Past Event

Forgottonia, An Intimate Portrait of Rural Illinois

A Road Scholar Program by Chris Vallillo

Forgottonia Highway signIn this presentation, Chris Vallillo 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. Vallillo has spent the past 35 years documenting and preserving the heritage of Western Illinois: the land lovingly called Forgottonia.

The show combines music, storytelling, and historically accurate narratives in a solo performance. Along with the performance, Vallillo will speak to the history and backstories of songs that document, reflect, and validate rural lives, reinforcing these communities’ sense of commitment and worth.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Kari Woolsey at

Carbondale Community Arts, Incorporated COVID-19 Policy

We follow local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. We have masks available for any attendee who needs one.

Learn more about Chris Vallillo, this program, and how to book it.