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Meet Me Where They Play the Blues – Eddie Piccard Jazz and The Busch Brothers

“Meet Me Where They Play the Blues!” That is the invitation from jazz musician Eddie Piccard.

The Eddie Piccard Quartet and the Busch Brothers will once again join forces at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon on Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 pm.

The program will likely include “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” “The St. Louis Blues,” “The Salt Lake City Blues,” and many other blues songs and traditional jazz numbers.

“The blues is quintessentially American,” Eddie says. “The music grew out of the songs of Afro-American slaves and field hands in the South. The blues contains so many emotions, including joy, sorrow, and determination. The words may at first sound down, but the music always brings you up.

We love playing for the audience that comes to the Mount Vernon events, and we know people will love hearing this music. It’s classic.”


Eddie Piccard Jazz plays hot traditional favorites and cool Shearing melodies, as well as warm Latin tunes.  Eddie will be on piano and vocals, Craig Dove on bass, Jon Wilson on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on guitar.

For this show they will be joined by the Busch Boys–Marty on trombone, Larry on trumpet, and Luke on clarinet.

The “Busch Boys”  are very happy to join the Eddie Piccard Quintet for this evening of music.  Larry Busch is a veteran of the Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and the Al Pierson Orchestras.  He has been leading his own big band for many years and is currently the leader of the Dixieland Allstars.  Trombonist Marty has toured with Al Cobine, Johnny Mathis, Dick Jurgens, The American Vintage Orchestra, and the Larry Busch Big Band. Luke  has played with the Dixieland Allstars, the Mad City Funk, and his own SKA band.

Eddie Piccard Jazz and the Busch Brothers

TICKETS
Tickets for the performance are $15 and can be purchased at Bauman’s Clothing Store in Mount Vernon (319) 895-8692. They can also be bought at the performance.  Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup or bring a clean Community Center cup from home to use in the Theatre space.


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Eddie Piccard grew up in eastern Iowa, and began playing music on his grandmother’s piano. He left for larger venues in Chicago, Florida and on the west coast. But he came back to Iowa in the 1980s and has become a jazz icon in eastern Iowa since returning to his home state. Iowans remember fondly the jazz club Eddie and his wife Dallis opened on Mount Vernon Road in the 1990s. But Iowans weren’t the only ones to frequent Eddie’s place. Travelers from other states came to this club for the chic décor and the unforgettable nights of music. Jazz musicians stopped by, too, after finishing up a gig in the area. The club was forced to close because of road widening. Eddie now plays regularly all over eastern Iowa, as well as in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

Rich Martin’s career began in college where he was a drummer and a vibist. He took an extended break from performing to teach at Cornell College. But the music called him back and he began sitting in with Eddie’s trio fifteen years ago, while still teaching. He is now a full-time member of the group.

Dave Richter comes from Dubuque to perform in Meet Me in New Orleans. He is well-known in northeast Iowa as an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and banjo player. He performs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area.

Tim Crumley performs frequently with the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, as well as a number of regional ensembles, including Ashanti, The Rusty Johnson Group, and the John Shultz Trio. Tim is a lyrical and sensitive drummer who is always engaged and engaging.

Live Music – Highway 151 Band

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Please join us for a night of live music by the Highway 151 Band performing October 1st at 7:30pm in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

NOTE:  Also appearing is Tony Nickels. The band met him at their last concert and loved him, so they invited him to join them at this concert.

About the Band

a picture of Highway 151 band members

Hwy 151 Band are from the Eastern Iowa area.

They are a group of musicians who have played in numerous bands throughout the area including Stormwatch, Top Side, Westwinds, The Naked Gypsies and the Stompers.

Their three part harmonies are a highlight of their musical sound.  Their instrumentations include acoustic and bass guitar, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.

They cover several decades of music; songs like “Groovin” by The Young Rascals, Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance”, “Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, and the classic “At Last” by the great Etta James.  They also play our originals like “Got to Be Kind” and “I’ve Got the Change” both written by Dan Hanlon.

Their website is: http://hwy151band.com/



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Dan Bern is Back for Another Concert in His Hometown

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:

Brass Transit Authority – a Rockin’ Live Concert

Logo for the Brass Transit Authority band

The First Street Community Center of Mount Vernon, Iowa is thrilled to be hosting the Brass Transit Authority, Saturday, May 23.  The concert begins at 7pm in the Uptown Theatre.

The Brass Transit Authority features cover songs from the great rock and roll horn bands like Chicago; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Steely Dan; Van Morrison, and many others!

Here are some YouTube videos to give you a taste of what the band can do:

The above video is from Jazz 88.3 KCCK’s YouTube Channel.

The above video is from Chad Walton’s YouTube Channel.

Tickets for this powerhouse performance are only $15, and can be purchased online at this link, at Baumans, Helios Stitches and Stuff and Zoe’s Deli.

Brass Transit Authority is made up of:

  • Rob Wallace (Vocals, Percussion)
  • Peter Hart (Saxophones, Flute)
  • Dennis Pedde (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
  • Greg Young (Trumpet, Trombone, Vocals)
  • Matt Driscoll (Trombone)
  • Denny Redmond (Keyboards)
  • Pat Smith (Guitar)
  • Christopher Bird (Bass, Vocals)
  • Dennis McPartland (Drums, Vocals)

You can learn more about the Brass Transit Authority at their website.

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The Brass Transit Authority is brought to you by the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council.

The Uptown Theatre is a BYOB space so long as you drink your beverage in an Uptown Theatre mug to prevent spills.  The mugs are re-usable, so if you have one from a previous event you can bring it to this one.  If you don’t have a mug, they cost only $5 and are available at the event.


Chad Elliot in Concert – Americana Country Folk Singer & Songwriter

chad_elliott guitar and treeThe First Street Community Center is thrilled to announce that Chad Elliott will be putting on a live concert for adults (but youth friendly) in the Uptown Theatre Sunday, April 26th, starting at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm.

Chad Elliott is an International Award-Winning Americana Country Folk Singer & Songwriter.  But don’t just take our word for it, here is a quote from Country Music News International reviewer Bob Everhart:

“CHAD ELLIOTT – So Sang The Crow
This stunningly beautiful recording artist makes his home in Coon Rapids, Iowa. I was so surprised to receive this incredibly good album of what I would immediately call Americana country-folk music. The very first song takes the listener on a great bouncy musical trip, well written song with a ‘right on the mark’ banjo playing an older style, and a fiddler that makes it sound like you are in an old barn somewhere, listening to some incredibly gifted music…”
Read Bob Everhart’s full review here.

For a small sample of what Chad is capable of here are a couple of YouTube videos from ChadElliott.net:


Tickets are $15 for general seating and $25 for reserved front row seating. You Can Buy Tickets in advance at:

  • Helios @ Old School Shops in the First Street Community Center
  • Mike @ Baumann’s on First St. SW, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Tickets are also available at the door or on the web at http://chadelliottlilfest.bpt.me.

[learn_more caption=”* Click here for more info about Chad Elliott *”]

Averaging over 150 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way he’s collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics. Perhaps the most surreal moment in his career happened in 2009 while he was portraying Buddy Holly for the Surf Ballroom on the 50th anniversary of the fateful plane crash which took the rock legend’s life. He was asked to sing “Oh Boy” with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly. She whispered in Elliott’s ear after the song faded, “You’re my Buddy.”

He has also shared the music stage with greats such as: Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crows, Brantley Gilbert, R.L. Burnside, Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III, among others.

Elliott has released 19 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. In 2009, he released “Redemption Man.” Elliott worked with producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on this album to achieve it’s distinctive electrified roots sound. It also features Pieta Brown on the song, “Same, Old Way,” which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs on this album, “Redemption Man,” and “Illinois,” won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival.

Elliott released “So Sang the Crow” in March of 2013. He visited Basecamp Recording Studio in Montana to lay the tracks. Basecamp Recording is run by Chris Cunningham of the folk-duo Storyhill. Cunningham produced the album, adding his meticulous attention to detail to the well-crafted project. “So Sang the Crow” speaks to the souls of those “fighting the good fight” in a life of challenge.

Currently, Elliott is working on his 20th original album. He has been traveling to Nashville, TN to record the new album with producer/drummer Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. He expects to release the album in the fall of 2015.

To learn more about Chad Elliott visit www.chadelliott.net.[/learn_more]

Chad Elliott in Concert – Americana Country Folk Music

chad_elliott guitar and tree

The First Street Community Center is thrilled to announce that Chad Elliott will be putting on a live concert for adults (but youth friendly) in the Uptown Theatre Sunday, April 26th, starting at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm.

Chad Elliott is an International Award-Winning Americana Country Folk Singer & Songwriter.  But don’t just take our word for it, here is a quote from Country Music News International reviewer Bob Everhart:

“CHAD ELLIOTT – So Sang The Crow
This stunningly beautiful recording artist makes his home in Coon Rapids, Iowa. I was so surprised to receive this incredibly good album of what I would immediately call Americana country-folk music. The very first song takes the listener on a great bouncy musical trip, well written song with a ‘right on the mark’ banjo playing an older style, and a fiddler that makes it sound like you are in an old barn somewhere, listening to some incredibly gifted music…”
– Read Bob Everhart’s full review here.

For a small sample of what Chad is capable of here are a couple of YouTube videos from ChadElliott.net:


Tickets are $15 for general seating and $25 for reserved front row seating. You Can Buy Tickets in advance at:

  • Helios @ Old School Shops in the First Street Community Center
  • Mike @ Baumann’s on First St. SW, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Tickets are also available at the door or on the web at http://chadelliottlilfest.bpt.me.

[learn_more caption=”* Click here for more info about Chad Elliott *”]

Averaging over 150 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way he’s collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics. Perhaps the most surreal moment in his career happened in 2009 while he was portraying Buddy Holly for the Surf Ballroom on the 50th anniversary of the fateful plane crash which took the rock legend’s life. He was asked to sing “Oh Boy” with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly. She whispered in Elliott’s ear after the song faded, “You’re my Buddy.”

He has also shared the music stage with greats such as: Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crows, Brantley Gilbert, R.L. Burnside, Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III, among others.

Elliott has released 19 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. In 2009, he released “Redemption Man.” Elliott worked with producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on this album to achieve it’s distinctive electrified roots sound. It also features Pieta Brown on the song, “Same, Old Way,” which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs on this album, “Redemption Man,” and “Illinois,” won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival.

Elliott released “So Sang the Crow” in March of 2013. He visited Basecamp Recording Studio in Montana to lay the tracks. Basecamp Recording is run by Chris Cunningham of the folk-duo Storyhill. Cunningham produced the album, adding his meticulous attention to detail to the well-crafted project. “So Sang the Crow” speaks to the souls of those “fighting the good fight” in a life of challenge.

Currently, Elliott is working on his 20th original album. He has been traveling to Nashville, TN to record the new album with producer/drummer Ken Coomer of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. He expects to release the album in the fall of 2015.

To learn more about Chad Elliott visit www.chadelliott.net.[/learn_more]


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Cabin Fever Comedy Festival

Charlie Chaplin

Saturday March 28th, The Uptown Theatre will host 2 shows of Stand-up, Sketch, and Improvisational comedy.

The 7-9pm show is PG-13 Rated.

The 9:30-11:30pm show is R-Rated.

Tickets are $5 for one show, or $8 for both.

You can purchase tickets at Helios Stitches & Stuff, CarePro Pharmacy and the Mount Vernon Visitor’s Center.

Call Leland at (319) 512-3323 or email him at Leland@BuyTotesNow.com for more information.

More information about performers and times will be coming next week. Check back to learn more about this great evening of comedy!

This event is sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, Hallmark Care Center and Bijou Theater.

Add your business to the list of sponsors! Sponsorships are available at $25, $50, $100, and $200 levels and will be listed in the program flyers. Contact Leland at (319) 512-3323 for more information.


Charlie Chaplin – Photo by twm1340

Cabin Fever Comedy Festival

Charlie Chaplin

Saturday March 28th, The Uptown Theatre will host 2 shows of Stand-up, Sketch, and Improvisational comedy.

The 7-9pm show is PG-13 Rated.

The 9:30-11:30pm show is R-Rated.

Tickets are $5 for one show, or $8 for both.

You can purchase tickets at Helios Stitches & Stuff, CarePro Pharmacy and the Mount Vernon Visitor’s Center.

Call Leland at (319) 512-3323 or email him at Leland@BuyTotesNow.com for more information.

More information about performers and times will be coming next week. Check back to learn more about this great evening of comedy!

This event is sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, Hallmark Care Center and Bijou Theater.

Add your business to the list of sponsors! Sponsorships are available at $25, $50, $100, and $200 levels and will be listed in the program flyers. Contact Leland at (319) 512-3323 for more information.


Charlie Chaplin – Photo by twm1340