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Live Music – Checker and the Bluetones – Classic Rock

Fighting evil through the use of 100% pure Blutonium. Checker and the Bluetones perform a variety of music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s — something to please everyone.  Raucous, fun music from Cedar Falls – horns and vocal! Can’t sit in your seat – makes you move!

COST:   $15.  Tickets can be purchased at the event, or before at Bauman’s clothing store uptown Mount Vernon.

WHEN: Saturday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Questions: (319) 558-9202.

The following YouTube video is via YouTube user bisonlinks:


The following is from their Facebook page:

Band Members

  • Michael “Checker” Michalicek (Keyboards/Vocals)
  • Jovita Long (Vocals)
  • John Thomson (Guitars/Vocals)
  • Tom Barry (Saxophones/Vocals)
  • Steve Mark (Drums)
  • Sandy Nordahl (Bass).

Hometown

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Record Label

Bluetonium Records

Live Music – Ellis Paul – The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down

LilFest Presents: “The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down: Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years on the Road”

Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi platinum act Aerosmith. Since launching from Boston, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.

The Boston Globe heralds him as a “songwriter’s songwriter” saying “no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters.” USA Today’s national feature on Ellis was titled, “Best Bet for Stardom” which has come true after years of non-stop touring. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as John Mayer, Bill Morrisey, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka early on and quickly progressed to headlining concerts and festivals.

WHEN: The show starts Friday, October 13th at 7:30 pm, doors open for seating at 7:15 pm.

COST: $20 General admission / $50 for Patrons / $5 for students.  You can purchase tickets in person or online.  To purchase tickets online click here.

Questions? Call (518) 576-9513.

The LilFest Series regularly presents folk and international concerts in intimate settings in the Eastern Iowa region. Past performers include Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, Claudia Nygaard, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Nathan Bell. LilFest (http://www.LilFest.org/ ) was originally developed in the Chicago area by Nancy Emrich Freeman, the now-resident of Mount Vernon continues a grand tradition of bringing the finest musicians to play in the places that are best for both the person onstage and the fan in the nearby seat.

http://www.ellispaul.com

Live Music in October

Here’s our roundup of musical performances in the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre for the month of October. Things are still “in the works” and we may get to add to this list, so keep an eye on our “Events” link on our website to keep up to date.

Click on the title of each act to learn more about their upcoming performance.

Silver Wings Reunion Concert

 We are sorry, this event has “Sold Out” 

October 7 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm.  $15

$15/person, Call Mike Smith @ (319) 361-8193 for tickets.Bring your own refreshments. The only requirement is that you use the tip-proof cup sold by the Community Center for $5 which is yours to take home and reuse at a later date.

Ellis Paul – The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down

October 13 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm.  $5 – $50

LilFest Presents: “The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down: Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years on the Road”

Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi platinum act Aerosmith. Since launching from Boston, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.

The Boston Globe heralds him as a “songwriter’s songwriter” saying “no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters.” USA Today’s national feature on Ellis was titled, “Best Bet for Stardom” which has come true after years of non-stop touring. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as John Mayer, Bill Morrisey, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka early on and quickly progressed to headlining concerts and festivals.

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Checker and the Blue Tones

October 14 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm.  $15

Fighting evil through the use of 100% pure Blutonium. Checker and the Bluetones perform a variety of music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s — something to please everyone. Tickets can be purchased at the event or before at Bauman’s clothing store uptown Mount Vernon.

Live Music – Lambert and Walz – Bluegrass, Americana and Folk

Two veteran Chicago bluegrass & blues pickers / singers from Special Consensus & Henhouse Prowlers touring now as a Power Duo!

Chris Walz is an Old Town School of Folk Music “Professor” and Eric Lambert is the recipient of the 2015 Entertainer of the Year Award in Chicago.

The show starts Saturday the 23rd at 7:30 pm with the doors open for seating at 7:15 pm.

COST: Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.  You can purchase tickets in person or online.  For Sponsor Tickets and to purchase regular tickets online click here.

Questions? Call (518) 576-9513.

MORE INFO:

Lambert and Walz, the MIDWESTERN-bred Americana songwriters, pickers, teachers, and storytellers will be featured in concert at the Uptown Theatre (Mount Vernon Community Center, 221 First Street NE, Mt. Vernon IA 52314) as part of the locally-produced LilFest Series on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

ERIC LAMBERT’s recent accolades include a 2015 Best Entertainer Chicago Music Award. A world-class flatpicking guitarist, sought-after educator, and outstanding performer from the Chicago area, Eric is an international-touring artist with a career spanning over 40 years. Lambert performs solo, as well as teamed up with other high-caliber musicians. A well-connected veteran, Eric knows the very best and plays with them routinely!.

CHRIS WALZ is a nationally acclaimed bluegrass multi-instrumentalist with a reverence for Americas musical story. Chris perfected his Scruggs-style banjo playing and guitar flatpicking at a young age as he studied all his musical heroes from Pete Seeger to Mississippi John Hurt to Woody Guthrie to Dave Van Ronk. Whether it is his lightning speed on the banjos fretboard, his hard hitting grooves on the guitar or his tender melodic touch on the mandolin, Chris playing dazzles. As an actor, his role as Woody Guthrie in a national tour of the show “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” kept him busy for many years before he began touring with Greg Cahills Special Consensus.

The LilFest Series regularly presents folk and international concerts in intimate settings in the Eastern Iowa region. Past performers include Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, Claudia Nygaard, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Nathan Bell. LilFest ( http://www.LilFest.org/ ) was originally developed in the Chicago area by Nancy Emrich Freeman, the now-resident of Mount Vernon continues a grand tradition of bringing the finest musicians to play in the places that are best for both the person onstage and the fan in the nearby seat.

Lambert & Walz will be available for phone interviews in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000. Further information about the individual performers and high-resolution photos are available via their websites:

Chris Walz: http://www.chriswalzmusic.com/teaching/
Eric Lambert: http://www.ericlambert.com/
Lambert & Walz: https://www.facebook.com/LambertandWalz/

Live Music – Mark Stuart – Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock

Mark Stuart is coming to the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  This extraordinary Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock musician will be playing guitar and singing songs with a soulful voice that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets:  $15.00, Students are offered a special price of $5.00.  Questions and optional reservations: 847-256-0000.  Tickets are available at the show and online before the show via this link.

picture of Mark Stuart

What’s your favorite flavor of backstage stories and tour bus adventures? What stories do you like to listen to? How about adventures with Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard or Joan Baez?

Flashy guitar “chops” and great story-telling are just the beginning of Mark Stuart’s Americana/Folk tour. His focus in recent years is touring solo, depending on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing. It’s hard to escape a great Nashville family name (Earle) but Mark Stuart’s rock, blues, country, and folk music roots are impeccable in their own right. And they make an exciting show!

One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.

The LilFest Series brings worldwide quality performances to intimate Iowa concert settings. Mark Stuart follows in the footsteps of other international performers like Nathan Bell, Phil Heywood, Malcolm Holcombe, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, James Lee Stanley, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings.

LilFest searches the world for deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

For more information about Mark Stuart, please see his website: www.MarkStuart.net

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Farmer’s Market Today and Live Music by Frances Luke Accord on Saturday

The Farmer’s Market Summer 2017 season starts today

Every Thursday from 4pm – 6pm on the First Street Community Center front lawn.

From their Facebook page:

Located in downtown Mt. Vernon, our market is a thriving little community of entrepreneurs. All our products are raised, produced, or created right here in the surrounding community by the person selling them on the other side of the table.

You will find some old friends as well as some new folks at market selling seasonal produce, plants, baked goods, honey, fresh eggs, locally raised pork and lamb, plus a whole slew of other things.

Beautiful vegetables, delicious artisan breads, jams and jellies. We have several different varieties of local, grass-fed meats as well as farm fresh eggs available. Gluten-free products and tasty treats are here, along with honey, shag-bark hickory nuts, walnuts and dry herbs. Hand-dipped chocolates, exquisite hats, scarves and baby items. Handcrafted jewelry is a must-see, perfect for gifts. Dried beans, fresh ground cornmeal, popcorn, and meat seasoning mixes!

If you have any questions, please contact Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market Managers: Danielle Martin or Laura Strabala at (319) 310-4145 or mtvernonfm@yahoo.com.


Frances Luke Accord in concert with Undlin & Wolfe this Saturday, May 6th @ 7:30pm

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Undlin & Wolfe are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

TICKETS
Are only $15 and can be purchased via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.


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Lots of Live Music – Bring Your Friends and Have a Great Time

We are thrilled to be having five great musical groups coming to perform in the next few weeks.

Live Music – Back for more Dixieland Jazz – Eddie Piccard Jazz with The Busch Brothers

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet.  Performing with them again will be the Busch Brothers.  The show will be April 29th from 7 pm – 9 pm in the Uptown Theatre.

Tickets
Can be bought at the performance, online via Facebook, or by calling (319) 895-8692.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

For more information check out this earlier News article.


Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk/Americana.  Also Performing – Undlin & Wolfe.

The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is proud to announce that the Uptown Theatre will be hosting live music performances by two great groups, Frances Luke Accord and Undlin & Wolfe on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

TICKETS
Are only $15 and can be purchased online via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Also performing are Undlin & Wolfe.   They are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

For more information check out this earlier News Article.


Live Music – The Fez – A Tribute to Steely Dan

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 7:30pm, the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre will host “The Fez” – A Steely Dan All Star Tribute band.

TICKETS
Are only $10 and can be purchased online via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.

The Fez is a 15-piece band composed of some of the finest musicians in Eastern Iowa dedicated to faithfully reproducing the jazz/rock fusion masterpieces of Steely Dan.  The Fez has risen in 6 yrs to become one of Eastern Iowa state most popular bands. With an all star line up of 15 amazing musicians – you will not be disappointed!

Featuring a 4-piece horn section, 3 backup singers, 2 keyboardists (including a genuine Rhodes 88), 2 guitarists, and one of the best rhythm sections around, The Fez captures the magic of Steely Dan’s glory days.

The band is comprised of veteran players from other notable bands, such as Public Property, OSG, Dr. Z’s Experiment, Jumbies, Insectoid, Saul Lubaroff Jazz Ensemble, Amanda Miller and the Super Secrets, We Funk, Big Funk Guarantee, various big bands, etc.

For more information look for an upcoming News Article posting soon!


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Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk/Americana

The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is proud to announce that we will be hosting live music performances by two great groups, Frances Luke Accord and Undlin & Wolfe on Saturday, May 6th 2017.

TICKETS
Are only $15 and can be purchased via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s approach to music has marked a boundless evolution.

In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir.

Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

“Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music.” – Joni Deutsch, NPR’s Mountain Stage

“Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldn’t recommend their debut LP, Fluke, highly enough.”- Darlingside

“While Simon & Garfunkel may be no longer touring, Powers and Gunty are more than talented enough to take their place.” –Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ


Also performing are Undlin & Wolfe.   They are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

“Earnest and intimate, sparse yet smart, and you can feel its ancestry in the odes to northern life, whether it’s the woods of the Midwest or the winds of Reykjavik”
Invoke Magazine

“Their stripped down folksy duo sound is gripping. There’s something just smart and evocative about the style.”
Ear To The Ground


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