The Nicodemus Agency works from arguably the most musically relevant college town, historically, in the Midwest: Champaign-Urbana, Ill. It may seem like an odd place to have an agency that books artists of national and international renown, but if you dig a little deeper, you will see why we stick around:
Polyvinyl Records is here, for starters. Bob Andrews runs his venerable Undertow Music from here as well. Our great friends at Goldberg Events have its offices here, and put on a buncha shows throughout the year, but most notably, the Summer Camp Music Festival. Parasol Records Umbrella makes its home in Urbana, and has a long history of putting out unbelievable albums, (even some of our own!) can be credited with being one of the first online retailers for new music, worldwide.
And what about bands? Well, Good Lord — we’ve produced our fair share: HUM, Braid, Poster Children who can be credited with having one of the first band “blogs” and Podcasts in the world, Menthol, The Moon Seven Times, Headlights, The Elvis Brothers, Jay Bennett, The Didjits, Dan Fogelberg, Head East, the Queen of modern Bluegrass Allison Krauss, and yes yes, it’s actually true — REO Speedwagon — which is simultaneously awesome and hysterical. For real. Main St. in downtown Champaign is even named REO Speedwagon Way.
There’s more too. The University of Illinois has always provided the community with a fertile breeding ground for really impressive artists and musicians, and as such, we’re here, and we’re staying. It’s easy to live here. And easy is what it’s all about.
So, we participate by curating the music festival that Seth founded in 2005: Pygmalion Music Festival.
We seriously love Champaign-Urbana.