Date(s) - 07/21/2023
IL—Artspace 304 will host a performance titled “Forgottonia, An Intimate Portrait of Rural
Illinois” by musician and IL Humanities Road Scholar Speaker, Chris Vallillo.
The performance will take place on Friday, July 21 at 7pm in Artspace 304, 304 W Walnut St in
Carbondale. Forgottonia is a musical journey through the people and places of rural Illinois just as the last
vestiges of the old “Forgottonia” slowly erode away. The show combines storytelling with live music. Chris
Vallillo, a multi-instrumentalist, is a former archaeologist turned musician and folklorist, who performs
masterful fingerstyle and slide guitar that digs into the foundations of rural music.
The event is co-produced by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, which invites Illinois
authors, artists and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state,
enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs to their communities.
The event is free and open to all audiences. For parking, please use First Christian Church’s parking lot,
located on W Monroe St and S University Ave. For more information, please visit
Artspace 304 supports Southern Illinois’ diverse and vibrant cultural arts community by growing
leadership, education, funding, connections, and regional economic development. Visit artspace304.org
for more information on our exhibitions, programming, and events.