ilshows.com was founded by renowned concert promoter, Cody Dunbar, a southern Illinois native with the intent to revitalize the live music scene for concert goers across the Heartland. “His passion for music developed at an early age,” his parents recall, with Cody “constantly playing Bruce Hornsby and The Range on repeat over and over.” Subsequently, Cody’s interest in music evolved from listening to playing during his high school years, at which point he started learning to play the piano by ear. A former three-sport standout athlete, Cody graduated from Herrin High School and attended college on a baseball scholarship. During his college years, he also attended dozens of concerts and developed a strong appreciation for both the live music itself and the production of the shows. After being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of TCU (Texas Christian University), Dunbar signed with an agent from the Beverly Hills Sports Council. Through his exposure to agencies and his tenure in professional baseball, he started to develop an awareness for business in relation to events. After an injury derailed his sports career, Cody returned to the southern Illinois region, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Currently, Cody is devoting his time to his efforts to bring talent to the Midwest. He remains committed to provide a plethora of genres of live music throughout the area and has vowed to arrange many more shows in the near future. He is passionate about his Faith, grateful for his family, and appreciative of his friends and patrons for their support of his business.