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LilFest Presents – Suzie Vinnick – Roots and Blues Music

Performing April 12 @ 7:30 pm

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Serving up a set where it shows she’s a long way from getting jaded and losing her mojo, this girl most likely to…has more chops than the meat department at the Costco warehouse.  Blues, folk, rock?  She’s got a toe in all those waters and handles them all with the ease of wrapping them around her little finger.  A real blast of fresh air, this set hit’s the target every timeout.  Killer stuff throughout.
– Midwest Record

Tickets

$5 Student / $20 Gen. Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  Purchase tickets online: Suzie Vinnick Concert or buy tickets at the door.

Questions? Nancy at 518-576-9513 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com or check out www.LilFest.org

More About Suzie Vinnick

www.suzievinnick.com

General Information

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Audience members bring beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center Sippy Cup ($5)

Audience members are invited to reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

More About Lilfest

www.LilFest.org

Hop into Spring – Craft and Vendor Show – in the Gym

The first ever “Hop into Spring – Craft and Vendor Show” is Saturday, April 6th from 10am – 1pm inside the Gymnasium at the First Street Community Center.

Organized By

Angie Williams

Featuring

LILFEST PRESENTS: The Malvinas – a folk trio with a seriously original sound

Performing April 5 @ 7:30 pm

With roots all over North America The Malvina’s are a feminine and feminist FOLK trio with a seriously original sound. They are Gina Forsyth, Lisa Markley, and Beth Cahill. Each a solo artist, they play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo. They rock with killer harmonies and a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary and traditional compositions that have you coming back for more.

About their recent album “God Bless the Grass”

There is a distinct strength in women’s music and they tap into it brilliantly. Women with wide ranging influences…The Malvinas are serious and playful, often in the same song…The title cut “God Bless the Grass” was written by the trio’s namesake, Malvina Reynolds, in 1964. It is as poignant today as it was then with these lyrics: “God bless the truth that fights toward the sun.”  One of the most fully realized folk albums of the first half of the year.
– Mark Gallo

Tickets

$5 Student / $20 Gen. Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  Purchase tickets online: https://malvinas.bpt.me or buy tickets at the door.

Questions? Nancy at 518-576-9513 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com or check out www.LilFest.org

General Information

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Audience members bring beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center Sippy Cup ($5)

Audience members are invited to reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

Individual Malvinas members will be available for television or phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000. Further information is available via the website: www.TheMalvinas.com

ROOTS – A New Play Festival at the Uptown Theatre

Tonight @7:30, running from March 8th – 10th

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots. This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.

With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.

Each play is listed below with their cast.

Please come out and support your favorite local actors, writers and directors!

All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey
The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.
CAST:  Lisa Smith, Elijah Webster

Home by Eva Giacomo
Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.
CAST:  Jordan Ray Hogan, Kate Margheim

Past Tense by Barbara Lau
CAST:  Michelle Hinz

Some Surprise by Amy White
A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the 1920s … with Puppets
CAST:  Allyssa Jubeck, Maria McAlexander, Amy White

Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider
Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.
CAST:  Amanda Bishop, Nicole McAlexander

Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard
The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.
CAST:  Kaylynn Burgin, Jasper Rood, Elijah Webster

Weeding by Brian Tanner
Life Lessons in Gardening.
CAST:  Michelle Hinz, Jordan Ray Hogan, Jasper Rood, Boede Stoops, Steve Weiss

Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones
A father & son confront the past.
CAST:  Craig Jarvie, Tristan Maynard

This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman
A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.
CAST:  Kim Benesh, Bill Croghan, Grant Freeman, Braden JP Rood, Amy White

Memory by Chris Okishi
Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.
CAST:  Shauna Daub, Lisa Smith

Untitled Interview by Tony Craine
An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.


For more information please see their website:

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Radoslav Lorkovic – R&B, Folk, Tex-Mex, Zydeco & Much More

Live in concert February 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Radoslav Lorković  began touring at age 20 with Iowa City’s Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Lorković entered the band having mastered the styles of boogie-woogie greats such as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Freddie Slack etc.. Ramsey’s influence drove Lorković deeper to the core of the blues. The music of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter shifted Lorković’s focus to the basics as he began to draw from the styles of Otis Spann and Pinetop Perkins.

He also became a valuable sideman to the late blues great Odetta. Odetta, he says, stands alone. “She is by far the best musician I have ever played with. She taught me so much about music, not so much in words, but in gestures, directions, stares, even smiles, and all with her sense of grace.”

Later, Lorković and Ramsey joined forces with Greg Brown adding musical authenticity to his deep Iowa Roots. At this time Lorković was simultaneously brushing up on his classical heritage and looking south to the polyrhythmic sounds of Professor Longhair and James Booker. He had picked up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion as well.

In 1990 he made his solo recording debut.  Six CDs later, Lorković currently tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, WOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, Prairie Home Companion, eTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas.

Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in five critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, Dave Moore, Andy White, and Bo Ramsey.

His thirty year touring career has led him from the taverns of the upper Mississippi River to the castles of Italy, The Canary Islands, The Yup’ik villages of Alaska, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  His most recent solo concert in Mount Vernon was eight years ago.

Ticket Prices

$5 for students, General Admission $20, Sponsor $50.  Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://lorkovic.bpt.me

General Information About the Concert

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Bring your own beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center drink cup ($5).

Remember: You can reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

More About the Artist

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958, Lorković’s initial exposure to music can be attributed to two grandmothers. Antonija, his maternal Grandmother, sang him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech folk songs since birth. At age one he was reported to be singing back on pitch.

By age three he was putting on floor shows for his grandfather and friends who would respond by showering him with coins yelling “pivaj Radoslav pivaj!” During this time classical music played in the home constantly due to the influence of his paternal grandmother Melita Lorković, a internationally renown classical pianist. After this blend of central European musical influences Radoslav moved to the United States at age six. He had a foothold on a classical music career when at age fourteen he was sidetracked by a blues scale that a friend had taught him.

It’s hard to catch up with Lorković. Just in 2018 he performed on cruise ships filled with his fans, tours with Ronny Cox (Deliverance), Ellis Paul, Shawn Mullins and Chicago’s Radio Free Honduras. Indeed he is in great demand as a recording session musician, both in the US and abroad.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in critically acclaimed solo recordings and appearances. Since his 2018 record release in Europe, the accolades have been pouring in Italian, German, and Croatian!

Radoslav Lorković will be available for phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 518-576-9513.

More at: www.radoslavlorkovic.com

More About LilFest

Artists presented by LilFest previously have included: George Winston, Chad & Jeremy, Ellis Paul, Tim Grimm, Dave Moore, Jimmy Lafave, Jim Post, Michael Smith, Natalia Zukerman, Phil Heywood, Claudia Nygaard and well over 100 others.

Questions? 847-256-0000 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com
www.LilFest.org

Emmy Nominated Tim Grimm plays LilFest Jan 26 – You’re Invited!

Tim Grimm playing guitar

Welcome to another year of LilFest Concerts at the Uptown Theatre. Celebrate the opening of the 2019 Season with Tim Grimm on Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 7:15 PM.

Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

He released the album, Heart Land in 2000, and on the strength of that recording, was named 2000’s “Best Discovery in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times. His albums Coyotes Dream and Names, led to his being named “2004 Male Artist of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs.

He has released 10 solo albums since 2000 (including the newest- The Turning Point), and 2 collaborations- Amber Waves (with Jason Wilber) and Wilderness Plots.

Emmy-nominated Tim Grimm is a bit of a Renaissance man in the performing arts world. He has for the past 15 years, blended his love for songwriting, travel, rural life, and the storytelling of acting (theatre, film and television). His most recent recording- A Stranger in this Time (2017), is a collaboration with his wife Jan and sons Connor and Jackson — the “Family Band”. In the fall of 2016 this same group recorded the single – Woody’s Landlord — which was the #1 song on Folk Radio for the year.

Tim’s previous recording, The Turning Point, produced the #1 song on Folk Radio in 2014: King of the Folksingers. It was a particularly gratifying honor, given that the song is a tribute to Tim’s friend and musical icon, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Tim’s history with Ramblin’ Jack goes back 30 years– beginning with a bicycle ride that led to The Newport Folk Festival. Tim contributed liner notes to Jack’s Grammy winning album, The South Coast (1995). Jack recorded Buffalo Skinners with Tim on Tim’s album, Coyote’s Dream (2003), and, most recently, King of the Folksingers.

” The Turning Point is one of this year’s best (cds). Tim Grimm has a taste for melody and keen insight that few of his colleagues can boast. Along with greats like Greg Brown and John Gorka, Tim Grimm is in my opinion among the best singer-songwriters in the United States.”

–THE LONG JOURNEY- Roots and Country Music- ITALY

After college (Earlham), Grimm pursed an MFA in Theatre at The University of Michigan and from there worked in Regional Theatre, settling in Chicago. In Chicago, in addition to his theatre work, he studied briefly at the Old Town School of Folk Music and began writing songs and performing. He put together a band, Tim Grimm and The True Hearts and released 2 cds–True Heart, Kind Mind and Broken Down Palace. At which point, “Hollywood called”, and Tim put down his guitar and pen, and didn’t really pick them up for close to 10 years.

After several years (1990s) working in Los Angeles (where he co-starred for 2 seasons on the NBC drama Reasonable Doubts, worked on Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford, and appeared in several films and TV projects), Tim returned home to Indiana. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’. He now lives with his wife on 80 acres close to where he grew up.

In 2005, Grimm was asked to compose music and act in a production of The Grapes of Wrath at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage in New York. His song from the play–The Peoples Highway, made it onto his next album, The Back Fields, which was subsequently named Americana Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards– the world’s largest independent music awards.

In 2007, Grimm put together a concept cd with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriter’s— Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. The recording, Wilderness Plots, was drawn from the short stories of noted author, Scott Russell Sanders, and explored the settling of the American Wilderness in the Ohio River Valley Region between The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored Wilderness Plots– the first, a documentary on the story and song, and the second a full Wilderness Plots- In Concert (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, IN, both productions were nominated for EMMY Awards. Tim continued to write songs based on Sander’s writings and released the album, Wilderness Songs and Bad Man Ballads in 2011. The original cast of Wilderness Plots will reunite for a select few shows, and again be filmed by WTIU for PBS.

Ticket Prices

$5 for students, General Admission $20, Sponsor $50.  Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://timgrimmlilfest.brownpapertickets.com/

General Information About the Concert

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Bring your own beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center drink cup ($5).

Remember: You can reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

www.TimGrimm.com

MVLCT – Auditions for Roots – A New Play Festival

Auditions are coming up for MVLCT’s Roots: A New Play Festival. 

When: January 20 & 21 at 7:00 PM

Where:  Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center

What to bring:  Yourself!  All auditions will consist of cold reading and performing A/B scenes.

Show Dates: March 7,8,9, & 10

What is the Roots Festival? 

This year’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots.  This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.  With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.  A breakdown of plays and characters is listed below:


All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey 

The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Home by Eva Giacomo

Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Ping Pong by Barbara Lau

Gender and race come to the forefront when an adopted daughter learns about her heritage.

1 Male Actor

2 Female Actor


Some Surprise by Amy White

A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the1920s … with Puppets

1 Actor


Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider 

Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.

2 Female Actors

1 Male Actor


Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard

The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.

2 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Weeding by Brian Tanner

Life Lessons in Gardening.

3 Male Actors (all 12 years old)

2 Female Actors


Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones

A father & son confront the past.

2 Male Actors


This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman

A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.

2 Male Actors

3 Female Actors


Untitled Interview by Tony Craine 

An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.

I Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Memory by Chris Okishi 

Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.

2 Female Actors


Magical Night at First Street Community Center

The 28th annual Magical Night event will take place Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at several locations throughout Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Magical Night in Mount Vernon, Iowa is a celebration of holiday magic that begins on the lawn of the First Street Community Center, at 5 pm, Santa himself will be throwing the switch unveiling Mount Vernon’s holiday lights on the Fist Street Community Center’s historic one-of-a-kind building.

For the first time in the history of Magical Night, volunteers and City representatives have decided to close 1st Street to traffic to create a Holiday-inspired Ped Mall for the entire festival from 5 to 8 p.m

– From VisitMVL.com

There are dozens of special events throughout the area during this evening, you can check out the full list of activities here.

Activities We Are Hosting

@ 5pm – Help Santa light up the First Street Community Center

@ 6:30 & 7:15 pm at the First Street Community Center (221 1st St. NE): “Holiday Tidings” from Dance Arts Iowa @ Uptown Theatre

From 5pm – 8pm

  • Business Open House, visit local businesses, enjoy live music, snacks and begin your holiday shopping.
  • Get your magic reindeer food and visit with live reindeer on the lawn of the First Street Community Center sponsored by Hills Bank.
  • Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation, inside the Library at the First Street Community Center.
  • Arts Fest, “Dance on a Starry Night” presented by Mount Vernon elementary and high school art students inside the First Street Community Center gym.
  • Jackee Austerman Photography – Stop over for some fun Christmas photos!  Images are free and will be available on their Facebook page after the event!  She is also offering $5 light-up necklaces for you to wear as you stroll through town on Magical Night! You are sure to be feeling FESTIVE!! 🙂

Click on Jackee Austerman’s cool video short below:  (shared with Jackee’s permission)