P O Box 332, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62903, US

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.

Help Bring Movies Back To The Varsity

You asked and we listened! We're bringing movies back to The Varsity, but we need your help!

With contributions totaling $5,000 we'll be able to equip multiple theaters with the ability to screen films. We'll have the capacity to take on film festivals, rent theaters for private showings, and offer general admission screenings of some of your favorite films for only $5 a ticket.   We are reaching out the community to help us reach our goal.

We have set up a crowdfunding campaign through Generosity by IndieGoGo with multiple donor levels and incentives. CLICK HERE to donate, or call us at (618) 457-5353 for more info. 

Just Announced: An Evening with Rhonda Nelson & Wayne Nelson

Join Rhonda and Wayne for an intimate, interactive evening of stories and songs!
The event features Little River Band hits and holiday classics performed by LRB members Wayne Nelson, Greg Hind and Chris Marion. Rhonda will talk about life on the road and her new book, "A Different Life."

Friday, Dec 8, at 7 pm.
Doors and bar open at 6:15 pm.
Admission is $15
Advance tickets available HERE 

7th Annual BLUE Christmas

For the last six years, Ivas John's "Blue Christmas" concert has been a hallmark of the holiday season in Southern Illinois. Drawing from the region's best and brightest musical acts, the show has been featured on WSIU TV for the last three years running. 

The extraordinary lineup this year will include: The Swamp Tigers, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, The Jenny Johnson Band, The Gordons, Shadi Frick, Robbie Stokes, The Free Range Chicks, and more! 

Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm

Admission is $17

Advance tickets are available at:

The Life Community Center and Plaza Records in Carbondale 

Or call  (618) 549-4222   

Advance tickets for this event are not available online.

Doors and bar open at 6 pm

Coming soon at the varsity center:

Bill Chambers: Award Winning Australian Country Music Artist

One of Australia’s most popular country musicians and producers Bill Chambers makes a stop at The Varsity Center.  

His latest album, “Cold Trail” was nominated for a 2016 Australian Recording Industry Association Award for Best Country Album.

Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm

Admission is $12

Advance tickets are available online only at:

For more information on Bill Chambers visit: http://www.billchambersmusic.com/

Doors and bar open at 6:45 pm

Matt Campbell - Troubadour

Matt is an American troubadour, the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ernest Tubb. As a songwriter and performer, Campbell has considerable range. Part poet, part provocateur, he has a familiar and timeless presence.

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 pm

Admission is $10
Advance tickets are available online only at:

Learn more about Matt Campbell at:

Doors and bar open at 6:45 pm

A Child's Christmas in Wales

A classic Dylan Thomas holiday story will be brought to life in two performances in The Balcony. Performed by Kevin Purcell with music of a capella trip The Free-Range Chicks.

Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 pm
Sunday, Dec 17 at 2 pm

Admission is $15 General Admission and $5 Students and Children.
Advance tickets are available at:



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