Hickory Ridge Concert Series
2020 Season, Covid style!
Friends, The Illinois State Museum has now announced that due to the ongoing CORVID-19 virus spread, all public programs at all branches of the Illinois State Museum will be canceled for the foreseeable future. I will be re-booking acts as soon as our mutual schedules permits. As of now, we have no word about when we will be able to return to the Dickson Mounds Museum, but keep an eye on this web site for updates as the situation evolves. Our sister series, Music At The Museum has been permanently cancelled.
In the meantime, I have been performing a series of live streaming concerts as a way to keep us all connected and a way to keep my own sanity! I ALSO PLAN TO BEGIN PRESENTING HICKORY RIDGE CONCERTS VIRTUALLY AND AM EXPLORING THE TECH TO DO SO. You can learn about upcoming shows, by liking Chris Vallillo Music or Hickory Ridge Concerts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/chrisvallillo/ OR https://www.facebook.com/hickoryridgeconcerts).
The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere where people enrich their spirits through the power of music. Our commitment to that mission continues and we are taking this step to help assure the safety of our artists and our audience. Please take care of yourselves, avoid large groups of people and be sure to constantly wash your hands. We want to see you all back at Dickson Mounds when this has passed!
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.
We want to thank the Big Horse Inn and Suites in Lewistown, IL for providing rooms for our
performers. Big Horses a family run hotel and winery in Lewistown and is an excellent,
comfortable and well run place to stay! The Winery offers great food and is a fine place to
havea quick dinner before the show. We hope you will support them as they have supported us! Check them out by clicking on their logo.
PERFORMERS: I usually book solo up to trio professional players from the region and only rarely use larger act. Performers who are interested in being considered for performance should download the “Potential Performer Letter“ to learn about the gig. If you are appropriate to the venue and are interested in being considered, please email me (do not call). As you would expect, I always have three times as many interested performers as I have performance slots so be prepared to wait a while. NEW: I will be moving Hickory Ridge Concerts to a virtual platform soon. 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 18th, Jonas Friddle https://youtu.be/55lmUTEfeSE
Jonas Friddleis a singer, songwriter and Old-Time banjo player whose songs have received TheJohn Lennon Songwriting Award, First Place in the Great American Song Contest and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. Friddle was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and his tunes bear the marks of a musician who has done his time in pub sessions and square dance halls, and his writing is full of imagery, honesty and humor.
February 15th, Katie Dahl https://youtu.be/Rds6PV2i7wM
Described as “a honey-throated alto thrush and an eagle-eyed songwriter”, Dahl combines old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.
Katie has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the canals of southern France, to the American northwoods. The depth and power of Katie’s alto voice, the literate candor of her original songs, and the easy humor of her live performances have earned her numerous songwriting awards, as well as the chance to share stages with such luminaries as Dar Williams, Peter Mulvey, and Cheryl Wheeler.
March 21st, Ariane Lydon https://youtu.be/VN2kFrz6jhA
Ariane Lydon’s virtuosic touch on 12- and 6-string guitars, keyboards, Celtic harp, and bodhrán come from a long apprenticeship in music across three continents. Born in Sussex, England, to a British UN Director and a New York artist, Lydon lived in Santiago, Chile, until she was 10. Her mother, the daughter of a jazz and ragtime pianist, immersed Ariane in classical piano music from age 7. For the past 2 decades, Ariane Lydon has toured and performed at Folk Festivals, Performing Arts Centers, Listening Venues, Radio Stations, and House Concerts throughout the US and Canada
April 18th, Willie Carlysle
Willi Carlisle is the raconteur and folksinger you don’t know about yet. In just two years of touring, The Washington Post has said he is “powerful”and “worth seeking out.” Sing Out! says he's an "Ozark renaissance folklorist." Twin Cities Pioneer calls him “impressive on banjo, accordion, and fiddle.” In Cincinnati, a reviewer said his songs and stories “turn the cliche of solo performance on their head.” With a varied and
exuberant program of folksongs, stories, and original stomps and croons, Willi has performed internationally with talent like Dom Flemons, Mary Gauthier, Los Texmaniacs, Cory Branan, and more.
May 18th, Cari Ray and the Shakey Legs