Hickory Ridge Concert Series


10/7/21 UPDATE:
No New word yet regarding live concerts.  Hickory Ridge Concerts will remain a virtual event for the foreseeable future until the situation with the Covid crisis resolves itself. We look forward to returning to the Dickson Mounds Museum when the state re-opens it and allows us back in.  In the meantime, I've lined up some outstanding talent to share virtually.  Some of these acts we never would have been able to book otherwise. Check out the next few months lineup below.
The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is a once a month acoustic music concert series that I’ve been producing in one form or another non stop since 1989.  We are currently working in partnership with the Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum that sits on the bluffs of the Illinois River Valley overlooking the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge.   This has been an excellent partnership and we just celebrated 25 years at Dickson  Mounds (30 years in all).  We feature folk, blues, old time, singer-songwriter and even on rare occasions, bluegrass music in the handicapped accessible 150 seat auditorium of the Dickson Mounds Museum.
PERFORMERS:  I am moving Hickory Ridge Concerts to a virtual platform for the foreseeable future.  I will be booking Artists to do live stream performances in leu of in person performers.  Artists need to be technically and artistically accomplished in live stream performances and be content appropriate to the venue.  Email Chris Vallillo at vallillo@macomb.com to be considered for the series.
AUDIENCE:  Concerts take place every third Saturday of the month all year long in the comfort of the Dickson Mounds Museum auditorium. We feature the best in roots, folk and acoustic music of all kinds. Showtime is 7:00 pm, admission is $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for kids under 12.
October 16th, Eric Lambert and Char 7:00 PM Central 
Hickory Ridge Concerts Virtual welcomes back longtime friend of the series, Eric Lambert.  A stunningly talented guitarist well versed in bluegrass, folk and blues, he will be joined by his music and life partner Char for a wonderful night celebrating the release of their new CD Beating The Odds.
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November 20th,  Chicago Blues Master, Eric Noden
7:00 PM Central 

Eric Noden is an award winning acoustic blues and roots musician based out of Chicago, Illinois. Eric’s virtuosic fingerpicking guitar blends perfectly with his honey and whiskey tinged voice. Noden’s music is both a tribute to the past and a reflection of current times. From barrelhouse blues to New Orleans grooves to dazzling guitar instrumentals Eric’s live performances are festive and celebratory events. Eric has been featured on music festivals in over 15 countries and 3 continents. 
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December 18th, Joel Mabus, 7:00 PM Central

One of the Midwest's great guitarists, mandolinists and songwriters, Joel Mabus' parents were members of the WLS Barn Dance Traveling show.  He'll joins us for a special Christmas show featuring original, traditional and Holiday songs and instrumentals.  Don't miss a chance to see a Midwest classic!
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