The 1960s tribute band, Shindig, will open the Mt. Morris Jamboree’s 2021 concert season with a performance at the Warren Reckmeyer Band Shell on Friday, July 2, starting at 7 p.m
“Shindig presents a tribute to the 60s and always delivers a trip back to the greatest and most diverse decade of Rock and Roll music,” said organizer Larry Ubben. “Covering over 90 different bands from that period of time where music told the story of an entire generation – early 60s, British Invasion, Psychedelic, pop, girl groups, Woodstock…are all part of the show!”
Tom Rychter and Tom Benson play guitars and sing, John Murphy plays Bass, Sharman Strode sings and Mark Lega plays drums and sings. “Everyone fortunate to see their performances here in years past will readily attest to the excitement this band brings to the stage,” Ubben said.
The Ogle County Pork Producers will be serving butterfly pork chop sandwiches with chips and drinks starting at 6 p.m. as part of the opening night of the three-day Let Freedom Ring Festival.
The Jonas Fultz Memorial Car Show and Cruise will be happening on the north end of the Campus that night, starting at 5 p.m.
July 3 – Anderlik and Church of WACO
“Talented Chicago guitarists Rob Anderlik and Mike Church have performed on our band shell in past years as AOC and WACO and will be returning this year with special guests Josh McPartland on Mandolin and Drew Littel on cajon,” organizer Larry Ubben said. “Two of the top bluegrass musicians in the Chicago area, Rob and Mike first met at late night jam session and felt a deep musical connection from the moment they played together.
They share a wide range of musical interests, ranging from Southern and Classic Rock, Blues, Swing, Jazz Standards, Cinematic Instrumentals, Folk Music and of course, Bluegrass.
“They have quickly built a reputation as one of the most versatile acoustic bands in the Midwest. Their music has been described as Bill Monroe meets Robert Johnson at the crossroads and they’ll be playing a selection of Blues, Bluegrass and American Roots Music,” Ubben said.
The Ogle County Beef Producers will be providing food and drink concessions for the concert and many other activities will be happening uptown as part of the Let Freedom Ring Festival, including a watermelon eating contest during the concert.
July 4 – Flibbertijibbet
David Orr, formerly of Mt. Morris, brings his band, Flibbertijibbet down from La Crosse, Wisconsin to celebrate Independence Day with a free concert on the bandshell from 5-8 p.m.
“With David playing drums, this band has been together for 30 years and brings to the stage an eclectic blend of Rock, Americana, Jam and Folk Music all wrapped into one package,” said Ubben. “Lead by singer, songwriter and guitarist Drew Dockry, Flibjib is starting their extensive Midwest tour here in support of their new CD, A Mississippi Life. The band includes Eric “Guido” Lemon on Bass, Kyle Renfro on Lead Guitar and vocals and Matt Salvo on keyboards.”
Coming from different backgrounds band members fuse their approach to deliver their version of some of the finest rock-n-roll a la The Band, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Counting Crows and Phish, Ubben said.
“Proud to call themselves a Jam Band they might string three songs together and play for 20 minutes just as much as delivering straight up songs about characters who’ve always lived in the American diaspora,” Ubben said. “There’s songs about the Old West, young lovers, rebels and seekers but perhaps the overarching theme of their music is happiness with a rich vein of songs celebrating life.
“Come join the fun on our beautiful, historic campus in the center of Mt. Morris, two blocks south of Rt. 64 on Wesley Ave.,” Ubben said. “Be sure to come uptown early to visit the nearby Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market, open from 4-7 p.m. every Friday through October.
“Please bring a blanket or chair, or enjoy the new benches and join the fun on our beautiful, historic campus in the center of Mt. Morris, two blocks south of Rt. 64 on Wesley Ave and enjoy the free Rock & Roll concert.” he said.
In the event of rain, the whole show moves to the Pinecrest Grove Community Center, located at 500 Evergreen Lane, 7 blocks south of Rt. 64 on McKendrie St. at the same times.
Source: The Daily Chronicle