Music Could Bring Cash to Peoria this Summer

Several events are planned along the riverfront

PEORIA - Music sounds good to the city of Peoria this year, especially after partnering with Limelight Eventplex to bring more big names than ever before to town.

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau expects an extra $7 million to come in this year from concerts, featuring big names like Nelly, Cheap Trek, 38 Special and KC and the Sunshine Band.

The Limelight Eventplex is planning to hold those eight concerts downtown starting May 19, it's also planning to host Tailgate ‘N Tallboys, a six day country music festival, starting in June.

The Eventplex expects close to 7,000 people to pile into the downtown this year for each of the concerts. Between ticket sales, buying food and gas and paying for hotels, the city could see a lot of extra cash.

It's important especially since some of caterpillar's executives are leaving town this year. 

"We're trying to get these different artists and their management companies and their agents to say hey, Peoria is a great place to play so to make that happen we need some local support,” said Limelight co-owner, Danny Cash.

The Eventplex says it’s already setting up along the riverfront.


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