Concerts in the Stacks

The Concert in the Stacks series seeks to bring a variety of music to the Chillicothe area community.

Are you an individual or business interested in helping to sponsor the series? Please call the library at 309-274-2719.

“The Soul of a Soldier”

Thursday, April 12 @ 6:30 pm

One hundred years ago, civilized nations from around the globe were compelled to enter a war that would be known as “The Great War… the War to End All Wars.” History books will record the politics, the battles, and the outcome of the Great War, but it is in the songs and stories of human patriotism, sacrifice, and heroism on both sides of the battle that we can begin to understand the experiences of the common soldiers and their loved ones left behind.

With his gentle performance of songs and powerful storytelling, Mike Cheesman gives us a glimpse of the patriotism that drove so many to the battlefields, the sacrifice of the soldiers and their loved ones as the war lingered on, and the heroism of the soldiers on both sides of the conflict. One hundred years later, we should reflect on the words from John McCutcheons’s song, “Christmas in the Trenches”: “At both ends of the rifle, we’re the same.”


Hadley Kennary

Sunday, May 20 @ 2:30 pm

Hadley Kennary is a singer-songwriter whose music is a folk/pop blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Kennary, appropriately pronounced like the bird, grew up outside of Chicago. In 2014, she graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has since independently released a full-length album and two EPs. Her warm sound is refreshingly honest and contagiously catchy.

She has graced stages around the country such as SPACE in Chicago and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as several shows in Ireland and the UK. Her songs have been featured in renowned songwriting competitions such as Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Songwriting Competition (where she won 2nd place in 2015).

Hadley lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to write, record, and perform live. Her latest release, “Momentum EP”, was released August 24th, 2016 and is available wherever music is digitally sold & streamed.

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