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Taylor Steele December 9th

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Taylor Steele will be bringing her sultry, bluesy sound to Willow Ridge!  Come help us welcome Taylor and hear her truly amazing voice.  

Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and relax.  This is one talent you don’t want to miss!


Noah Williams :: December 16th

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Noah Williams:: 2-5pm

Noah is a guitarist and vocalist for the band William Marsala that performed at this years Blues Festival. Noah will be here Friday night entertaining you with his solo act .He will be playing a variety of music!

No cover charge



Dakota Danielle December 30th

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Live music with Dakota Danielle Sunday. December 30th from 2:00-5:00.

The Teotopolis, Illinois native is taking Nashville by storm after completing a degree in Commercial Songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University. Grinding to make a name for herself, Dakota’s unparalleled work ethic is evident with her regular appearances at Music City’s hottest venues.

Influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Chris Stapleton and Aretha Franklin, the 25-year-old singer songwriter will bring a fresh twist to country music. With a guitar in one hand and a pen in the other, her goal is to inspire and heal fans through her deeply personal, yet charismatic music.

Willow Ridge Open Mic Night

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SATURDAY, November 3rd 6:00-8:00

Come on out for our first open mic night here at the winery! We are excited to hear some new local talent and give them the opportunity to be featured at Willow Ridge. Musicians interested in booking a spot can call the winery or just show up!

Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

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Felix and Fingers is a dueling pianos company that thrives on audience participation. The high energy all request show will grab the crowd’s attention, meanwhile the comedy and interactive elements are designed to keep the audience engaged.

The show is inherently flexible. Any age group or demographic can find something relatable in a dueling pianos show. Felix and Fingers has entertained family-friendly festival audiences, bars packed with 20-somethings, retirement communities, and everything between. And whether we are entertaining ten people or a lawn of thousands, the show adapts to the audience.

Dinner will be included in the ticket price and will be provided by Deb’s Catering.

Tickets are $45.00 each and can be purchased by calling the winery at 217-738-2323

29 Junction Debut at Willow Ridge

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29 Junction Makes their debut at Willow Ridge November 10th from 6-8 pm! Mark your calendars! We play a variety of music that everyone will enjoy!

Matt & Brian

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Music with Matt & Brian :: 2:00-5:00pm

Music duo Brian Hunter and Matt Smegal will be back with us on Sunday, November 11th from 2:00-5:00 to perform acoustic covers of modern and classic country, 80s pop and hair bands, and current hits.

Bring your friends and some snacks for a fun evening of great tunes! We’ll have the wine!

No cover charge.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater :: A Few Good Murders

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 6:30 p.m.

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! Jack Nicholson bites the dust in the midst of a military trial for murder!

Our dinner theater events are a riot and will have you laughing all evening! Reservations are required and will be taken until one week prior to the show. Reservations can be made by calling 217-738-2323. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Seats have been known to sell out quickly so call us as soon as possible!

Tickets are $45 each and include a three course dinner and the performance. There are 8 seats per table but you are free to purchase as many or as few tickets as you need. If you make a reservation for a group of friends you will automatically be seated together; if members of your party make separate reservations, be sure to tell us you’d like to be seated with your friends.

Social time begins at 6:30pm and the dinner begins at 7pm with a plated salad. The first act begins as soon as the first course is complete. A buffet style dinner is served after the first act, giving you time to restock the wine at your table too! A plated dessert will be served near the end of the show.

The performances are created and performed by Upstage Productions, which has been producing interactive comedy murder mysteries since 1989, Upstage’s shows are a perfect blend of witty improvisation and legitimate mystery. They perform at a variety of locations all over the United States with a strong following wherever they perform, and have been doing shows at Willow Ridge Winery for over three years. Some of their fans have been to over fifty of their performances across the country! Don’t miss this terrific evening of comedy, mystery, and murder at Willow Ridge Winery!

Live music with The Hood Family Band

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th 2:00-5:00
Please join us for a fun afternoon at the Winery with The Hood Family Band!
The Hood Family Band is comprised of Jim, Penny, and Jennifer Hood. Their sets include a well-rounded mix of folk-rock, bluegrass, and traditional country covers, as well as original music. Their music highlights tight, family harmonies accompanied by delicate instrumentation.
Bring your friends and your favorite snacks! As usual, no cover charge.

Customer Appreciation Day

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th 2:00-5:00

Please join us on Saturday, November 24th as we gather to celebrate all of our amazing customers! There will be complimentary appetizers, drawings for prizes and live music with Mary Jo Curry, Michael Rapier, and Joe Asselin from 2:00-5:00! We look forward to celebrating with all of you!