Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

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The 2015 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Springfield including a parade, a car and motorcycle show, concerts at the Gillioz Theatre, and a “confab” of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66, who will be set up from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday August 15 and 16 at The Old Glass Place, 501 St. Louis Street.  They’ll have displays featuring information on their products and services.

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Aug 9, 2014
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Attending the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival was like stepping into a time warp. The nostalgic gala, featuring vintage cars, rockabilly concerts and a drive-in movie theater, celebrated Springfield’s historic role in Midwest culture.

If you didn’t get tickets to the sold out Birthplace of Route 66 show, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, at the Gillioz on August 9th, you can still see the concert—just not at the theatre.  The City of Springfield will present a live simulcast on a 16 X 30’ screen beginning at 7 pm at Park Central Square. 

The concert will also feature local musicians Powder Mill and Cindy Woolfe (wolf) and Mark Bilyeu (bill-OO).