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Cheap Trick featured in new exhibit at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois native's Cheap Trick will be featured, along with other Illinois musicians, in a new exhibit in Springfield.

The next special exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the amazing musical history of Illinois by putting the spotlight on legends like rockers Cheap Trick, jazz great Miles Davis, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss and “king of soul” Sam Cooke.

“The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois” will feature one-of-a-kind artifacts that can be seen nowhere else, including:

  • Benny Goodman’s clarinet
  • Common’s suit from his 2015 Oscars performance.
  • Howlin’ Wolf’s harmonica
  • John Prine’s stage props
  • Dan Fogelberg’s guitar
  • An Earth, Wind & Fire stage costume

The exhibit also includes short films on different musical genres and a working studio where radio hosts are invited to broadcast their shows.

It is unknown how Cheap Trick will be featured in the exhibit. Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

“State of Sound” opens April 30 in the museum’s Illinois Gallery, a space used for highlighting Illinois history as part of the ALPLM’s role as the state historical library. It will run through Jan. 23, 2022.

Click here to learn more about the exhibit and buy tickets!

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