Parades, vultures and vibraphones

Dominating the events this weekend in Carbondale is of course, the SIU Homecoming. The annual homecoming parade starts at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Carbondale, and tailgating for the game starts at 11:00 a,m. on Saluki Row.

This year’s homecoming game promises to be a good one, as the Salukis, coming off of two much needed road wins, face the top ranked North Dakota State Jackrabbits. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Saluki Stadium.

Check out the SIU Homecoming page for a full listing of events.

Another beloved annual event happening this weekend is Makanda’s annual Vulturefest, which is celebrated the third weekend of October to mark the annual vulture migration. Vulturefest has grown in popularity over the years with two full days of live music on two stages along with over 50 artists, craft and food vendors. This is a great opportunity to check out Makanda’s local businesses and art galleries, while also enjoying the beautiful scenery the hills and bluffs have to offer this time of year.

Here is the live music line-up:

Saturday, October 19 Sunday, October 20
Pavilion
12PM: Moving Mary
2PM: Jenny Johnson
4PM: Hobo Knife
Pavilion
12PM: Cuttin Jessies
2PM: Swamp Tigers
4PM: Well Well Wells
Rainmaker’s Garden
1PM: Fiddle Rick
3PM: Barry Cloyd
5PM: RogNBob
Rainmaker’s Garden
1PM: Todd Pierson
3PM: New Arts Jazztet
5PM: Big Larry & Friends

There will be another homecoming of sorts on Friday, October 18 at Hangar 9 when Carbondale alum Spare Parts return to the Hangar. These guys started out back in the early 00’s as a side project of other bands (hence the name “Spare Parts”). In fact, at one point they had a standing gig as the Tuesday night band at the now (sadly) closed Booby’s. Now a tight three-piece, these talented musicians continue to crank out danceable funk infused jazz.

To make this show even more unmissable, the The Mike Dillon Band is headlining. Mike Dillon is no stranger to Carbondale, and has made several appearances here, usually at the old Hangar 9. His bands Billy Goat and Harry Apes BMX, visited Carbondale throughout the 90’s and 00’s. Since his earlier visits to Carbondale, he’s kept quite busy touring with bands such as Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade (Les Claypool!), Critters Buggin and Garage a Trois (Stanton Moore, Skerik, Marco Benevento, Charlie Hunter).

This guy is the real deal. If you haven’t seen what he can do on percussion and vibes you must check this show out. Plus his current lineup includes kick-ass trombone player/percussionist Carly Meyers. Expect a memorable performance unlike anything you’ve seen live in Carbondale in quite some time.

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