The following are artists alphabetically by “E.” We are slowly adding our over 200 alumni to this page. Below are several of the artists that have performed at one of our venues and come back from time to time.

Matt Eckberg
Matt Eckberg has been singing and playing in midwest bands since 1997. The Walnut, IL native currently performs as a solo artist and fronts Peoria-based acoustic rock act Pocket Mouse, but over the years you may have also seen him in Casual Man, Tru Dat, the Ron Eckberg Band, Stone Soup, and others. His set covers pop and rock favorites from the 60s to today, with special emphasis in the 80s and 90s – as well as a few fun original tunes. Matt’s first solo project of original songs titled “On Down the Road” was released in the Summer of 2019. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and other digital outlets!

Matt Eckberg at Heartland Connections

Aaron English
Nashville-based singer-songwriter/pianist Aaron English’s soul-searching songs are sophisticated, cinematic…and filled with echoes of his travels through Africa and the Middle East. His four self-released albums have drawn comparisons to Peter Gabriel, James Blunt, David Gray, Sting, Robert Plant and Paul Simon. In 2015, Aaron spent two months in East Africa, where he founded the International Youth Music Project, a charity that supports youth music programs at orphanages, refugee camps and HIV/AIDS+ community centers.
Aaron English-Spotify
Aaron English-Apple Music
Aaron English-Youtube