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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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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 – Dan Colehour – Benefit for South-East Linn Community Center

The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa has the distinct pleasure of hosting a former resident now an award winning singer-songwriter living in Nashville, Dan Colehour.

This is Dan’s second time playing in the Uptown Theatre, he was here last year in May as well.

This year Dan will play one night only in the Uptown Theatre on Saturday, May 7th at 7:00pm.

This is a FREE concert.  The organizer asks that you bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the South-East Linn Community Center.

Dan has pursued music with a passion ever since he was a boy. He started composing at age 16. As a student in the Mount Vernon school system he was a member of the Mount Vernon Marching Band as a percussionist. After graduating from high school, Dan attended North Texas State University for two years. Shortly thereafter, he followed his parents to the central Texas hill country (Austin, San Antonio) with its rich musical diversity and the home of many of his favorite singer/songwriters.

Within a few months, Dan had established himself as an emerging artist, performing at many acoustic venues throughout the area and subsequently signing a publishing contract with Lighthouse Music in Austin. Three years later would find Dan moving to Nashville, Tennessee, to further pursue his musical career. After a handful of publishing contracts and developmental recording deals with two major labels, Dan signed a recording contract with Dream Works/UMG/Carnival. In the fall of 2008, Dan’s first record, “Straight to the Highway” was released to much critical acclaim.

Dan has written and performed numerous songs, with songs like “Quarry Town” written with Stone City in mind, some of which have been recorded by artists such as: Montgomery/Gentry, Tricia Yearwood, David Nail and Tommy Shane Steiner, to name just a few. Currently, Dan and his band “The Corndodgers” are working on his next record, which is slated for a fall release of this year (2015).

He is also described on Pandora.com as: “A country roots rocker with a heartland vibe in the vein of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Dan Colehour was born and raised in the very heart of the Midwest in the small town of Mt. Vernon, IA…”

Join us, and bring your friends, as we welcome him back home Saturday, May 7th when he will perform a live concert with NO COVER charge!

Here are a couple of videos you can check out to hear him yourself:

Quarrytown:

Father’s Son: