Hickory Ridge Concert Series
1/5/2024, our 3rd season at Ellisville!
Showtime: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $10/Adults | $5/Under 12
Once again, we are starting a new season at the historic Ellisville Opera Hoouse! I have heard so many compliments about the space and how much folks enjoy being there. I want thank Paula Helle, Becky, and all of the folks in HERO that that make this possible and a big thank you to Mike Franke who has been handling our sound!
We will be starting the series back with a January 20th performance featuring our friends Curtis and Loretta from Minneapolis MN. I'm lining up a full season of shows, most, but not all, being on then 3rd Saturday. See the ,lineup below, like Hickory Ridge Concerts on facebook to keep in the loop.
If you are new to our series, our shows take place in a little known gem on the Spoon River, in rural Western Illinois, The Ellisville Opera House. The Ellisville Opera House in an 1881 Opera House right aLong the Spoon River in rural West Central, IL. It still retains it's original bent wood chairs, the painted backdrop and all it's original detailing plus there is in house sound, lights and air conditioning! Though in keeping with tradition, the Opera House is a second story venue, the elevator is installed and working!
I'll be varying the third Saturday of the month schedule this year due to previous conflicts and artist availability but I'll continue to feature the best in roots, folk and acoustic music of all kinds.
Coffee, drinks, and a variety of desserts are available! Desserts provided by Becky of Lunch Wagon Concessions, all locally made and delicious! Here is a google Map link for the Ellisville Opera House: ELLISVILLE MAP
PERFORMERS: CLICK HERE FOR THE POTENTIAL PERFORMER LETTER WITH ALL THE GIG DETAILS
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Two Rivers Arts Council.
January 20th, Curtis and Loretta 7:00 PM
Fri=om Minneapolis, MN, Curtis and Loretta present a captivating evening of finely honed vocal harmonies, performed with abundant talent on an wide array of stringed instruments. From Celtic harp and mandocello, to steel ukulele and kazoo, to mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo, Curtis and Loretta will use seventy-three strings and two voices deliver an enchanting evening of contemporary original songs, traditional Celtic ballads, old-time American songs, and more.
February 17th, Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith is a songwriter and musician equally rooted in his Midwestern home and his Appalachian family heritage with a sonic palette as diverse as his influences. A former minister, Stuart began recording a series of demos in the fall and winter of 2017 following his exit from a decade in ministry. “These were me finding my voice and seeing if I had anything to say. All I knew was I wanted a change, but I didn’t know what it’d look like or if what I had in my head was any good”.
“Smith is blessed with a soothing voice that burns just right, compelling stringed instrument skills that are in the brilliant range, and thoughtful songs that offer a penetrating resonance into the human condition, all while being artful and accessible.“ -The Illinois Times
March 16th, Nathan Taylor Trio
Back by popular demand, this local guitarist tears it up mixing old blues guitar styles with the horns of Dixieland Jazz. From classic roots songs and blues from the delta to early New Orleans jazz and Nathan Taylor originals you'll sway to soulful spins on the old styles mixed with new music as they are transported to simpler times past and present. The band features Nathan Taylor on guitars, vocals and harmonica, Tom Stoner on Trumpet, and Larry Harms on Clarinet and Saxophone and was extremely well at their last performance at Hickory Ridge!
April 20th LIL Rev
Lil Rev’s shows are fast paced and fun, covering a wide range of styles from Stephen Foster songs to Delta Holler Blues to the music of Tin Pan Alley. A seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept with a flat-pick guitar, old-time banjo, or blues mandolin, he was Hohner's 1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion and was inducted into The Traditional Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. He has been described as “an immensely talented and entertaining performer (whose) concise, eloquent and witty introductions add to the fun! This man knows music, instruments, history, cultures, and most of all, how to engage and captivate an audience.”
May 18th, Chris Walz
Nationally acclaimed bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Chris Walz combines a joy of performing with a reverence for America’s musical story. Chris perfected his Scruggs-style banjo playing and guitar flatpicking at a young age as he diligently 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 banjo’s fretboard, his hard hitting grooves on the guitar or his tender melodic touch on the mandolin, Chris delivers a fulfilling performance. To top it off, Chris is an extraordinary singer, using his rich voice to buoy up a traditional ballad, a unique original composition, or a rousing ‘tear down the house’ bluegrass medley. His many years touring with bluegrass, Grammy nominated Special Consensus, honed his group and solo prowess. A natural born storyteller, Chris has a masterful presence as he weaves his songs and remembrances, one to the next, into a night of music that is not easily forgotten.
June 15th TBA
July 20th, NO SHOW Go see Forgottonia at the Hainline Theater in Macomb
August 17th TBA
September 21st TBA
October 19th Charlie Mosbrook