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Illinois Rail returns to Jamboree on Friday

Illinois Rail will return to the Reckmeyer Band Shell, Mt. Morris, for this Friday's concert at 7 p.m. Photo supplied
Illinois Rail will return to the Reckmeyer Band Shell, Mt. Morris, for this Friday's concert at 7 p.m. Photo supplied

The Mt. Morris Jamboree will welcome back Illinois Rail, who will be performing their brand of traditional, new, original, and gospel bluegrass music at a two-hour show on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Reckmeyer Band Shell on the downtown campus in Mt. Morris.

“Anyone who’s seen their concerts here in the past will fondly recall the exceptional quality of this band,” said event organizer Larry Ubben.

The group consists of Dave and Peg Shippert, Cliff Angeln, Doug Knecht, and Gary Dickson.

Illinois Rail is a high energy bluegrass and gospel band that hales from central Illinois.

Several of the members have more than 30 years of bluegrass band experience.

The group came together in 2008 and shares a love of traditional bluegrass music, as well as the bluegrass music of today.

Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Cox Family, and Ronda Vincent inspire just some of the music played by the group.

“The band offers award winning banjo picking, spirited mandolin and dobro, rock solid flat picking and bass with exceptional vocals,” Ubben said.

Illinois Rail has played a variety of festivals and private functions over the years and has done a recording session for WTVP, Channel 47, Peoria, for their use in public broadcasting.

“The members of Illinois Rail have a great friendship and love to play and have fun with the music,” Ubben said. ‘This group has a unique and engaging rapport with their audiences and really knows how to provide an evening of wonderful entertainment.”

The Mt. Morris Moose Lodge will provide concessions for the show and will serve grilled hamburgers, walking tacos, chips, soda, water ,and fresh baked brownies, starting at 6 pm.

All proceeds go directly to benefit Moose charities.

Come to town early and have a look at all the good locally grown produce and other foods and crafts available at the Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market held every Friday through October from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bank parking lot at the corner of Wesley Avenue and Ill. 64.

The Encore! Art Gallery will be open in Old Sandstone, just adjacent to the shell, that evening from 6:30 to 9:30 as well, this week featuring the Watt Global Media 100 Year Anniversary Art Show.

The campus will be extra festive that evening as it’s the opening night of the new national strawsculpting competition, which will have many new sculptures on display.

The rain location for the concert and concessions is the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive, just off of East Hitt Street at the same times.

Shindig drew a crowd of 400 at last week’s Friday night concert. The campus is on Wesley Avenue two blocks south of Ill. 64.

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