As mentioned previously, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have been shut out of our venue of the past 25 years, the Dickson Mounds Museum. This is absolutely the correct thing to do for time being. I had hoped that we might be able to return to the museum by late fall, but that clearly will not be the case. I am now moving Hickory Ridge Concerts to a virtual platform. As always, I'll host and open the shows, then bring on my guest (who will be in Minnesota by the way!) and do a short interview segment. After a bit of talk, they'll perform about a 45 minutes. Then, best of all, a live Q & A session with questions for our performers sent in from the audience as we talk and eat pie (we all have to provide our own pie!).Keep an eye on Hickory Ridge Concerts Facebook page for more details.
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: NEW: 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.
September 19th, 7:00 PM Central, Curtis and Loretta
I'll welcome our old friends, the award winning duo of Curtis and Loretta for our very first Live stream concert with headline performers! Performing a wide range of original and turn of the century music on a bevy of historic instruments, Curtis and Loretta feature finely honed vocal harmonies, deep traditional roots music and great originals. Seventy-three strings and two voices deliver an enchanting evening of contemporary original songs, traditional Celtic ballads, old-time American songs, and more. From Celtic harp and mandocello, to steel ukulele and kazoo, to mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo their charming stage presence is a product of nearly thirty years of living and performing together.
October 17th,7:00 PM Central, Ordinary Elephant
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery,” says Mary Gauthier. The Associated Press is calling their latest album, Honest, “one of the best Americana albums of the year.” Don't miss this show!
November 21st, 7:00 PM Central, TBA
December 19th, 7:00 PM Central, Dennis Stroughmatt
Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries.