Live Music – Dave Moore – Americana and Folk


Eastern Iowa’s Dave Moore will be performing in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa this Saturday, November 18, @7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm).

He is a 2017 recipient of the Folk Tradition Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa and is a Red House recording artist.

Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become somewhat of a legend.

Local songwriter Greg Brown and Dave Moore both developed a national reputation in the early years of both Prairie Home Companion and the legendary Red House Records.

Greg Brown and Dave worked together on recording projects and extensive tours. Dave made many appearances on Garrison Keillor’s popular A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, including time as the show’s band leader.

In Iowa, Dave has been an Iowa Arts Council artist in residence in the schools. He has appeared on recordings by Garrison Keillor, Greg Brown, and many others.

His songs have been recorded by Lowen & Navarro, Larry Penn, Greg Brown, and even more others.

While Dave grew up in Cedar Rapids, lives now in Iowa City, his father lived in Mount Vernon.

$15 General admission, $50 Patrons, $5 Students, available at the event or before via http://davemoore.bpt.me.

Questions?  Call: 518-576-9513.

Dave Moore on Facebook.  Dave Moore on Red House Records.

LilFest is a presenter of deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power.


Live Music – Lambert and Walz – Bluegrass, Americana and Folk


Two veteran Chicago bluegrass & blues pickers / singers from Special Consensus & Henhouse Prowlers touring now as a Power Duo!

Chris Walz is an Old Town School of Folk Music “Professor” and Eric Lambert is the recipient of the 2015 Entertainer of the Year Award in Chicago.

The show starts Saturday the 23rd at 7:30 pm with the doors open for seating at 7:15 pm.

COST: Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.  You can purchase tickets in person or online.  For Sponsor Tickets and to purchase regular tickets online click here.

Questions? Call (518) 576-9513.


Lambert and Walz, the MIDWESTERN-bred Americana songwriters, pickers, teachers, and storytellers will be featured in concert at the Uptown Theatre (Mount Vernon Community Center, 221 First Street NE, Mt. Vernon IA 52314) as part of the locally-produced LilFest Series on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

ERIC LAMBERT’s recent accolades include a 2015 Best Entertainer Chicago Music Award. A world-class flatpicking guitarist, sought-after educator, and outstanding performer from the Chicago area, Eric is an international-touring artist with a career spanning over 40 years. Lambert performs solo, as well as teamed up with other high-caliber musicians. A well-connected veteran, Eric knows the very best and plays with them routinely!.

CHRIS WALZ is a nationally acclaimed bluegrass multi-instrumentalist with a reverence for Americas musical story. Chris perfected his Scruggs-style banjo playing and guitar flatpicking at a young age as he studied all his musical heroes from Pete Seeger to Mississippi John Hurt to Woody Guthrie to Dave Van Ronk. Whether it is his lightning speed on the banjos fretboard, his hard hitting grooves on the guitar or his tender melodic touch on the mandolin, Chris playing dazzles. As an actor, his role as Woody Guthrie in a national tour of the show “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” kept him busy for many years before he began touring with Greg Cahills Special Consensus.

The LilFest Series regularly presents folk and international concerts in intimate settings in the Eastern Iowa region. Past performers include Jim Post, James Lee Stanley, Eric Taylor, Claudia Nygaard, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Nathan Bell. LilFest ( http://www.LilFest.org/ ) was originally developed in the Chicago area by Nancy Emrich Freeman, the now-resident of Mount Vernon continues a grand tradition of bringing the finest musicians to play in the places that are best for both the person onstage and the fan in the nearby seat.

Lambert & Walz will be available for phone interviews in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 847-256-0000. Further information about the individual performers and high-resolution photos are available via their websites:

Chris Walz: http://www.chriswalzmusic.com/teaching/
Eric Lambert: http://www.ericlambert.com/
Lambert & Walz: https://www.facebook.com/LambertandWalz/


Live Music – Mark Stuart – Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock


Mark Stuart is coming to the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  This extraordinary Nashville Folk, Blues, Country and Rock musician will be playing guitar and singing songs with a soulful voice that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets:  $15.00, Students are offered a special price of $5.00.  Questions and optional reservations: 847-256-0000.  Tickets are available at the show and online before the show via this link.

picture of Mark Stuart

What’s your favorite flavor of backstage stories and tour bus adventures? What stories do you like to listen to? How about adventures with Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard or Joan Baez?

Flashy guitar “chops” and great story-telling are just the beginning of Mark Stuart’s Americana/Folk tour. His focus in recent years is touring solo, depending on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing. It’s hard to escape a great Nashville family name (Earle) but Mark Stuart’s rock, blues, country, and folk music roots are impeccable in their own right. And they make an exciting show!

One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.

The LilFest Series brings worldwide quality performances to intimate Iowa concert settings. Mark Stuart follows in the footsteps of other international performers like Nathan Bell, Phil Heywood, Malcolm Holcombe, Radoslav Lorković, Guy Mendilow, Claudia Nygaard, Jim Post, Eric Taylor, The Sweet Potatoes, James Lee Stanley, Lucie Thorne & The Yearlings.

LilFest searches the world for deeply rooted songs and stories of passion and power for our modern lives.

For more information about Mark Stuart, please see his website: www.MarkStuart.net

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Live Music – Frances Luke Accord – Modern Folk/Americana


Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Are only $15 and can be purchased via Facebook, at Bauman’s and in person at the concert.

Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s approach to music has marked a boundless evolution.

In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir.

Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

“Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music.” – Joni Deutsch, NPR’s Mountain Stage

“Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldn’t recommend their debut LP, Fluke, highly enough.”- Darlingside

“While Simon & Garfunkel may be no longer touring, Powers and Gunty are more than talented enough to take their place.” –Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ


Also performing are Undlin & Wolfe.   They are an alternative folk group whose songs whistle straight through your down-jacket to shatter the northern-most corner of your heart before melting it completely.

“Earnest and intimate, sparse yet smart, and you can feel its ancestry in the odes to northern life, whether it’s the woods of the Midwest or the winds of Reykjavik”
Invoke Magazine

“Their stripped down folksy duo sound is gripping. There’s something just smart and evocative about the style.”
Ear To The Ground