ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center is an internationally recognized, three-day event, deemed “one of the world’s most forward-thinking guitar festivals” by Fretboard Journal, that has emerged as a favorite destination for musicians and fans from around the world. Past ELLNORA festivals have featured artists such as Buddy Guy, Ani DiFranco, John Scofield, Jerry Douglas, Pepe Romero, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Derek Trucks, Richard Thompson, Kaki King, Andy Summers, The National, Mark Stewart, Valerie June, Los Lobos, and the North Mississippi Allstars, among many others.

ELLNORA 2017 is the seventh incarnation of the biennial festival, which began life as the Wall to Wall Guitar Festival in 2005 on the campus of the University of Illinois in the micro-urban community of Champaign-Urbana. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is North America’s premier university-based performing arts complex, presenting over 300 performances and events each year, specializing in diverse global artistry, classical music traditions, the incubation of new work, and performances by University of Illinois faculty and students. The nearly round-the-clock festival provides an unparalleled multi-genre experience being emulated by other festivals and features performances from a diverse lineup of distinguished music makers.

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6pm Opening Night Party

6:30pm James Jones Trio 

7:30pm Samantha Fish 

8:45pm Soulive

10:15pm Spontaneous Combustion with Kevin Breit and Special Guests



12pm Germán López

5pm Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

5:45pm Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

7pm Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter

7:15pm Sierra Hull

8:15pm Jontavious Willis/Ruthie Foster

9:30pm Lulo Reinhardt and Daniel Stelter

9:45pm Shovels & Rope

11pm The Bringing It All Back Home Project: Classic Bob Dylan featuring Jack Brighton and Friends



10am Recess Monkey

11am Rez Abbasi Quartet Cine-Concert: A Throw of Dice

12:30pm Alberta Khoury/Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

1:15pm Ryley Walker

2:15pm Makana

3pm Vicente Amigo

4:45pm Janis Ian

6pm Kevin Breit and the Upper York Mandolin Quartet

6:15pm Alberta Khoury 

7:30pm Jeff Tweedy

9pm Ryley Walker

9:15pm Ronnie Baker Brooks Band

10:45pm ELLNORA Last Call! featuring Andy Baylor and the 217 All-Stars

ELLNORA Guitar Festival would like to thank their hotel partners: Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Comfort Suites,Courtyard Inn & Suites, Illini Union, Eastland Suites, and Fairfield Inn & Suites

Are you familiar with our iconic Wooden Nickel discount program for Illinois Marathon? Good news! We are incorporating a discount program for this amazing festival, saving you some hard-earned cash while you're celebrating ELLNORA Guitar Festival! Stay tuned for more details. 

Tickets on Sale July 15th at 10am

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

500 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-6280 PHONE

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