The Jamboree will welcome back the band Illinois Rail to perform their brand of traditional, new, original, and gospel bluegrass music for a two-hour show on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Reckmeyer Band Shell.
“Anyone who's seen their concerts here in the past will fondly recall the exceptional quality of this band,” said show organizer Larry Ubben.
The group consists of Dave and Peg Shippert, Cliff Angeln, Doug Knecht. and Gary Dickson.
The band offers award winning banjo picking, spirited mandolin and dobro, rock solid flat picking, and bass with exceptional vocals.
The Let Freedom Ring Committee will serve grilled burgers, brats, and all beef hot dogs, chips, and water with flavor packets available, starting at 6 p.m. on the downtown campus
They will be selling advance tickets to the circus coming to town Saturday, Aug. 25.
The Artful Threads Fiber Art Show continues at the Encore Old Sandstone Gallery next door to the band shell, open from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The campus will be extra festive that evening as it's the opening night of the National Straw Sculpting Competition, which will have many new sculptures on display all around the campus until Aug. 26.
Public voting begins that evening at 6 p.m.
Several local food and craft vendors will likely be on site as well, including Jen's Artisan Breads, Pecatonica River Honey, Dietrich Ranch, and Barker Brew.
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 from 4 to 7 p.m.
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.
New York City rockabilly artists Kyle Lacy and the Harlem River Noise will be back on the Jamboree stage on Friday, Aug. 17, with their free two-hour concert starting at 7 p.m. at the Reckmeyer Band Shell.
“Kyle Lacy and his band conjures up a potion taking you home to the roots of 1950s rock 'n' roll while creating something fresh and bluesy - think Buddy Holly meets Gary Clark Jr.,” said event organizer Larry Ubben. “Armed with an elegantly raucous voice, a 50s grit guitar style and a keen knack for ‘in the moment’ lyrical honesty, Kyle uses his hepcat showmanship to keep his audience grooving down to the last beat.”
The band features Kyle Lacy on vocals and guitar, Cody Gibson playing upright bass, Boyce Griffith on tenor sax and Jesse Chevan on drums.
Their wild rockabilly show is packed with foot-stomping rockabilly, blues, and originals that get a crowd on its feet, dancing.
St. Bride's Episcopal Church will serve a barbecue sandwich meal deal, including chips, baked beans, drinks, and sweet treats, starting at 6 p.m. on the downtown campus.
In the event of rain, the whole show is moved to the Pinecrest Grove Community Center, located eight blocks south of Ill. 64 on McKendrie Avenue, at 500 Evergreen Drive presented at the same times.