“Forgottonia, An Intimate Portrait of Rural Illinois” Presentation

Presented by Illinois Road Scholar Chris Vallillo.


Lock 16 Vintage Room


Don’t miss Chris Vallillo as he performs his new one man show, “Forgottonia,” featuring music he wrote over the last 35 years about Western Illinois based on his experiences as a folklorist and songwriter in rural Illinois. The show combines music, storytelling, and historically accurate narratives in a solo performance. Vallillo has spent the past 35 years documenting and preserving the heritage of Western Illinois: the land lovingly called Forgottonia.

Chris Vallillo is an award-winning rural singer/songwriter, folk musician and folklorist with a natural affinity for American roots music. A master of bottleneck slide guitar, he weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyle of the Midwest. In the mid 1980s he was involved in documenting the last of the “pre-radio” generation of rural musicians in Illinois.