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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/

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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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.

ClaudiaNygaard.com

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.

ChadElliott.net


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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Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk, Americana & More

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to announce that Frances Luke Accord will perform again at the Uptown Theater on Saturday, September 24th. Doors open for seating at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.

This Chicago-based duo will be joined by Ann Arbor folk/singer-songwriter Chris Dupont.

These dynamic performers will be presenting a family friendly “all ages” show.

Tickets: $10 advance/$13 at the door.
You can purchase tickets in advance online here.
You can also purchase tickets by contacting Mike Smith at Bauman’s or Trude Elliott at the First Street Community Center.

Artist websites:
Frances Luke Accord: http://franceslukeaccord.com
Chris Dupont: http://www.chrisdupontmusic.com

About The Artists:
Frances Luke Accord is an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and attentive songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, organic acoustics and buttery harmonies. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sips copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s multifaceted, genre-bending 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 newfound appreciation for world/folk music to the bustling urban epicenter of Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo has quickly garnered increasing local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Veronica (October 2014), and Live @ Strobe (April 2015).

Frances Luke Accord’s music can be described as dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Their melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their artist endorsement with Godin Guitars or recent $16,294 Kickstarter campaign to fund their debut full length album, Fluke (due out May 20th, 2016), Gunty and Powers’ compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.

What The Critics Are Saying:

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

Frances Luke Accord gave a stunning show. They are consummate musicians, with an endearingly charismatic stage presence. Their songwriting ranges from ethereal soundscapes to engaging pop folk, all performed with unerring, sensitive and expressive vocals. One never looks at the clock during their performance. In fact, time seemed to speed by with our audience crying out for not one but two encores! Like fine wine, this duo is only going to improve with age. Dont miss the chance to catch them on their rise up.
– Sandra Thompson & Sam Tuthill, Acorn Theater


About Chris Dupont:
A letter arrives in a handmade envelope…

I’ve been to hell and back again, it says. Thank you for inspiring me, and helping me achieve a sense of peace that years ago I thought would never happen.

Letters like these tend to find Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris DuPont. His ruminations on inner peace and personal growth infuse his newest album, Outlier.  Faced with the new challenge of becoming a father, DuPont bares his own difficulties with family and his own sense of belonging.

Full of his trademark vulnerability and candor, Outlier is a confession and an absolution in one.

With influences ranging from classic American songwriters like James Taylor and Tom Waits, to artists like Tycho and Philip Glass, DuPont’s sophomore effort has its roots in folk music, and its branches spreading wide across conventional genre divides. In Outlier, the classic eloquence of the 70s collides with a present-day catharsis; classic Americana themes become married to contemporary notions of self-care, and speaking your own truth. Throughout the whole work, DuPont’s focused baritone remains a constant, bringing a steadiness and reassuring cohesion in the midst of the albums at-times heavy themes.

Outlier wades deep into DuPont’s head. It is simultaneously loud, soft, angry, forgiving, danceable and upbeat, cinematic, sweeping, and immersive. His inimitable guitar style incorporates techniques from a wide array of disciplines, including body percussion, harmonics, and looping.

Chris is endorsed by Godin guitars.

Chris was a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2013, and has shared stages with a host of Midwest acts, as well as national acts Edwin McCain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius.


Here are some videos posted on YouTube of these talented performers:

Dan Bern Back in Concert Saturday, June 25th.

Dan Bern wearing a hoody and playing guitar

Once again the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center is thrilled to present Dan Bern in concert.

His Facebook profile states: “If you must put me in a box, make sure it’s a big box…”  You could try to label that big box as “Americana / Roots / Rock / Folk”, but, that would be missing quite a lot still.

Further in his Facebook profile he states:  “Dan Bern is best known for his prolific songwriting and electric live persona. He has released eighteen albums and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms.”

The Washington Post says:  “Dan Bern strums drop-dead gorgeous melodies like a demon with his tail on fire; and expresses his love for humankind through scabrous, literary, skeptical rhymes full of hyper articulation and the tormented self-knowledge of the really, really smart.”

NPR says: “With his acoustic guitar and a batch of witty and insightful songs, Dan Bern is rapidly becoming the voice of a new generation of folk music.”

When:  Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 pm.
Cost:  Tickets are $15. Tickets are on sale at CarePro Pharmacy & at the door.

BYOB with the Uptown Theatre cup – which can be re-used if you already have one, or purchased brand new at the Uptown Theatre for only $5.

You can learn more about Dan Bern at:

His Facebook page
His website

Here’s a couple of YouTube recordings to check out:


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Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk & More – Tuesday, May 10th

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to announce that Frances Luke Accord will headline the Uptown Theater on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:30pm.

NOTE: Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris Dupont will open the show.

picture of the musicians of the Frances Luke Accord

These dynamic performers will be presenting a family friendly “all ages” show.  YouTube videos of each group are at the end of this article for you to listen to and hear just how talented these musicians are.

Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show starting at 7:30pm.

Tickets: $10 advance/$13 at the door.
You can purchase tickets in advance online here

Artist websites:
Frances Luke Accord: http://franceslukeaccord.com
Chris Dupont: http://www.chrisdupontmusic.com

About The Artists:
Frances Luke Accord is an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and attentive songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, organic acoustics and buttery harmonies. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sips copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s multifaceted, genre-bending 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 Childrens Choir of Kkindu, Uganda; an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their newfound appreciation for world/folk music to the bustling urban epicenter of Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo has quickly garnered increasing local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Veronica (October 2014), and Live @ Strobe (April 2015).

Frances Luke Accord’s music can be described as dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Their melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their artist endorsement with Godin Guitars or recent $16,294 Kickstarter campaign to fund their debut full length album, Fluke (due out May 20th, 2016), Gunty and Powers’ compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.

What The Critics Are Saying:

‘While Simon & Garfunkel may be no longer touring, Powers and Gunty are more than talented enough to take their place.’

– Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ

Frances Luke Accord gave a stunning show. They are consummate musicians, with an endearingly charismatic stage presence. Their songwriting ranges from ethereal soundscapes to engaging pop folk, all performed with unerring, sensitive and expressive vocals.

One never looks at the clock during their performance. In fact, time seemed to speed by with our audience crying out for not one but two encores! Like fine wine, this duo is only going to improve with age. Dont miss the chance to catch them on their rise up.

– Sandra Thompson & Sam Tuthill, Acorn Theater


About Chris Dupont:
A letter arrives in a handmade envelope…

I’ve been to hell and back again, it says. Thank you for inspiring me, and helping me achieve a sense of peace that years ago I thought would never happen.

Letters like these tend to find Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris DuPont. His ruminations on inner peace and personal growth infuse his newest album, Outlier.  Faced with the new challenge of becoming a father, DuPont bares his own difficulties with family and his own sense of belonging.

Full of his trademark vulnerability and candor, Outlier is a confession and an absolution in one.

With influences ranging from classic American songwriters like James Taylor and Tom Waits, to artists like Tycho and Philip Glass, DuPont’s sophomore effort has its roots in folk music, and its branches spreading wide across conventional genre divides. In Outlier, the classic eloquence of the 70s collides with a present-day catharsis; classic Americana themes become married to contemporary notions of self-care, and speaking your own truth. Throughout the whole work, DuPont’s focused baritone remains a constant, bringing a steadiness and reassuring cohesion in the midst of the albums at-times heavy themes.

Outlier wades deep into DuPont’s head. It is simultaneously loud, soft, angry, forgiving, danceable and upbeat, cinematic, sweeping, and immersive. His inimitable guitar style incorporates techniques from a wide array of disciplines, including body percussion, harmonics, and looping.

Chris is endorsed by Godin guitars.

Chris was a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2013, and has shared stages with a host of Midwest acts, as well as national acts Edwin McCain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius.


Here are some videos posted on YouTube of these talented performers:


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Radoslav Lorkovic & T. Bruce Bowers presented by LilFest

Live at the First Street Community Center in the Uptown Theatre, LilFest presents:

Radoslav Lorkovic & T. Bruce Bowers Americana Folk Power Duo

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 8pm.
(Doors open at 7:45 pm)

Suggested Contribution is only $15!

This event is BYOB with purchase of an Uptown Theatre Cup, or bring an Uptown Theatre cup you already own (with the lid please).

“Music with a fiery kind of cool! Obsession and passion are concepts that Radoslav Lorković fully understands. But in his case, they’re often tangled up in a single instrument: the piano.”  – Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News

An Iowa City native, Radoslav Lorkovic’s keyboard talent has taken him to dizzy-ing heights.  His latest musical adventure is a duo with the like-Rad-ically talented T. Bruce Bowers, a multi-fiddlist from Northern Minnesota. This is a reprise of the 2014 Winterthur (tour).

At this concert you can expect an exciting night of music featuring many styles and genres:  blues, country, New Orleans, R & B, rock, and more!

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, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown,Richard ShindellEllis PaulRonny CoxDave MooreAndy 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.

facebook_event_736838013116872Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958, Lorković’s initial exposure to music can be attributed to two grandmothers. Antonija, his maternal Grandmother, sang to him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech. Classical music played in the home constantly due to the influence of his paternal grandmother Melita Lorković, an internationally renowned classical pianist.

Radoslav moved to the Iowa at age six. Lorković began touring at age 20 with 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. Lorković and Ramsey joined forces with Greg Brown adding musical authenticity to his deep Iowa Roots.

Lorković currently tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Folk FestivalWOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk FestivalMountain StagePrairie Home CompanioneTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas.

T Bruce Bowers was born in San Antonio, Texas, and has been playing professionally since 1968. Bowers has written over 20 film and television scores. Five of his scores have won awards, including “Beneath the North Atlantic,” which was nominated for an Emmy.

Bruce has performed with musicians of many different styles, including Taj Mahal, Queen Ida, the Dixie Dregs, Ed Bruce, Prudence Johnson, and Pat Donahue. Bruce is a founding member of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra. He was bandleader from 1988 to 1994, and has been active in the creation of the style and quality of the Blue Canvas Orchestra since the beginning.

Questions?  Call: 847-256-0000. For further information about this event, check out the Facebook event page.


Photo of LilFest - Bear LogoFor more information about LilFest or these performers:

http://www.LilFest.org
http://www.RadoslavLorkovic.com
http://www.TBruceBowers.com



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