Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:25 A.M.






Aileeah Colgan will be opening for the Lee Greenwood Concert on Thursday, December 10th. Moving from state to state as a child, Aileeah Colgan discovered early that her roots weren't planted in any one particular place, but in music. As the daughter of a carpenter and preacher, and her mother, a former gospel singer, she found her voice through the music her family would sing together while traveling from church to church. Living throughout the South and Midwest United States, she was inspired by the different genres popular in each region.  A passionate songwriter, she loves to create relatable and vivid stories with her music. Aileeah's view of music is that it's not only catchy tunes or enjoyable beats, but it can be a time capsule to your life, lyrics can hold memories and take you back to a moment in time. A fan of all styles of music, she eventually discovered her true sound was in country. Channeling country music's greats; Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Johnny & June Carter Cash, she hopes her music can be the helping hand to encourage someone through a trial or just sassy lyrics to give you a smile.


Lee Greenwood’s Christmas Concert will be in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Thursday December 10th at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and tickets can be purchased through the day of the show. Tickets are $30 and $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Helping A Hero.


Lee Greenwood is an icon in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit.  With seven #1 singles, 25 additional charted singles and a variety of country music industry awards under his belt, there is no denying his influence.  Greenwood’s song “God Bless The USA” has been widely voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.  Lee Greenwood’s Christmas concert can help set the mood for an evening of holiday entertainment that is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.  The show includes a decorative holiday set and performances of many classic holiday songs and carols that have become favorites of generations young and old.


Helping A Hero is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2006 that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Their principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with local builders, developers, communities and the veterans. Helping A Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families.



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About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats.  As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities.  SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.  To learn more, visit

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