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Free Class – Music Together – Agape Studios

JOIN US FOR A FREE DEMO CLASS!

toddlers laughing followed by logo for Music Together & Agape Studios

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.

www.agapestudios.org
319.294.9315

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

Registration is required.

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

Announcement!

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.

Summer 2019 – Farmer’s Market – Starts Today

Farmers Market

Are you just plain tired of rushing here and there, hustling kids from one activity to another, making sure the lawn gets mowed, the laundry done, and oh ya, hold down a full time job, plus find time to get groceries? Could you use a few minutes to reset? Well if yes is your answer, then come on over to the First Street Community Center Thursday afternoons!

On the front lawn you will find an old-fashioned farmers’ market. Time seems to slow down for a bit as you look through the fresh produce, homemade baked goods, honey products, local eggs and meats, handicrafts, and more. Here one can take a step back from the business of life, find a small snack to enjoy, listen to local musicians, have a friendly chat with the vendors about nothing in particular, and re-energize for the remaining part of the week.

Farmers Market is held: Thursdays 4-6, May-September.

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

Tickets

$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

www.suzievinnick.com

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

www.LilFest.org

Hop into Spring – Craft and Vendor Show – in the Gym

The first ever “Hop into Spring – Craft and Vendor Show” is Saturday, April 6th from 10am – 1pm inside the Gymnasium at the First Street Community Center.

Organized By

Angie Williams

Featuring

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

Tickets

$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

ROOTS – A New Play Festival at the Uptown Theatre

Tonight @7:30, running from March 8th – 10th

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots. This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.

With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.

Each play is listed below with their cast.

Please come out and support your favorite local actors, writers and directors!

All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey
The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.
CAST:  Lisa Smith, Elijah Webster

Home by Eva Giacomo
Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.
CAST:  Jordan Ray Hogan, Kate Margheim

Past Tense by Barbara Lau
CAST:  Michelle Hinz

Some Surprise by Amy White
A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the 1920s … with Puppets
CAST:  Allyssa Jubeck, Maria McAlexander, Amy White

Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider
Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.
CAST:  Amanda Bishop, Nicole McAlexander

Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard
The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.
CAST:  Kaylynn Burgin, Jasper Rood, Elijah Webster

Weeding by Brian Tanner
Life Lessons in Gardening.
CAST:  Michelle Hinz, Jordan Ray Hogan, Jasper Rood, Boede Stoops, Steve Weiss

Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones
A father & son confront the past.
CAST:  Craig Jarvie, Tristan Maynard

This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman
A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.
CAST:  Kim Benesh, Bill Croghan, Grant Freeman, Braden JP Rood, Amy White

Memory by Chris Okishi
Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.
CAST:  Shauna Daub, Lisa Smith

Untitled Interview by Tony Craine
An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.


For more information please see their website:

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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
www.LilFest.org