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october, 2020

fri30oct7:00 pm10:00 pmChicago Farmer7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Mackinaw Valley Winery, 33633 State Route 9 Event Organized By: Mackinaw Valley Winery Event Type :Music Cost: 10 Social Distancing Enforced: Yes Face Mask Required: When social distancing can't be maintained


(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Mackinaw Valley Winery

33633 State Route 9

Social Distancing Enforced


Face Mask Required

When social distancing can’t be maintained

Event Details

We are very excited to welcome Chicago Farmer, a “Central Illinois” native to the vineyard from the neighboring town of Delavan. His acoustic show and story telling folk style connects with his audience whether in Chicago or down home in Central Illinois. “I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.
This son of a small-town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small-town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.
He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard – many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12-hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”
Cody listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city – to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold.
“You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. Each track captures a moment in time, whether for a person or a particular place. Imagine if a John Steinbeck short story had been written as a song, and this will give you a fairly good idea as to what Chicago Farmer accomplishes on his albums.”— HONEST TUNE
Cody will share his original songs and songs from Flyover Country, released in February 2020, his sixth full-length studio album. This album comes on the heels of his double-disc live release, Quarter Past Tonight, and the new one signals a turning point for Diekhoff as a performer and artist.
$10 pp band cover and kids 12 and under free. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve seating for an additional fee of $5 pp. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates for sale. Concert is planned RAIN OR SHINE.




Mackinaw Valley Winery309-359-9463 33633 State Route 9, Mackinaw, IL

Mackinaw Valley Winery33633 State Route 9