—and soon found himself tearing through powerful, full-throated performances of songs by artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett on the Idol stage.