Holiday Concert: Edwin Linson

Edwin Linson was a member of the popular doo-wop group Blend.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
$12 adv / $15 at the door
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6 p.m.

Edwin Linson of Carterville might be better known to Southern Illinois audiences as a member of the a cappella doo-wop group, Blend. After many successful years, Blend wrapped up its farewell tour in early 2018. 

Since then, Edwin’s solo career has taken him around the country. He returns to Southern Illinois for a concert at The Varsity on Sunday, Dec. 9. He’ll perform hits from artists such as Sam Cooke, The Platters, Al Green and Elvis Presley, as well as some Christmas music. Edwin’s soulful voice and youthful energy is sure to entertain and evoke wonderful memories. 

Come ring in the season with a mix of holiday music and classic hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s at The Varsity. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 at the door when doors open, or $12 in advance.

To hear a sample of Edwin’s new music, go to


Ivas John’s Blue Christmas

7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
$18 at Life Community Center/Plaza Records
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6

Join Ivas John and local musicians and performers for this annual holiday concert celebrating the music of Southern Illinois. 

Performers include The Ivas John Band with Tawl Paul, The Gordons, Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring, The Jewels, The Venturis, Free Range Chicks, Shadi Frick and others.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the Life Community Center (Sunset and Parrish Lane in Carbondale) and Plaza Records (816 E. Main St., Carbondale).

The concert is hosted by Carbondale Park District and sponsored by First Southern Bank. Call 618-549-4222 for more information.