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Live Music – Malcom Holcombe – LilFest Fall Music Series

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is pleased to be hosting the “real deal” North Carolina backwoods picker and songwriter Malcom Holcombe.

“It is Malcolm’s perception of the world that make his songs hit you like a gunpowder blast. His gruff and tough delivery is a primordial power full of grit, spit and anthropomorphic expression,”

– Ray Kennedy

Ray Kennedy is a Nashville 5-time GRAMMY award winning producer of Art Garfunkel, Lucinda Williams, Taylor Swift, Buddy Guy, Greg Brown, Joan Baez and Steve Earle, to pick a few names from his star-studded studio.

Ray continues:  “Malcolm Holcombe is fiercely striking every time you encounter him on or off stage. You just get sucked into his extraordinary world of the twisting of words and wisdom that come from a bottomless well. The melodies and fierce rhythms wrap his narrative into an event where you find yourself at his unique musical carnival. Then suddenly he slays you with a sweet love ballad…”

Trends come and go. What is real is the ground beneath our feet, the sky above us, the struggle to earn a living. These are Malcolm Holcombe’s timeless subjects and the spin he puts on them makes our journey here more bearable.

“… and that’s a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing Holcombe sing. If you’ve not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned.”

– Craig Havighurst, Nashville

Here is a couple of videos from his YouTube Channel:

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting. These artists follow in the footsteps of performers like Nathan Bell, Chad Elliott, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings. Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

BYOB with purchase of Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup.

HOW MUCH:   Suggested contribution for the Concert $20.00.  Subscription Sponsorships for the series, @ $100 each ensure center front section seating.
TICKET/SPONSORSHIP QUESTIONS: Nancy Emrich Freeman, 847-256-0000

For further information, additional photographs, interview arrangements: http://www.MalcolmHolcombe.com or mail to: Nancy@LilFest.com

Live Music – Malcom Holcombe – LilFest Fall Music Series

Saturday, October 22, from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is pleased to be hosting the “real deal” North Carolina backwoods picker and songwriter Malcom Holcombe.

picture of Malcom Holcombe

It is Malcolm’s perception of the world that make his songs hit you like a gunpowder blast. His gruff and tough delivery is a primordial power full of grit, spit and anthropomorphic expression.  — Ray Kennedy

Ray Kennedy is a Nashville 5-time GRAMMY award winning producer of Art Garfunkel, Lucinda Williams, Taylor Swift, Buddy Guy, Greg Brown, Joan Baez and Steve Earle, to pick a few names from his star-studded studio.

Ray continues:  “Malcolm Holcombe is fiercely striking every time you encounter him on or off stage. You just get sucked into his extraordinary world of the twisting of words and wisdom that come from a bottomless well. The melodies and fierce rhythms wrap his narrative into an event where you find yourself at his unique musical carnival. Then suddenly he slays you with a sweet love ballad…”

Trends come and go. What is real is the ground beneath our feet, the sky above us, the struggle to earn a living. These are Malcolm Holcombe’s timeless subjects and the spin he puts on them makes our journey here more bearable.

… and that’s a pretty good nod to the effect of hearing Holcombe sing. If you’ve not seen him in a live setting, this is what you have to do. His presence is spooky and timeless, as one imagines it was like to see Son House or Leadbelly. No emotional stone is left unturned.  — Craig Havighurst, Nashville

Here is a couple of videos from his YouTube Channel:

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting. These artists follow in the footsteps of performers like Nathan Bell, Chad Elliott, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings. Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

BYOB with purchase of Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup.

HOW MUCH:   Suggested contribution for the Concert $20.00.
Subscription Sponsorships for the series, @ $100 each ensure center front section seating.

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

For further information, additional photographs, interview arrangements: http://www.MalcolmHolcombe.com or mail to: Nancy@LilFest.com


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LilFest’s Fall Music Series – Jim Post’s “Mark Twain and the Laughing River”

jim-post-as-mark-twain

The Uptown Theatre in The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is pleased to be hosting award-winning singer/songwriter/actor/historian/musician & Mark Twain interpreter, Jim Post as he performs “Mark Twain and the Laughing River” on October 8th @ 7:30 pm.

The LilFest Fall Music Series premiers its first music and theatre show.  Inspired by the little-known fact that Mark Twain sang tenor; played banjo, guitar and piano; and loved to show off at parties, Jim Post created an exceptional musical experience about Twain’s childhood.

In Mark Twain & the Laughing River, the wit and wisdom of American humorist Mark Twain comes alive as Jim blends his skills as a storyteller, actor, historian and musician to take you through Twain’s youth to his early writing career right up to the point of his first big successes. Twain’s humor takes you from dialogue to song, from stories to historical fact, from laughter to nostalgia. Post has written very effective and melodic folk songs that punctuate the stores, truly communicating Twain’s greatness.

A performer of many stripes, Jim Post wrote and performed the pop duo Friend & Lover’s “Reach Out of the Darkness” which became a Top Ten hit in the summer of 1968. During the ‘70’s and ‘80’s he was a solo songwriter performing at places like in Chicago’s Earl of Old Town and in the great festivals around the midwest and into Canada. He produced the record album Gathering at the Earl of Old Town, which included the first recording of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans,” later performed by Arlo Guthrie and many others.

Show Details

A winner of The American Library Association Award.

“Mark Twain and the Laughing River is nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem.” (Smithsonian Institution)

“Jim Post is one man tour de force – part musical, part drama and thoroughly entertaining.” (Washington Post)

Note: BYOB with purchase of Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup

Cost: Suggested contribution for the Concert $20.00.  Subscription Sponsorships for the series, @ $100 each ensure center front section seating.
TICKET/SPONSORSHIP QUESTIONS: Nancy Emrich Freeman, 847-256-0000

For further information, additional photographs, interview arrangements:  www.JimPost.com or mail to: Nancy@LilFest.com

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting. These artists follow in the footsteps of performers like Nathan Bell, Chad Elliott, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings. Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.


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Live Music – Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings – LilFest Fall Music Series

AWARD-WINNING AUSTRALIAN SINGER/SONGWRITERS Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings PERFORMING at LILFEST FALL SERIES IN MOUNT VERNON, IOWA

WORLD ALT-COUNTRY MUSIC OPENS THE 2016-7 LILFEST CONCERT SERIES IN MOUNT VERNON. Lucie Thorne,  lauded for writing “some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (-The Age),  has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. With eleven releases to her name – including her latest LP Everything Sings Tonight – and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career. After being awarded Best Roots Album of 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald; and having a song selected for inclusion on a Universal Records international compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead, her album LOVE OVER GOLD, with Pieta Brown, brought more world attention to the Iowa music community.

A lot can happen in twelve years. Some relationships grow weary and worn, but for the Adelaide, Australia duo The Yearlings (Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson), passing time has only distilled their unique brand of Australian alt. country, steeped in Americana traditions.  After spending the past four years sharing their brooding ballads, rolling roots and haunting harmonies with local and international audiences, The Yearlings have returned to the US with their fifth studio album, ALL THE WANDERING, a ten-song collection which showcases their quiet evolution.  Dark and sparse, yet full to the brim with imagery and atmosphere, the CD was recorded to 2-inch tape on a vintage Studer 24-track tape machine; its soul every bit as old as the machinery on which it was captured. Evocative stories of country, travel, love and longing are cradled by the subtle, yet substantial grooves of bassist Harry Brus (Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes) and drummer BJ Barker (Kasey Chambers). There is more diesel in the tank, but The Yearlings’ trademark fragility and spaciousness remains, masterfully captured by iconic Mick Wordley.

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting.  These artists follow in the footsteps of performers like Nathan Bell, Chad Elliott, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, & The Sweet Potatoes.  Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

WHY:            Lucie Thorne – “exquisitely impressionistic… poetry in motion” –Rolling Stone

“There is a quiet, contemplative beauty to Thorne’s music. Strong, precise visual images… her rich but never overworked lyrics crackle with poetic intensity. With simplicity and clarity Thorne’s music and words cut through [and] she hits that sweet spot” – Courier Mail

The Yearlings – “One of the best roots rock records I’ve heard from Australia, or anywhere, this year.” –Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

“Brooding, country folk. Chalklen’s voice can haunt you for days.”- The Sydney Morning Herald

“The Yearlings express the lyrical truth of storylines about real life that poetically tug at the heartstrings.”

                        – Jimmy Little

 

WHERE:      LilFest Series at the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center

221 First Street NE, Mt. Vernon, IA, 52314. Parking on street and in adjoining lot.

 

WHEN:         SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 7:30 PM  BYOB with purchase of Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup

 

HOW MUCH:         Suggested contribution for the Opening Concert $20.00.  Subscription Sponsorships for the series, @ $100 each ensure center front section seating if received by September 10.

 

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


For further information, additional high-res photographs, interview arrangements: http://luciethorne.com & http://www.theyearlings.net or mail to: Nancy@LilFest.com

★Nancy Emrich Freeman★

Board member and President, Friends of the Webster Institute, Adler Planetarium
https://www.facebook.com/webster.Institute/
Conference Co-Director, Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM)
October 27 – 30, 2016 Iowa City, IA  www.FARMfolk.org
www.LilFest.com  https://www.facebook.com/SchmaltzMusic/
847-256-0000

Live Music – Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings – LilFest Fall Music Series

Lucie Thorne and The Yearlings

AWARD-WINNING AUSTRALIAN SINGER/SONGWRITERS Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings PERFORMING at LILFEST FALL SERIES IN MOUNT VERNON, IOWA on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 7:30 PM

WORLD ALT-COUNTRY MUSIC OPENS THE 2016-7 LILFEST CONCERT SERIES IN MOUNT VERNON. Lucie Thorne,  lauded for writing “some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (-The Age),  has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. With eleven releases to her name – including her latest LP Everything Sings Tonight – and a prodigious touring schedule, Lucie continues to carve out an extraordinary creative career. After being awarded Best Roots Album of 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald; and having a song selected for inclusion on a Universal Records international compilation alongside Leonard Cohen and Radiohead, her album LOVE OVER GOLD, with Pieta Brown, brought more world attention to the Iowa music community.

A lot can happen in twelve years. Some relationships grow weary and worn, but for the Adelaide, Australia duo The Yearlings (Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson), passing time has only distilled their unique brand of Australian alt. country, steeped in Americana traditions.  After spending the past four years sharing their brooding ballads, rolling roots and haunting harmonies with local and international audiences, The Yearlings have returned to the US with their fifth studio album, ALL THE WANDERING, a ten-song collection which showcases their quiet evolution.  Dark and sparse, yet full to the brim with imagery and atmosphere, the CD was recorded to 2-inch tape on a vintage Studer 24-track tape machine; its soul every bit as old as the machinery on which it was captured. Evocative stories of country, travel, love and longing are cradled by the subtle, yet substantial grooves of bassist Harry Brus (Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes) and drummer BJ Barker (Kasey Chambers). There is more diesel in the tank, but The Yearlings’ trademark fragility and spaciousness remains, masterfully captured by iconic Mick Wordley.

The LilFest Series at Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center brings worldwide quality performances to an intimate concert setting.  These artists follow in the footsteps of performers like Nathan Bell, Chad Elliott, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, & The Sweet Potatoes.  Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

WHY:            Lucie Thorne – “exquisitely impressionistic… poetry in motion” –Rolling Stone

“There is a quiet, contemplative beauty to Thorne’s music. Strong, precise visual images… her rich but never overworked lyrics crackle with poetic intensity. With simplicity and clarity Thorne’s music and words cut through [and] she hits that sweet spot” – Courier Mail

The Yearlings – “One of the best roots rock records I’ve heard from Australia, or anywhere, this year.” –Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

“Brooding, country folk. Chalklen’s voice can haunt you for days.”- The Sydney Morning Herald

“The Yearlings express the lyrical truth of storylines about real life that poetically tug at the heartstrings.”

                        – Jimmy Little

WHERE:      LilFest Series at the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center

221 First Street NE, Mt. Vernon, IA, 52314. Parking on street and in adjoining lot.

WHEN:         SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 7:30 PM  BYOB with purchase of Uptown Theatre Sippy Cup

HOW MUCH:         Suggested contribution for the Opening Concert $20.00.  Subscription Sponsorships for the series, @ $100 each ensure center front section seating if received by September 10.

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


For further information, additional high-res photographs, interview arrangements: http://luciethorne.com & http://www.theyearlings.net or mail to: Nancy@LilFest.com

★Nancy Emrich Freeman★

Board member and President, Friends of the Webster Institute, Adler Planetarium
https://www.facebook.com/webster.Institute/
Conference Co-Director, Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM)
October 27 – 30, 2016 Iowa City, IA  www.FARMfolk.org
www.LilFest.com  https://www.facebook.com/SchmaltzMusic/
847-256-0000


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From Minneapolis: Mount Vernon’s Own Phil Heywood

graphic image of the LilFest MV-L Music Series

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is proud to host Phil Heywood performing as a part of the LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Picture of musician Phil HeywoodMount Vernon’s Phil Heywood is a winner – both of the National Fingerpicking Championship & then of the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition!

A veteran of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with guitar legend Chet Atkins, Phil performs with peer acoustic guitar luminaries Peter Lang, Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dakota Dave Hull.

He also opens shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, Chris Smither, and John Hammond.

He has recorded six CDs. For one of his recordings he received the following endorsement:

Acoustic guitar fans should consider this recording a must have….Heywood gives us all something to enjoy for a long time. (Music Reviews Quarterly)


The LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series artists include: Nathan Bell with Barefoot Wonder, Chad Elliott, Claudia Nygaard, The Sweet Potatoes, Eric Taylor and Phil Heywood.

Created by Nancy Emrich Freeman, LilFest has been bringing world-class touring performers to Mount Vernon-Lisbon since 2011.   Past Concerts have included James Lee Stanley, Guy Mendilow Trio, Radoslav Lorković, Red Sea Pedestrians & more…

For these concerts, the suggested contribution is $15. Seating is limited. Subscription Sponsorships for this performance @ $20 each ensure center front section seating if received at least 2 days in advance of the performance.

Reservations are not required for any of the performances. If you have any questions contact Nancy Emrich Freeman via email at Nancy@LilFest.com; or by phone at 847-256-0000 & 518-576-9513; or visit the LilFest website.

LilFest – Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

picture of Nancy Emrich Freeman of LilFest

Live Music – From Minneapolis – Mount Vernon’s Own Phil Heywood – Saturday, June 4th

graphic image of the LilFest MV-L Music Series

The First Street Community Center is thrilled to announce that Phil Heywood will be performing as part of the LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series. This performance will be Saturday, June 4th at 8pm in the Uptown Theatre.

Picture of musician Phil HeywoodMount Vernon’s Phil Heywood is a winner – both of the National Fingerpicking Championship & then of the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition!

A veteran of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with guitar legend Chet Atkins, Phil performs with peer acoustic guitar luminaries Peter Lang, Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dakota Dave Hull.

He also opens shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, Chris Smither, and John Hammond.

He has recorded six CDs. For one of his recordings he received the following endorsement:

Acoustic guitar fans should consider this recording a must have….Heywood gives us all something to enjoy for a long time. (Music Reviews Quarterly)


Created by Nancy Emrich Freeman, LilFest has been bringing world-class touring performers to Mount Vernon-Lisbon since 2011.   Past Concerts have included James Lee Stanley, Guy Mendilow Trio, Radoslav Lorković, Red Sea Pedestrians & more…

For these concerts, the suggested contribution is $15. Seating is limited. Subscription Sponsorships for this performance @ $20 each ensure center front section seating if received at least 2 days in advance of the performance.

Reservations are not required for any of the LilFest 2016 Spring Music Series performances. If you have any questions contact Nancy Emrich Freeman via email at Nancy@LilFest.com; or by phone at 847-256-0000 & 518-576-9513; or visit the LilFest website.

LilFest – Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

picture of Nancy Emrich Freeman of LilFest


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