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The Make Music Normal event returned to Uptown on Sept. 10 and 11 with five stages and over 36 bands, singers and musicians. 

The Make Music Normal event brought music and entertainment to the streets of Uptown Normal on Sept. 10 and 11.

The event featured over 36 bands and solo performances, and food and drink from a variety of vendors. Performances ranged in genre from rap to country to jazz, and everything in between.

Performances were spread across five stages. Locations included the plaza, Uptown Circle and just outside of the Normal Theatre on North Street.

Make Music Normal returned this year after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

Attendees appreciated the return to in-person concerts.

“You appreciate [concerts] more now,” Illinois State University junior graphic design major Steven Neighbors said. “Last year you just noticed something was missing. It’s nice to have it back.”

Neighbors said his favorite act was Darius, a Bloomington native rapper.

Darius sang with V8 Vast Change with backup vocals by Adie Mendez. They played songs from Darius’ first album “Left Alone” and his new album “DAV”, a collaboration with V8.

The performers also appreciated being back to live shows.

“[It’s] something you miss a lot. It’s very cool to see people’s reactions,” Quinn Wilson, stand-in drummer for Glenn Wilson and Friends, said. “The crowd was very responsive, appreciative and more full than previous years.”

Other performers included Alabama Getaway, a Birmington Grateful Dead tribute band.

An open mic and karaoke stage was also open to the public at the Uptown Lounge.

Local businesses such as Maggie Miley’s, The Garlic Press and Medici provided street vendors to sell food and drinks. Other vendors included ice cream and food trucks.

Make Music Normal also livestreamed Friday night’s performances on the North Street and WGLT Broadway stages to the web for listeners at home. 

SEAN MORRISON is a News and Features Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at sgmorr1@ilstu.edu. Follow Morrison on Twitter at @ seanmorr122

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