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Live Music – FREE – Outdoor Concert – James Kennedy and Friends

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James Kennedy & Friends

THE DATE HAS CHANGED to Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, come and enjoy the outdoors with some live music from local favorites James Kennedy and Friends!

This is an instrumental group based in the Midwest. Fronted by versatile guitarist James Kennedy, they play a mix of classic hits, jazz/blues, Latin and original songs – using their instruments and years of training to bring the music to life.

The eclectic sounds of James on guitars, Catherine Lawson on the 5 string electric/acoustic violin, Matt Alles on electric bass and Eric Madison on percussion/drums creates an uncommon blend of tunes both familiar and unique at the same time.

Bring a lawn chair, a cool drink and some snacks, kick back and sit for a spell with us.


This event is sponsored in partnership by the MVAAC and Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

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Live Music – Phil Heywood – Fingerstyle Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter

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Phil Heywood

We are thrilled to have a live performance by award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Phil Heywood on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  The show starts at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 7:15 pm.

Phil Heywood plays fingerstyle guitar with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it takes to turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Leadbelly, and the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke.

The internationally renowned Kottke handpicked Mr. Heywood to tour and perform duets with him. A soul-satisfying instrumentalist, Phil Heywood draws listeners in with his voice as well, singing in a warm, plainspoken baritone that blends smoothly with his rock-solid guitar work.

Recently Dave Moore and Phil Heywood have been sharing stages, trading songs and embroidering rich instrumental accompaniment on each other’s songs and melodies.

While born and bred in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Mr. Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-eighties, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world.

In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up a year later by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition.

Phil has played on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with guitar legend Chet Atkins, performed with fellow acoustic guitar luminaries Peter Lang, Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dakota Dave Hull, and opened shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, Chris Smither, and John Hammond.

Phil Heywood has recorded six CDs: Some Summer Day (1990), Local Joe (1996), Circle Tour (2000), Banks of the River (2003), You Got To Move (2008), and Rollin’ On (2014). What one inspired critic wrote of Local Joe applies equally to each of Phil’s CDs: “Acoustic guitar fans should consider this recording a must have…  Heywood gives us all something to enjoy for a long time.” (Music Reviews Quarterly)

Mr. Heywood will be available for phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000.


Tickets

Advance tickets can be purchased locally at Bauman’s and Helios, or online via Brown Paper Tickets.

Bauman’s of Mount Vernon is located at 124 1st Street SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.  You can call them for info and to reserve tickets at (319) 895-8692.

Helios Stitches ‘n Stuff  is located at 221 1st Street NE, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.  You can call them for info and to reserve tickets at (319) 512-3323.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

COST:  $5 Students / $20 General Admission / $50 VIP Seating


This will be an intimate concert in a relaxed setting.  Bring your own beverages into the theatre with the purchase of a reusable Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup ($5).

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

Questions?  Call or text (847) 256-0000 or send email to: 3bearscottage@gmail.com

For more information see these websites:
www.LilFest.org          www.PhilHeywood.com

Elliott’s Fitness – Cardio Kickboxing and Circuit Class

The first 30 minutes of class are Cardio Kick – a full body workout with Karate-type kicks for the lower body coupled with Boxing punches for the upper body.  No boxing/kicking bags are used.

The second 30 minutes are Circuit Training – timed stations for strength and endurance.

We will incorporate equipment which promotes total body resistance exercise including TRX bands, trampoline, hula hoop, boxing bag and jump rope.

Where:
Inside the First Street building in Studio C, which is downstairs on our lowest level (under the gymnasium). It is easy to get there via the North parking lot, which is next to the football field and press box.  The Northwest entrance door at that level will be unlocked.

When:  This six week session starts June 4th, classes are on Mondays from 8:30 – 9:30 am, Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:30 – 9:30 am.

Cost:  Classes are held over the course of a six week session.  Attending classes once a week is $60.00; twice a week is just $80.00; and three times a week is only $90.00.   You can also can use a punch card at $100.00 for 10 sessions and come at times that are convenient for you.


NOTES:

  • You can drop in, get a punch card or sign up for a 6 week session.
  • Inquire about possible child care options for Monday and Friday classes

For more information, contact: Devon at devonmcd@hotmail.com or Melissa at makorfist@yahoo.com.

Auditions for Julius Caesar – the Mississippi Delta version – @7pm, May 20th and 21st

What do voodooism, prohibition, boxing, and plenty of blues music have in common? Come on down to Mount Vernon and find out with this summer’s production of Julius Caesar. Set in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1931, this new take on an old classic blends Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Queen’s spiritualism with the Chicago Mob’s mentality to create a production unlike any you’ve seen before.

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tells the tale of power and corruption at the hands of supposed leaders. As Julius Caesar prepares to take the throne, a group of conspirators plot to overthrow this potential dictator in order to preserve the Republic. As the show progresses the limits of power, the strength of brotherhood, and the quest for vengeance are all tested.

Show dates will (tentatively) be July 19-22 and July 26 – 29

Character Breakdown

Marcus Brutus – A soldier and statesman of Rome. Brutus is widely regarded as a man of honesty and virtue. He is the smartest man in the room and chooses what he feels is best for the citizens of Rome over his own love of Caesar.
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Male

Cassius – A passionate learned leader. She is the leader of the rebellion against Caesar. She works to convince Brutus to act against Caesar and for Rome. She has a deep love and affection of Brutus
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Female

Mark Antony – A politician and playboy, Antony understands the power of words and wields them with the same accuracy as a sword. Antony is acts as the right hand of Caesar with fast sweeping vengeance.
Age: 20s – Early 30s
Gender: All

Julius Caesar – An ambition driven leader who seeks death over cowardice. He is driven by ego, grandeur, and arrogance.
Age: 30 – 60
Gender: Male

Casca – A member of the inner circle of Conspirators. An outspoken and sometimes sour man.
Age: All
Gender: All

Cinna – A member of the inner circle of Conspirators. Doubles as the Military leader Titinius. Smart and devilish.
Age: All
Gender: All

Calpurnia – Wife of Caesar; a woman consumed by amulets and potions. Extremely superstitious.
Age: Same age as Caesar
Gender: Female

Portia – The honorable wife of Brutus. She capable of toughness and courage. Movement and vocal Experience Needed.
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Female

Soothsayer – A voodoo witch in the style of Marie Laveau or Papa Midnight. Movement experience and vocal experience needed. Dance experience welcomed.
Age: All
Gender: All

Lucius – Brutus’ loyal servant. Must be able to sing and possibly play a stringed instrument
Age: High School
Gender: All

Ensemble – Conspirators, Tribunes, Citizens, Senators, Singers, Dancers
Age: All
Gender: All

NOTE:
All actors other than Brutus, Cassius, Mark Antony, and Julius Caesar will play multiple roles.

Live Music and Historic Presentations on Saturday

Saturday at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is going to be a busy day!

Starting the day off we have the Smithsonian’s Home Town Teams exhibit opening at 10am in our Gymnasium.  The exhibit is FREE to the public and includes stories and memorabilia from the local region including Mount Vernon and Lisbon.


Also at 10am, we will have a special presentation in our Uptown Theatre – Remembering 6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk.  

The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa.

To commemorate and reflect on this uniquely Iowan sport, the Iowa Women’s Archives and Sport Studies faculty in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa have collaborated to create a touring exhibition that tells the story of 6-on-6 basketball in Iowa and the girls and women that played it.

In conjunction with the Remembering 6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk the Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives will be collecting girls’ and women’s sport histories in Iowa.  Please stop by to tell your stories, ask questions about donating historical materials, or to donate documents, photographs, or other items related to 6-on-6 basketball or other sporting experiences.

Established in 1992, the Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives collects and makes available historical materials that tell the stories of Iowa women from all walks of life.


We end the night with a lively performance by returning acoustic artists known as Frances Luke Accord.  The show starts at 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.

TICKETS are only $15.

They have a new video that shows off their talents:

Hometown Teams Special Events This Weekend

This Saturday, April 14th 2018, we will be have two very special presentations in our Uptown Theatre as a part of the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibit.

NOTE: The Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit is on display free to the public and fills our gymnasium.


“A Wrestling Life,” Talk and Book Signing by Dan Gable – April 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Wrestling legend Dan Gable will talk about the sport and his life, followed by a book-signing. His latest book, “A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable,” will be available for purchase.

Gable is a retired Olympic wrestler and coach best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles between 1976-1997.


Playing to Win – Kids and Sports – April 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Cornell College professors of kinesiology Steve DeVries and Kristi Meyer will discuss origins and social factors that have influenced the growth of youth sports in the USA, how we have gotten to where we are now, and some current trends and issues.

Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Folk and Americana

Performing Saturday, April 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

TICKETS are only $15.

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

Live Music – Chuck McDermott – Americana

An intimate evening with Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame singer and acclaimed songwriter Chuck McDermott. Paste Magazine says “his music is simply pure art”.

Chuck McDermott is best-known nationally for his touring, recording, and collaborations with former Kingston Trio guitarist and vocalist John Stewart, the writer of “Daydream Believer,” “Gold,” and “Armstrong.”

McDermott is also fondly remembered for the popular (and pioneering) successful 70’s Americana band Wheatstraw. His songwriting has won high praise from the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and No Depression.

He will be performing as a solo artist as part of the LilFest Concert Series in the Uptown Theater at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 7:15.

McDermott is performing select dates again across the USA after taking decades off to raise his family. His most recent album, “Gin & Rosewater,” was released in 2017, and has received praise from Stephen Stills and Rosanne Cash.

The LilFest Concert Series regularly presents folk and international concerts in intimate settings in Iowa. Past performers include Ellis Paul, Gina Forsyth, Jim Post, Dave Moore, and The Sweet Potatoes among others.

Cost:  General admission tickets are available for $15 through Brown Paper Tickets: http://chuckmcdermottiowa.bpt.me .

For more information about Chuck McDermott, visit his website: http://www.chuckmcdermott.com/

To see some videos from the new album:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVG0N53U8DrNNk9VwCpjBdw

And for additional audio:
https://soundcloud.com/chuck-mcdermott-563523792