Special Events at the Carl Sandburg Visitors' Center

Songbag Concert Series
A monthly concert series presented by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association in the "Barn" at Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, in an intimate smoke-free and alcohol-free environment, showcasing acoustic music in the traditional and folk style. 313 E 3rd Street, Galesburg IL, (309) 342-2361. The concerts are free and open to the public, however a $5.00 donation is greatly appreciated.  All shows start at 4:00pm, normally on the Second Sunday of the month.
Concert Date   Performer
March 10, 2018
David W. Smith - Sandburg Songbag Concert - March 10, 2019 - 4:00pm 
David W. Smith
Bluesy acoustic, dirt-funk to intimate
(Nashville, TN / Blue Grass, IA)

April 14, 2019


Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti - Sandburg Songbag Concert - April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti

Folk, swing & jazz and originals

(Island Lake, IL)


May 5, 2019


Sandburg Songbag - May 5, 2019 - 4-6pm / Ian Johnson & Manny Lopez III
Ian Johnson & Manny Lopez III

Funky guitar & keyboard
(Galesburg, IL)

June 9, 2019



Last Acre - Mark & Molly Mathewson - Sandburg Songbag, June 9, 2019, 4:00pm

Last Acre

Mark & Molly Mathewson

Father & daughter duo with traditional Appalachian folk music.

(Springfield, IL)


July 14, 2019


David Berntson
Blues harmonica for pleasure seekers
(Tulsa, OK)
David Berntson,Sandburg Songbag Concert, Sunday, July 14, 2019, 4:00pm

Aug 11, 2019


Andy Crawford & Harry Tonchev
Jazz guitar and bass
(Galesburg, IL)
Andy Crawford & Harry Tonchev - Sandburg Songbag Concert, Sunday, August 11, 2019, 4:00pm

Sept 8, 2019


Barry Cloyd
Midwestern based, full-time touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.
(Peoria, IL)
Barry Cloyd, Sandburg Songbag Concert, Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 pm

Oct 13, 2019


Sally Weisenburg & Don Berbaum
Blues & Jazz
(Rushville, IL)
Sally Weisenburg & Don Berbaum - Sandburg Songbag - October 13, 2019 - 4pm

Nov 10, 2019


Trulson Hope Scott Trio - Sandburg Songbag - Nov. 10, 2019 - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Trulson Hope Scott Trio
Acoustic Guitar & Keyboard
(Galesburg, IL)

We are grateful to Tom Foley
who is coordinating the Songbag Concert Series this year for the Association.

A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested as the door (or gate) entry fee.  These door receipts go to the Songbag Concert performers to supplement a base amount paid by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association.  If you enjoy the concert, please be generous in support of our performers. 

Songbag Concert Series performers and refreshment costs are underwritten by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association and its members at a cost of approximately $2,500 per year. If you would like to support the Songbag Concert Series, become a member of the Association, and/or you are always welcome to make a donation to the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, PO Box 585, Galesburg, IL 61402-0585.

Contact the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association: carl@sandburg.org
Suggest performers or get information about the Songbag Concert Series: tomfoley13@icloud.com