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Live Music Scene

Unique venues, local restaurants, outdoors and at special events and festivals, live music can be found all around Mt. Vernon!

The Granada Theatre

108 N 9th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 315-6100

Special events are often held inside the newly renovated lobby of The Granada Theatre and the adjoining Humphrey’s Bar. Call or visit The Granada Theatre Facebook page to discover upcoming live music events. Past events have included Throw Back Thursdays featuring a local restaurant and live local music. New Years Eve and Halloween bashes have also been held with a variety of live music and DJs.

Local Restaurants & Bars Depending on your preferred scene, listen to live music while fine dining, enjoying pub food, or at the bar.

RARE Chop House
224 S 10th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-7273

Sit back, relax in a fine dining environment, sip on your choice of international wines and enjoy local talented musicians. RARE often hosts live music around special weekends or holidays. Raised in Mt. Vernon and now playing shows in St. Louis; singer, songwriter, and musician, Alexander Ruwe often performs at RARE. Call to ask for their upcoming schedule of live music.


The Frosty Mug Bar & Grill
1113 Salem Rd, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-3372

Every Friday night, The Frosty Mug hosts “Friday Frosty Jamz” where local artists play live music from 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. Artists that often play include blues and classic rock musician, Michael Herzing and Alternative country and rock artist, Marshall Anderson. Visit the Frosty Mug Bar & Grill’s Facebook page for a full listing of events.


300 S 9th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 244-6450

Local pub with an outdoor beer garden, DeeBee’s holds several music events including open mic nights, karaoke, DJ, and live music. Other live artists that have played at Lowery’s include Alexander Ruwe and John Spicer.

Thursday Night Live! at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
2600 E Richview Rd, Mt Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-1236

Every Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts throws Thursday Night Live! The museum converts the back patio and lawn into a third space, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful southern Illinois summer and scenery. Live music from different local artists is provided every week from 5- 8 p.m. along with food concessions by local restaurants and catering, a cash bar, art programs, and activities. Admission is free!

Mt. Vernon Fall Festival

Downtown 9th Street
(618) 242-3151

Every year, on the last weekend of September, the blocks of 9th Street come alive with free entertainment, a kid’s zone, food trucks, vendors, a beer & wine tent, and more! Three days jam packed of activities that include rock, country, and blues artists. Friday and Saturday evening feature local openers and headliners. Sunday is Blues Day! Come for the music, stay for the parade, contests, food, activities, and more!