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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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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 7pm-9pm in the Uptown Theatre.

The performance is going to focus on the sounds of Dixieland jazz and is entitled “The Music of New Orleans & All That Jazz.”

TICKETS
Can be bought at the performance, online via Facebook, or by calling (319) 895-8692.  

Eddie Piccard Jazz plays hot traditional favorites and cool Shearing melodies, as well as warm Latin tunes.  Eddie will be on piano and vocals, Craig Dove on bass, Jon Wilson on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on guitar.

For the Dixieland part of the program they will be joined by the Busch Boys–Marty on trombone, Larry on trumpet, and Luke on clarinet.

The “Busch Boys”  are very happy to join the Eddie Piccard Quintet for this evening of music.  Larry Busch is a veteran of the Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and the Al Pierson Orchestras.  He has been leading his own big band for many years and is currently the leader of the Dixieland Allstars.  Trombonist Marty has toured with Al Cobine, Johnny Mathis, Dick Jurgens, The American Vintage Orchestra, and the Larry Busch Big Band. Luke  has played with the Dixieland Allstars, the Mad City Funk, and his own SKA band.

“We really like playing for the audience at the Community Center,” Eddie said. “And this group will have a swinging, toe-tapping sound that people will really enjoy.”

NOTE: 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.


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Live Music – Highway 151 Band – April 1st, 2017

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Highway 151 Band – 2016

Please join us for a night of live music by the Highway 151 Band performing April 1st at 7:30pm in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

About the Band

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Hwy 151 Band are from the Eastern Iowa area.

They are a group of musicians who have played in numerous bands throughout the area including Stormwatch, Top Side, Westwinds, The Naked Gypsies and the Stompers.

Their three part harmonies are a highlight of their musical sound.  Their instrumentation includes acoustic and bass guitar, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.

They cover several decades of music; songs like “Groovin” by The Young Rascals, Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance”, “Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, and the classic “At Last” by the great Etta James.  They also play our originals like “Got to Be Kind” and “I’ve Got the Change” both written by Dan Hanlon.

Their website is: http://hwy151band.com/


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Live Music – Chad Elliott and Claudia Nygaard – LilFest Music Series

LilFest kicks off their Spring Series in Mount Vernon, Iowa with their February 11th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm concert with Chad Elliott & Claudia Nygaard in a “Nashville Round”.

picture of Claudia NygaardClaudia Nygaard:

A California native living in Nashville, Tennessee, Claudia Nygaard is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Claudia has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and was chosen one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York.

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Picture of Chad ElliottChad Elliott:

Chad Elliott, of Coon Rapids, Iowa, joins Claudia in a an exciting “Nashville Round Show.” Chad Elliott’s soulful, foot-stomping stagecraft has great artistic and lyrical substance. His laid-back storytelling and his skillful fingerpicking help to weave his well-crafted songs together. His Americana song-style and extraordinary voice puts him on the road for 200 performances a year; often with greats like Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey.

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Both performers are back in Mount Vernon by popular demand after 2 or 3 previous Mount Vernon/Lisbon LilFest performances each. Both have big voices with Nashville polish, energetic guitar playing, sweet, strong & sassy stories & songwriting, Americana perspectives.

HOW MUCH:  Suggested contribution of $15.00.  Sponsor Seats available for @ $50 each and ensure center front section seating if received before the performance.

Updated 2/9/17 – Tickets can be purchased online and in person at the performance.

BYOB: Drinks in the theatre are allowed if inside a covered Uptown Theatre travel cup.  You can purchase a new one at the performance, or bring a clean one from home.

TICKET QUESTIONS: Nancy Emrich Freeman, 847-256-0000

For further information, additional high-res photographs, interview arrangements: ChadElliott.net, ClaudiaNygaard.com or call Nancy Emrich Freeman above.


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The LilFest Series brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting.

These two artists follow in the footsteps of other international performers like Nathan Bell, Phil Heywood, Malcolm Holcombe, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings.

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


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MVAAC Winter Fundraiser – Tony Brown and Dan Johnson

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The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council’s (MVAAC’s) Winter Fundraiser performance will be Saturday, January 21st @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Performing will be Tony Brown and Dan Johnson.

The event will start with a reception with wine and cheese at 6:30pm, with music beginning at 7:30pm.  In addition, Tony Brown will have paintings on display as well.

As with many events at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa this is a BYOB event with Uptown Theatre travel cups available to purchase – or bring yours from home.

Break out of your igloo and bring your friends to this fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council.

The suggested donation is $15.

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is a community organization that exists to increase the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and practice of the arts within our community.

See the MVAAC.org website or their Facebook page for more information.


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Home for the Holidays – A Christmas Cabaret with Amy Stoner

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is proud to be hosting a wonderful musical performer, Amy Stoner on Friday, December 9th @ 7:30pm.

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We invite you to join cabaret chanteuse Amy Friedl Stoner for an evening of holiday music and laughter.

Mixing traditional Christmas songs with contemporary holiday tunes, Amy and her band will remind you of your favorite songs and introduce you to new ones.

For the performance in the Uptown Theatre this evening Amy is thrilled to be joined by Cameron Sullenberger, Luke Viertel, John Hall & Tim Crumley.

The Uptown Theatre with it’s intimate layout almost erases the separation of stage and audience to let you really feel the performance and not just watch it from a distance.

Get your tickets early before this popular event sells out!

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Eddie Piccard – Music of New Orleans and All That Jazz

Eddie Piccard will once again be serving up “All That Jazz” at the First Street Community Center on Saturday November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet

For each Mount Vernon appearance Eddie offers a special highlight, and this year’s performance will offer Music of New Orleans.

“My first instrument was a trombone,” Piccard said. “And one of my heroes is the Texas trombone player, Jack Teagarden. It is always a kick to play piano with Dixie groups. The contrapuntal effects of group improvisation add excitement to the music.”

The first part of this year’s program will feature the Eddie Piccard Quintet. This group plays hot traditional favorites and cool Shearing melodies, as well as warm Latin tunes. Eddie will be on piano and vocals, Craig Dove on bass, Jon Wilson on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on guitar.

For the Dixieland part of the program the quintet will be joined by the Busch Brothers – Marty on trombone, Larry on trumpet, and Luke on clarinet.

“We really like playing for the audience at the Community Center,” Eddie said. “And this group will have a swinging, toe-tapping sound that people will really enjoy.”

Eddie Piccard grew up in eastern Iowa, and began playing music at an early age. 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. People still talk about the jazz club he and his wife Dallis opened on Mount Vernon Road in the 1990s. Patrons remember a sophisticated spot that offered unforgettable nights of music. Eddie now plays regularly in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, as well as in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Bauman’s Clothing Store or at the performance.  You can call (319) 895-8692 for more information.

As with most performances at the First Street Community Center, patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup.


Performers

Eddie Piccard has been a professional musician and a jazz artist since he left college. Before coming home to Cedar Rapids, he had extensive experience in the jazz world playing in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and San Francisco, sometimes opposite such musicians as George Shearing and Ramsey Lewis. As Piccard fans know, Eddie both plays and sings in a wide variety of styles.

Jon Wilson, talented musician and percussion educator, has performed and recorded with many original bands including Jake Kaligis and Driver. A much sought-after drummer since moving to Cedar Rapids in 2000, he has continued to work in several musical genres and plays regularly with Eddie Piccard.

Craig Dove plays piano, upright and electric bass, guitar and is an accomplished vocalist. He has performed throughout the U.S. and in London. He has recorded solo and with a variety of musicians. Craig is also the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Rich Martin got his first taste of jazz as a boy hearing Gene Krupa in Sing, Sing, Sing.  He grew up surrounded by music and was able to see some of the greatest performers of the time, who remain his idols. Rich has been known to levitate when a tune starts to swing.

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

Larry Busch is a veteran of the Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and the Al Pierson Orchestras.  He has been leading his own big band for many years and is currently the leader of the Dixieland Allstars.

Marty Busch, a trombonist, has toured with Al Cobine, Johnny Mathis, Dick Jurgens, The American Vintage Orchestra, and the Larry Busch Big Band.

Luke  Busch has played with the Dixieland Allstars, the Mad City Funk, and his own SKA band.


This concert is made possible by:
Burke Investments – Fred Burke

And the following investors in the arts:

  • Jerry Kaalberg
  • Bauman and Company
  • David Osterberg
  • Kay Johansen
  • Steward Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services
  • Neal’s Water Conditioning Services, Inc.
  • Cornell College
  • Koppenhaver & Associates, PC
  • Central Appraisal-Andy Wolfe
  • Iowa Physical Therapy PC
  • The Sun Newspaper

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