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Music to Your … Eyes? 3 Tours Coming to Illinois This Fall – Bard Optical

Music to Your … Eyes? 3 Tours Coming to Illinois This Fall

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If you missed Godsmack in concert with Shinedown at the end of September, or country music legend Keith Urban on October 12, there are many terrific musical acts coming to Central Illinois later this fall.

With holiday shows like the Nutcracker and Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, as well as Rivermen Hockey and Bradley Basketball on the schedule, there are lots of opportunities to see your favorite acts live on stage.

Jay Leno, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the classic rock band Chicago visit the Peoria Civic Center later this year, and legends like Bob Seger and John Mellencamp have performances scheduled for the spring.

At smaller venues, it may be easier to see your favorite performers because you can be close to the stage. This is true for the Monarch Music Hall (formerly the Limelight) with upcoming acts such as Hoobastank on November 2. The Monarch’s sister venue, the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, is also set up for standing room only, which lets early birds get great access to the stage for bands like Waterparks and the Get Up Kids in November. Likewise, at a local venue like Crusen’s, you aren’t far from groups like Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard.

For arena rock, you’re likely much farther away from the action. And you’re probably going to pay more for the privilege. Being seated in the nosebleed section might lessen your enjoyment, especially if poor eyesight from outdated glasses means you can’t see the what’s going on onstage.

At the same time you buy your tickets to any of the shows below, why not schedule a quick vision check? Bard Optical optometrists will optimize your eyesight for the optimal concert experience!


A Pale Tour Named Death at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at 8 p.m.

This Grammy-winning Swedish metal group is known for its eccentric stage performance and prosthetic masks, so you won’t want to miss the sight of this group live, with their occult costumes and demonic characters.

Most recently, their album Meliora is gaining the group recognition as a top rock band, with some of their hits debuting at number one on the Billboard charts.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at 7 p.m.

One of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 rock bands of all time takes the stage in Central Illinois. This farewell tour is the last time you’ll be able to see the band performing live, so set your sights on clear vision if you want to take it all in.

Prepare for Southern rock at its best with epic songs like “Free Bird,” “Still Unbroken,” “What’s Your Name?” and of course “Sweet Home Alabama” from a discography that stretches back six decades.


The International Sensation at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, both at 7:30 p.m.

The show STOMP is “a story told through percussion, using everything BUT percussion instruments!” A hit since its UK debut in 1991, the cast performs rhythms using ordinary objects and their own bodies to keep the powerful beats going. They still sell out venues after more than two decades and even were part of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games closing ceremonies in London.

The nature of the performance is acrobatic and uses pantomime in its storyline, so good vision is a must for this high-energy physical show.

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