The Concert on the Quad series continues with Switchback on Monday, July 16. Come out and listen to a unique blend of American Roots and Celtic soul driven by an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass.

Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: “The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo.”

The 2018 Concerts on the Quad schedule includes:

  • July 23: Evening of Jazz: The BraziLionaires
  • July 30: Singing Under the Stars

All concerts begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public, and take place on the east side of Cook Hall (the Castle) on the Illinois State University Quad. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Concerts on the Quad series is presented by the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music and in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Pantagraph, and is sponsored by the Mirza Fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Fell Trust, the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant Program and Debbie and Terry Lindberg.