Homecoming & All That Jazz! The Eddie Piccard Quartet and The Busch Brothers in Concert

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The Eddie Piccard Quartet will be in Mount Vernon at the First Street Community Center, Saturday, October 26th @ 7:30 pm.  Join us for an evening of New Orleans Jazz in the Uptown Theatre located in the First Street Community Center!

Once again they will be joined by the Busch Brothers.  Those who have seen these two groups play together before know this is going to be a good night.

“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 Brothers – Marty on trombone, Larry on trumpet, and Luke on clarinet.

The Busch Brothers 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.

Bring your Uptown Theatre cup or buy one ($5.00) and BOYB. Enjoy while watching the show!


Are only $15 and are on sale at the door and before the concert at Bauman’s 319-895.8692 or at the First Street Community Center at 319.895.8060.

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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.

Amy Friedl Stoner – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

August 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Go Your Own Way

The Music of Fleetwood Mac

After the smashing success of her revue of the music of Carole King, Amy Friedl Stoner returns to the stage with a new show chronicling the hits and heartbreak of rock superstars Fleetwood Mac.

Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac grew from humble English beginnings to capture the hearts and attention of fans worldwide. The band has gone on to sell over 100 million albums and chart numerous #1 hits, culminating in their 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Stoner, joined by Music Director Luke Viertel and band members Brook Hoover, Tim Crumley, AJ Plummer, and Blake Shaw will present a night of the band’s most memorable songs alongside a history of one of the 20th century’s most successful bands.

Can be purchased at the performance or before at Bauman’s in downtown Mount Vernon, or call 319.895.8060

2 Ukulele Workshops and a Live Concert

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Leah Woosley Music has arranged for YouTube sensation and online instructor Tyler Austenfeld to stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa on August 4th, 2019 and teach 2 ukulele workshops.  You can learn more about Tyler at his website: TenThumbsPro.

  1. The first workshop, @ 2pm is Beginner- Past the Strum Pattern, is geared towards beginners, so if you have a uke and just started playing or have been wanting to learn, this will be great for you!
  2. The second workshop, @ 3pm is Intermediate Rhythm, this will be perfect for more advanced beginners/ intermediate players.
  3. The FREE concert will follow starting @ 5pm and is open to the public.

Cost:  Tickets are $20 when paid in advance or $25 at the door.  The ticket price includes both workshops.
*  For tickets before the event – email leahwoosleymusic@gmail.com

Showtime:  Be sure to come to the live performance at 5:00 pm – Leah will be the opening act, and then Tyler will take over. This performance event is open and free to the public (however a suggested $5 donation would be greatly appreciated).

More information can found about the workshops here.

This event will be held in the First Street Community Theater, Mount Vernon, Iowa

More info about each workshop session (written by Tyler)

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Tyler Austenfeld

Beginner Level Work Shop – Past the Strum Pattern

This beginner level lesson is designed to help beginners learn how to count music and how it relates to the strum pattern. It starts with half notes, than quarter notes, eight notes, and lastly 16th notes. Each is provided with strum patterns of the down up equivalency. This is dedicated to beginners looking to level up to the pre-intermediate and/or intermediate level.

Will improve your

  • Ability to count music
  • Ability to strum a ukulele
  • Ability to create your own strum pattern
  • Ability to analyze a songs strum pattern

​Intermediate Rhythm Past the Strum

In this lesson we attempt to explore some of the Ukulele’s more interesting rhythmic aspects. It explores different rhythmic concepts that I have gathered over the years.

Will improve your

  • Jimi Hendrix Style A Shape Fills
  • General Fingerpicking Ideas
  • The 6th interval as a rhythm tool
  • Double stop rhythm
  • Chord Fragment Rhythm – Riffs for rhythm

This event is brought you you by Leah Woosley Music and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

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Leah Woosley

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Free Class – Music Together – Agape Studios


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Discover the power of family music-making.

You’ll have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much learning is taking place!

Kiddos age 0-5. Space is limited. Please register for this event on our website, or give us a call.


Class Dates:  6/15, 7/20, 8/10 @10:30 am

Registration is required.

Live Music – Silver Wings in Concert – They’re Back!


We are coming back to the stage. Our first gig will be Saturday, May 11th, @7:30-9:30pm at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.

We are Iowa’s Beatles tribute band. We didn’t try to look like the Beatles. We just wanted to sound like them. Our fans say we succeeded!

Tickets are on sale now and going like hot cakes. They are $15 each and you can get them at Bauman & Co on the corner of 1st St. W and 2nd Ave N in Mt. Vernon and ask for Mike Smith or call him at (319) 361-8193.

For more info see our Facebook Event.

Bring your own refreshments. The only requirement is that you use the tip-proof cup sold by the Community Center for $5 which is yours to take home and reuse at a later date.

LilFest Presents – Suzie Vinnick – Roots and Blues Music

Performing April 12 @ 7:30 pm

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 22 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Serving up a set where it shows she’s a long way from getting jaded and losing her mojo, this girl most likely to…has more chops than the meat department at the Costco warehouse.  Blues, folk, rock?  She’s got a toe in all those waters and handles them all with the ease of wrapping them around her little finger.  A real blast of fresh air, this set hit’s the target every timeout.  Killer stuff throughout.
– Midwest Record


$5 Student / $20 Gen. Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  Purchase tickets online: Suzie Vinnick Concert or buy tickets at the door.

Questions? Nancy at 518-576-9513 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com or check out www.LilFest.org

More About Suzie Vinnick


General Information

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Audience members bring beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center Sippy Cup ($5)

Audience members are invited to reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

More About Lilfest


LILFEST PRESENTS: The Malvinas – a folk trio with a seriously original sound

Performing April 5 @ 7:30 pm

With roots all over North America The Malvina’s are a feminine and feminist FOLK trio with a seriously original sound. They are Gina Forsyth, Lisa Markley, and Beth Cahill. Each a solo artist, they play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo. They rock with killer harmonies and a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary and traditional compositions that have you coming back for more.

About their recent album “God Bless the Grass”

There is a distinct strength in women’s music and they tap into it brilliantly. Women with wide ranging influences…The Malvinas are serious and playful, often in the same song…The title cut “God Bless the Grass” was written by the trio’s namesake, Malvina Reynolds, in 1964. It is as poignant today as it was then with these lyrics: “God bless the truth that fights toward the sun.”  One of the most fully realized folk albums of the first half of the year.
– Mark Gallo


$5 Student / $20 Gen. Admission / $50 VIP Seating.  Purchase tickets online: https://malvinas.bpt.me or buy tickets at the door.

Questions? Nancy at 518-576-9513 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com or check out www.LilFest.org

General Information

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Audience members bring beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center Sippy Cup ($5)

Audience members are invited to reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

Individual Malvinas members will be available for television or phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000. Further information is available via the website: www.TheMalvinas.com

Radoslav Lorkovic – R&B, Folk, Tex-Mex, Zydeco & Much More

Live in concert February 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Radoslav Lorković  began touring at age 20 with Iowa City’s Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Lorković entered the band having mastered the styles of boogie-woogie greats such as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Freddie Slack etc.. Ramsey’s influence drove Lorković deeper to the core of the blues. The music of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter shifted Lorković’s focus to the basics as he began to draw from the styles of Otis Spann and Pinetop Perkins.

He also became a valuable sideman to the late blues great Odetta. Odetta, he says, stands alone. “She is by far the best musician I have ever played with. She taught me so much about music, not so much in words, but in gestures, directions, stares, even smiles, and all with her sense of grace.”

Later, Lorković and Ramsey joined forces with Greg Brown adding musical authenticity to his deep Iowa Roots. At this time Lorković was simultaneously brushing up on his classical heritage and looking south to the polyrhythmic sounds of Professor Longhair and James Booker. He had picked up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion as well.

In 1990 he made his solo recording debut.  Six CDs later, Lorković currently tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, WOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, Prairie Home Companion, eTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas.

Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in five critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, Dave Moore, Andy White, and Bo Ramsey.

His thirty year touring career has led him from the taverns of the upper Mississippi River to the castles of Italy, The Canary Islands, The Yup’ik villages of Alaska, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  His most recent solo concert in Mount Vernon was eight years ago.

Ticket Prices

$5 for students, General Admission $20, Sponsor $50.  Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://lorkovic.bpt.me

General Information About the Concert

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Bring your own beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center drink cup ($5).

Remember: You can reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

More About the Artist

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958, Lorković’s initial exposure to music can be attributed to two grandmothers. Antonija, his maternal Grandmother, sang him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech folk songs since birth. At age one he was reported to be singing back on pitch.

By age three he was putting on floor shows for his grandfather and friends who would respond by showering him with coins yelling “pivaj Radoslav pivaj!” During this time classical music played in the home constantly due to the influence of his paternal grandmother Melita Lorković, a internationally renown classical pianist. After this blend of central European musical influences Radoslav moved to the United States at age six. He had a foothold on a classical music career when at age fourteen he was sidetracked by a blues scale that a friend had taught him.

It’s hard to catch up with Lorković. Just in 2018 he performed on cruise ships filled with his fans, tours with Ronny Cox (Deliverance), Ellis Paul, Shawn Mullins and Chicago’s Radio Free Honduras. Indeed he is in great demand as a recording session musician, both in the US and abroad.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in critically acclaimed solo recordings and appearances. Since his 2018 record release in Europe, the accolades have been pouring in Italian, German, and Croatian!

Radoslav Lorković will be available for phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 518-576-9513.

More at: www.radoslavlorkovic.com

More About LilFest

Artists presented by LilFest previously have included: George Winston, Chad & Jeremy, Ellis Paul, Tim Grimm, Dave Moore, Jimmy Lafave, Jim Post, Michael Smith, Natalia Zukerman, Phil Heywood, Claudia Nygaard and well over 100 others.

Questions? 847-256-0000 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com