The following are artists alphabetically by “G.” 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.

Craig Gerdes
Sit with him for five minutes and you’ll know that Gerdes is a natural-born storyteller. Part of the burgeoning, modern, underground, outlaw, country music field, Craig Gerdes is makin’ tracks and on the move. Steeped in the white lines, black tar and diesel smoke of the American highway, Craig Gerdes—is raw and real, a document of a road-tested band fast on the rise. Ever since the central-Illinois songwriter released his lauded 2018 debut LP, Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’, he’s been on tour almost constantly, playing upwards of 150 shows per year, including opening slots and festival support for top country and Americana artists from Tyler Childers and Paul Cauthen to Jamey Johnson and Cody Jinks, as well as a lengthy run with hard-rocker-turned-country-star Aaron Lewis.
Click Here: Craig Gerdes On Heartland Connections
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Glory Days Garage Band
Always energetic & fun, GDGB is our resident cover band that plays Rock ‘n’ Roll and Pop released in the 1960’s. GDGB has played area weddings, birthdays and any other type of party! We also owe them our gratitude for playing fundraisers helping area charities and the local Levitt AMP Galva Music Series.
Band members are: Mike Berry (Guitar & Vocals), Tom Campbell (Guitar & Vocals), Chris Cinnamon (Drums), Bob McKee (Bass), Steve Martin (Guitar & Vocals)
Glory Days Garage Band at Heartland Connections

Good Morning Bedlam
Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free–to share in whatever they need to–joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!” Good Morning Bedlam released their sophomore album, Like Kings, in July of 2018. In June of 2019, GMB ended their first full touring year of two-hundred-plus shows by winning first place at the John Hartford Memorial Festival Band Competition.

Good Morning Bedlam at Heartland Connections
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