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 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.
January 16th, Scott Ainslie 7:00 PM Central
Hickory Ridge Concerts Virtual welcomes master blues slide guitarist Scott Ainslie to the lifestream this Saturday, January the 16th at 7:00 PM central time. An internationally recognized traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Ainslie has specialized in performing and presenting programs on the European and African roots of American music his entire career.
Sundae + Mr. Goessl features award-winning vocalist Kate Voss (Earshot Magazine's Vocalist of the Year, two-time Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Princess) and tireless virtuoso guitarist, Jason Goessl. This charming wife/husband duo has a style all their own and incorporate humor, vintage style, interesting instrumentation, nostalgia and serious musicianship in their act. While some label their style as "Vintage Pop" and others deem it "Cowboy Jazz" there's one adjective that everyone can agree on: delightful.
March 20th, Dennis Stroughmatt, 7:00 PM Central
Known today as a master French Creole fiddler, Dennis Stroughmatt was raised with a love for the music of Bob Wills, Ray Price, Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Spade Cooley, Wade Ray, and Darrell McCall by his father Jack Stroughmatt. Jack was an avid music buff with thousands of records in a collection that dated to the 1930s. It was the sound of twin fiddle and steel guitar (as well as a driving horn section) that got him excited and bopping in the middle of the living room floor. With time and different moves, Dennis eventually became enamored with the French Creole music that was local to southern Illinois and southeast Missouri...but that Honky Tonk sound was every present, always in the back of his mind and his heart. The chance meeting of the legendary fiddler and singer Wade Ray would rekindle that feeling and remind Dennis that Western Swing was still in him.
A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”