Great Places To See Local Talent in Peoria, Illinois


The old saying goes, if it plays in Peoria, it will play anywhere. This is definitely true. We have had some great musical talent come from our town including folk singer Dan Fogelberg, country and gospel singer Cristy Lane, Gary Richrath (lead guitarist for REO Speedwagon), and metal group Mudvayne. If you're looking to take in some great local talent, here is where you'll want to go.

Martini's On Water Street
This is Peoria's original Martini bar, located on the riverfront. They offer an extensive list of martini's (over 100 to be exact) and offer a local favorite, Butch's Pizza. Martini's offers live music six nights a week.

Crusens On War
Locals have been going to this bar for almost over 30 years. It is a hot spot for good food, drinks, great service and local entertainment. Of their two locations, this one is the best.

Kelleher's Irish Pub
This pub is located in a beautifully restored building with great Irish decor. They offer a full menu and the bar offers various selections on tap, bottle, liquor, wine and specialty drinks. Local bands are featured on the weekends.

Limelight Eventplex
The Limelight is unique in that they host both local and national talent. In general, it is an all ages venue except for noted shows. They offer a massive stage, concert and light system, a close front-of-stage area and a VIP loft. It is standing room only. They don't offer food but they do offer a full-service bar. The Limelight is a premier concert location in the area.

Keps Sports Bar & Grill
Twenty-five minutes from Peoria is Keps Sports Bar & Grill in Washington Illinois. They offer a full menu, drinks and entertainment on the weekends.

Whether you want to sit back, relax and have a bite to eat or party on your feet, there are many great venues in our area to see the latest and greatest local talent.

Carrie Lowrance is a freelance writer and author. She has been published on Huffington Post, She Is Fierce, The Frugal Farmer, etc. She has also published two books of poetry, one children's book and she writes her own personal finance blog.