Loading…

Happy Thanksgiving!

There’s always something going on at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa!

We hope that your family and friends enjoy a relaxing time together this Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, if you want to stretch your legs and work off some of that turkey dinner, we invite you to come to the First Street Community Center for “Small Business Saturday“.

We will have FREE live music inside the building performed by James Kennedy and Friends.  They will be playing an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, rock in the hallway in front of the Uptown Theatre with two sessions: 10:30-noon and 1:30 – 3pm.

In addition, we will be hosting the Home Business Expo.  This group of innovative home businesses will be on display in the First Street Community Center’s gymnasium from 9am – 4pm.

Of course, throughout the day all of your favorite “Old School Shops” will be open, some may even have special treats or deals!

So, if you like live music, a warm building to walk in during a cold Fall day, and lots of interesting shopping opportunities, or maybe you want to learn something about starting a home based business, come on out to the First Street Community Center this Saturday.

Live Music – Dave Moore – Americana and Folk

Eastern Iowa’s Dave Moore will be performing in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa this Saturday, November 18, @7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm).

He is a 2017 recipient of the Folk Tradition Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa and is a Red House recording artist.

Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become somewhat of a legend.

Local songwriter Greg Brown and Dave Moore both developed a national reputation in the early years of both Prairie Home Companion and the legendary Red House Records.

Greg Brown and Dave worked together on recording projects and extensive tours. Dave made many appearances on Garrison Keillor’s popular A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, including time as the show’s band leader.

In Iowa, Dave has been an Iowa Arts Council artist in residence in the schools. He has appeared on recordings by Garrison Keillor, Greg Brown, and many others.

His songs have been recorded by Lowen & Navarro, Larry Penn, Greg Brown, and even more others.

While Dave grew up in Cedar Rapids, lives now in Iowa City, his father lived in Mount Vernon.

TICKETS:
$15 General admission, $50 Patrons, $5 Students, available at the event or before via http://davemoore.bpt.me.

Questions?  Call: 518-576-9513.

Dave Moore on Facebook.  Dave Moore on Red House Records.

LilFest is a presenter of deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power.

Live Music – Meet Me In New Orleans – Eddie Piccard Jazz

Eddie Piccard and the Busch Brothers take to the Uptown Theatre stage on Friday, November 10th @ 7:30pm with their show “Meet Me In New Orleans”.

Jazz has been called “the truly American art form.” Growing out of the rhythms and cultures of New Orleans it has spread over the world, bringing joy to listeners on many continents, in many cities. And here in eastern Iowa we have our own jazz legend—Eddie Piccard. Eddie and his band will be performing in Mount Vernon on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Theater in the First Street Community Center. The program—Meet Me in New Orleans— will include many Dixieland favorites. Eddie has always loved Dixieland music. He started out on the trombone and became familiar with New Orleans jazz early in his career.

Eddie Piccard grew up in eastern Iowa, and began playing music on his grandmother’s piano. He left for larger venues in Chicago, Florida and on the west coast. But he came back to Iowa in the 1980s and has become a jazz icon in eastern Iowa since returning to his home state. Iowans remember fondly the jazz club Eddie and his wife Dallis opened on Mount Vernon Road in the 1990s. But Iowans weren’t the only ones to frequent Eddie’s place. Travelers from other states came to this club for the chic décor and the unforgettable nights of music. Jazz musicians stopped by, too, after finishing up a gig in the area. The club was forced to close because of road widening. Eddie now plays regularly all over eastern Iowa, as well as in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

Eddie and the musicians play hot traditional favorites, classic Dixieland, and cool Latin tunes. The group features Eddie on piano and vocals, Tim Crumley on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on bass. This year the group will be joined by the Busch Brothers, popular Dixieland instrumentalists from Wisconsin. “We all love playing in Mount Vernon,” Eddie says. “And this group always brings full energy to the stage.”

More Info

Rich Martin’s career began in college where he was a drummer and a vibist. He took an extended break from performing to teach at Cornell College. But the music called him back and he began sitting in with Eddie’s trio fifteen years ago, while still teaching. He is now a full-time member of the group.

Dave Richter comes from Dubuque to perform in Meet Me in New Orleans. He is well-known in northeast Iowa as an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and banjo player. He performs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area.

Tim Crumley performs frequently with the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, as well as a number of regional ensembles, including Ashanti, The Rusty Johnson Group, and the John Shultz Trio. Tim is a lyrical and sensitive drummer who is always engaged and engaging.

TICKETS:  $15 and can be purchased at Bauman’s Clothing Store.

Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup.

Live Music in November

Here’s our roundup of musical performances in the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre for the month of November 2017. 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.

Classic Country Music – Johnny Krob and The Playboys

Saturday, November 4th @7:30pm.

TICKETS: $10

picture of Johhny Krob

Johnny Krob and the Playboys will be performing favorite classic country music in the Uptown Theatre.  Bring your own pop-wine-beer and buy an Uptown Theatre cup for $5.00 to enjoy your beverage during the performance.


Eddie Piccard Jazz

Friday, November 10th, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

TICKETS:  $15

New Orleans comes to First Street: Eddie Piccard is back in Mount Vernon.  Jazz has been called “the truly American art form.” Growing out of the rhythms and cultures of New Orleans it has spread over the world, bringing joy to listeners on many continents, in many cities.

Here in eastern Iowa we have our own jazz legend—Eddie Piccard. Eddie and his band will be performing the program—Meet Me in New Orleans— will include many Dixieland favorites.

Eddie and the musicians play hot traditional favorites, classic Dixieland, and cool Latin tunes. The group features Eddie on piano and vocals, Tim Crumley on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on bass. This year the group will be joined by the Busch Brothers, popular Dixieland instrumentalists from Wisconsin. “We all love playing in Mount Vernon,” Eddie says. “And this group always brings full energy to the stage.”

Bring your own pop-wine-beer and buy an Uptown Theatre cup for $5.00 to enjoy your beverage during the performance.


Dave Moore – Americana and Folk

Saturday, November 18, @7:30pm.

TICKETS: $5 Students, $15 General admission, $50 Patrons – available at the event or via http://davemoore.bpt.me

2017 recipient of the Folk Tradition Midwest  Lifetime Achievement Award, Eastern Iowa’s Dave Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa and is a Red House recording artist.

Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become somewhat of a legend.

Local songwriter Greg Brown and Dave Moore both developed a national reputation in the early years of both Prairie Home Companion and the legendary Red House Records.

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.

(more info about this event)


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/