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TourBus Concert Series: Backyard Tire Fire

TourBus Concert Series: Backyard Tire Fire

Date & Time
Friday, February 2, 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Advance tickets are available for $20, and day-of tickets are $25
1200 Greenbriar Drive, Normal, IL, 61761
Join us in the Barrel Room at DESTIHL Brewery as we groove to the electrifying tunes of Backyard Tire Fire! Get ready for an amazing performance, complemented by the soulful sounds of special guest opener John Till. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Showtime 7:30 pm. Attendees must be 18+ to enter. 21+ to drink. Please have a valid ID ready. Advance tickets are available for $20, and day-of tickets are $25. Limited seating and standing room – grab your tickets now for an evening of fantastic music and great vibes!

The rebirth of Backyard Tire Fire springs forth with an undeniable burst of musical energy. The Midwestern guitar rock unit is back with “Black Dirt Blue Sky,” their first collection of new recordings in 10 years.

The music radiates a spirit of renewal, like a John Deere tractor turning over a patch of rich soil. And the musicians pack more passion into the material than a team of horses in their prime, eager to work. The recordings show how much bandmates Edward David Anderson, Matt Anderson, Scott Tipping and John Ganser are happy to play new songs together after a decade-long hiatus.

“These tunes and this lineup are by far the best this band has ever sounded,” lead vocalist and songwriter Edward David Anderson said.

“Black Dirt Blue Sky” is loaded with moments that coax smiles and recall good memories. “Carefree Kids” inspires nostalgia, while “Alejandro Escovedo” is both a wry ode to the mystery of dreams and a nod to the iconic rocker. The band’s experience touring the USA and recording a series of timeless alt-country records in the early aughts informs the present-day energy of tunes like “Little Wren” and the music shines with beauty and joy, like light at the end of a long tunnel.

“It’s a story of redemption and perseverance, of second chances,” Anderson said. “The pandemic even tried to foil it, but we wouldn’t have it. We hunkered down and put this beautiful recording together in home studios throughout Illinois and beyond.”



John” class=”redactor-autoparser-object”>… Till cultivates folk, blues & country from the farthest reaches of the Great Plains to the Appalachian foothills, down to the delta & back up to Chicago for a sound that’s equal parts pastoral & main street charm.

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Black Dirt Management presents DESTIHL’s live music, where every season is packed full of memorable musical moments. The Barrel Room primarily offers standing-room space. Unless tickets explicitly indicate “SEATED,” seating is not guaranteed. Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For ADA accommodations, kindly contact

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