What are your favorite local/regional bands?

Madd Hoss Jackson is always a popular choice with country fans. They've been in Nashville putting the finishing touches on a new CD, but there will be opportunities to see them in our area throughout the summer. Madd Hoss will be opening for Tracy Lawrence at the Quincy Firefighter's Local 63 concert on June 22, and they'll be playing at Down by the River in Hannibal on August 9.

Highway 99 is another area band that country fans enjoy. They are a four-person group that plays all over the area. It's not uncommon to find them entertaining at one of our nearby wineries, bars and clubs. Highway 99 is also booked to appear at  New London Park Days.

Gabe Marshall will also be at New London Park Days. He's from Jacksonville, and in his career he's opened for acts like Easton Corbin and Colt Ford.  Marshall describes his music as "new age country with old country roots."

If you're going to the Tracy Lawrence concert at the Adams County Fairgrounds, arrive early to see Jerad Harness & Blackgrass. In addition, they'll be playing all across Illinois and Iowa throughout the summer. Check their website for an updated calendar of appearances.

Madison McKenzie is a singer/songwriter from Camp Point. Madison has performed at events throughout Illinois, Tennessee, and Florida. She opened for Sawyer Brown at the Tennessee State Fair in 2012, and will be releasing her debut album at the end of the month.

BigDeal plays country, along with classic rock and blues. They are four-piece band that plays songs "that are going to get you up to dance, and sing along with." Artists they enjoy include: CCR,Jason Aldean,Skynard,ZZ Top,Lady AnteBellum,Stevie Ray Vaughn,Johnny Cash,Merle Haggard,3 Doors Down,Van Halen,The Outfield,The Beatles,Gary Allan,Trick Pony,Pat Benatar and Trace Adkins.

Leaving Ashland is a band that plays in the Springfield area. They were recommended to us by one of our Facebook friends who saw them open for Chris Cagle. Check out their Blake Shelton cover below!

Exit 52 is a six-member party band from Jacksonville. According to their Facebook page, "Exit 52 was formed to be a band for everyone. We play a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. Great players and Great people = Great times for all."

Of course there are a ton of local bands that play a little of everything, not just country. We heard a terrific variety from Raised on Radio at the first Down by the River in Hannibal on May 10. Whichever local bands you're a fan of, we hope you have a chance to see them at some point during the summer. Happy concert season!