Award-winning folk singer Chris Vallillo will perform two shows this weekend, each with different historical focuses.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Vallillo will perform "Songs of 'Egypt's' Soldiers During the Civil War" at the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro. The program includes three new songs that are inspired by the experience of Southern Illinois Civil War soldiers, including lyrics from a letter to family from Corp. Martin Smothers Co. F, 15th Illinois Cavalry.
At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Vallillo will perform "Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement" at the Carbondale Public Library. The show was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. Vallillo will perform songs that inspired and sustained the movement, including "We Shall Overcome" and "This Little Light of Mine," which played a vital role in the historic struggle.
Vallillo is a singer, songwriter and roots musician who has spent the last 30 years in the Midwest, especially focused on rural music and stories.
Both shows are free.
— The Southern