Chicago's Oldie's Rock and Roll Band, the StingRays, will return to the Mt. Morris Jamboree or a free two-hour concert on Friday, June 30 to kick off the Let Freedom Ring Fourth of July festival.
The concert will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown band shell.
“Everyone who was fortunate to see last year's show by this exciting and engaging act will fondly remember the dance contests, trivia and dynamic stage presence of this wonderful band and will attest to the 'do not miss' grade level of their show,” said event organizer Larry Ubben.
“The StingRays play the greatest music ever written and play it with the energy, passion and authenticity of the artists whose music they love. Excellent musicians, everyone loves the StingRays’ rock & roll,” he said. “Their music, great rapport with audiences, their look and the famous StingRay moves have made them repeated favorites at festivals, concert series, casinos, clubs, corporate events and parties throughout the Midwest.”
The StingRays love interacting with audiences through trivia, dance contests and even joining people in the audience.
The band always gets the crowd dancing and singing to songs from Rockabilly — tons of 60s — to the 70's.
They've opened for some of the greatest names in rock & roll like Danny & the Juniors, the Ides of March, the Grass Roots, the Buckinghams, Joey Dee and the Starliters, Mitch Ryder, the Guess Who, Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders and Dion.
With the success of their two CDs, Electric Sea and Walk The Plank, people from Hawaii to New York are listening to the band's authentic, yet definitely StingRays sound.
The band features Frank Rowley on bas and vocals, Al Wagner on drums and vocals, John Quinn on keys, guitar and vocals and John D. on lead guitar and vocals.
The Mt. Morris Firefighters will serve walking tacos with all the toppings, too many to list, starting at 6 p.m.
Drinks will include Pepsi products, water, and BerryView Orchard's aronia berry lemonade smoothies.
All profits stay in Mt. Morris and benefit the firefighter's association, which has been a part of Mt. Morris since 1889.
Be sure to come uptown early to visit the Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market, open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday through October, located at the corner of Ill. 64 and Wesley Avenue.
Bring a blanket or chair, or enjoy the new benches and join the fun on the historic campus in the center of Mt. Morris, two blocks south of Ill. 64 on Wesley Ave.
Help start the 4th of July weekend in style with a free live rock and roll show.
In the event of rain, the whole show moves to the Moose Lodge at 101 Moose Drive, at the same times.