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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

Live Music – Chuck Mitchell – 2018 LilFest Concert Series

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is happy to be hosting Chuck Mitchell as a part of the Spring/Summer 2018 LilFest Concert Series.

Chuck Mitchell can fill a stadium with his voice, his songs and the songs of many others!  Indeed he’s been doing just that since the heyday of folk music when he shared his last name with Roberta Joan Anderson Mitchell (better known as Joni).

When:  Saturday, March 24th, from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets are available at the door:

– General admission: $15
– VIP Seating: $50
– Student tickets are only available with a valid student ID at the door: $5

If you have concert questions or would like to become a VIP sponsor of one or more of our events please call (518) 576-9513.

Doors open at 7:15 pm.  BYOB -You can bring your own adult (or non-adult) beverages with the purchase of a First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre cup.

Click here to learn more about Chuck Mitchell, or you can check out his Facebook page.


MORE INFO:
Chuck Mitchell started singing in Detroit folk clubs and saloons in 1962. In Toronto, on his first out of town gig, he met a boney blonde songwriter named Joni Anderson, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They married, and as a duo Chuck and Joni Mitchell played the coffeehouse circuit and gin rummy, until she was 115,463 points ahead. They got divorced in 1968.

The folk clubs faded, and Mitchell moved on to college and arts council residencies. He lived in Coconut Grove, Santa Monica, and Greeley. In the eighties, he wandered back to the Heartland, and settled in a tall brick Keokuk house overlooking the Mississippi, built by a riverboat captain in 1879.

Mitchell’s credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theater in the US and the UK. He has played Harold Hill in The Music Man, Woody in Woody Guthrie’s American Song, and Stephen Foster in Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain. Oh, and Carl Sandburg.

His one man cabaret folk show combines his skills as an actor, singer and guitarist. He sings songs by Guy Clark, Fred Eaglesmith, B. J. Shaver, Michael Peter Smith, and Cheryl Wheeler, and cabaret songs by Brecht and Weil — “Mack the Knife” and “Bilbao” — and whimsical songs by Flanders & Swann — “The Gnu” and “The Hippopotamus”. He roves the room singing “Freeborn Man” by Ewan McColl. He weaves poetry by Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot and others into his shows.

Mr. Mitchell will be available for media interviews in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000.   Further information about Chuck Mitchell and high-resolution photos are also available by contacting Nancy Emrich Freeman.  On YouTube, enter “Chuck Mitchell Sings”.


LilFest Concert Series 2018The 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, The Sweet Potatoes, Claudia Nygaard, and Nathan Bell.

LilFest 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.

Live Music – Chuck Mitchell – 2018 LilFest Concert Series

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is happy to be hosting Chuck Mitchell as a part of the Spring/Summer 2018 LilFest Concert Series.

photo of Chuck Mitchell
Noel Brown – photo credit

Chuck Mitchell can fill a stadium with his voice, his songs and the songs of many others!  Indeed he’s been doing just that since the heyday of folk music when he shared his last name with Roberta Joan Anderson Mitchell (better known as Joni).

When:  Saturday, March 24th, from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets are available at the door:

– General admission: $15
– VIP Seating: $50
– Student tickets are only available with a valid student ID at the door: $5

If you have concert questions or would like to become a VIP sponsor of one or more of our events please call (518) 576-9513.

Doors open at 7:15 pm.  BYOB -You can bring your own adult (or non-adult) beverages with the purchase of a First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre cup.

Click here to learn more about Chuck Mitchell, or you can check out his Facebook page.


MORE INFO:

Chuck Mitchell started singing in Detroit folk clubs and saloons in 1962. In Toronto, on his first out of town gig, he met a boney blonde songwriter named Joni Anderson, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They married, and as a duo Chuck and Joni Mitchell played the coffeehouse circuit and gin rummy, until she was 115,463 points ahead. They got divorced in 1968.

The folk clubs faded, and Mitchell moved on to college and arts council residencies. He lived in Coconut Grove, Santa Monica, and Greeley. In the eighties, he wandered back to the Heartland, and settled in a tall brick Keokuk house overlooking the Mississippi, built by a riverboat captain in 1879.

Mitchell’s credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theater in the US and the UK. He has played Harold Hill in The Music Man, Woody in Woody Guthrie’s American Song, and Stephen Foster in Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain. Oh, and Carl Sandburg.

His one man cabaret folk show combines his skills as an actor, singer and guitarist. He sings songs by Guy Clark, Fred Eaglesmith, B. J. Shaver, Michael Peter Smith, and Cheryl Wheeler, and cabaret songs by Brecht and Weil — “Mack the Knife” and “Bilbao” — and whimsical songs by Flanders & Swann — “The Gnu” and “The Hippopotamus”. He roves the room singing “Freeborn Man” by Ewan McColl. He weaves poetry by Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot and others into his shows.

Mr. Mitchell will be available for media interviews in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000.   Further information about Chuck Mitchell and high-resolution photos are also available by contacting Nancy Emrich Freeman.  On YouTube, enter “Chuck Mitchell Sings”.


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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, The Sweet Potatoes, Claudia Nygaard, and Nathan Bell.

LilFest 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.

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 – 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 – Mark Stuart – Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock

What’s your favorite flavor of backstage stories and tour bus adventures? What stories do you like to listen to? How about adventures with Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard or Joan Baez?

Flashy guitar “chops” and great story-telling are just the beginning of Mark Stuart’s Americana/Folk tour. His focus in recent years is touring solo, depending on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing. It’s hard to escape a great Nashville family name (Earle) but Mark Stuart’s rock, blues, country, and folk music roots are impeccable in their own right. And they make an exciting show!

One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.

The LilFest Series brings worldwide quality performances to intimate Iowa concert settings. Mark Stuart follows in the footsteps of other international performers like Nathan Bell, Phil Heywood, Malcolm Holcombe, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, James Lee Stanley, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings.

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

WHEN:  Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM 

HOW MUCH: $15.00, Students are offered a special price of $5.00.  Questions and optional reservations: 847-256-0000.

TICKETS – At the show and before via this link

WEBSITE: www.MarkStuart.net

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Live Music – Mark Stuart – Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock

Mark Stuart is coming to the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  This extraordinary Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock musician will be playing guitar and singing songs with a soulful voice that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets:  $15.00, Students are offered a special price of $5.00.  Questions and optional reservations: 847-256-0000.  Tickets are available at the show and online before the show via this link.

picture of Mark Stuart

What’s your favorite flavor of backstage stories and tour bus adventures? What stories do you like to listen to? How about adventures with Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard or Joan Baez?

Flashy guitar “chops” and great story-telling are just the beginning of Mark Stuart’s Americana/Folk tour. His focus in recent years is touring solo, depending on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing. It’s hard to escape a great Nashville family name (Earle) but Mark Stuart’s rock, blues, country, and folk music roots are impeccable in their own right. And they make an exciting show!

One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.

The LilFest Series brings worldwide quality performances to intimate Iowa concert settings. Mark Stuart follows in the footsteps of other international performers like Nathan Bell, Phil Heywood, Malcolm Holcombe, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, James Lee Stanley, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings.

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

For more information about Mark Stuart, please see his website: www.MarkStuart.net

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

LilFest Spring Series in Mount Vernon, Iowa announces their February 11th concert:  Chad Elliott & Claudia Nygaard in a “Nashville Round”.

Claudia 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.

Chad 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.


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.

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.