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@ Memorial Grove Parks - Grafton, IL
Grafton’s Music in the Park is a free concert series that returns every summer to the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. These concerts are free to the public and are funded in part by the Arts and Education Council, Grafton’s Chamber of Commerce and Jersey State Bank. Performances start at 7 pm at The Grove Memorial Park and last approximately two hours. Musicians perform under the gazebo while listeners enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and majestic view of the Mississippi River. “The park is such a wonderful setting for these concerts, when the weather gets hot the shade in the park and the cool breeze coming off the river makes each concert an experience not to be missed,” said, Carla Newton, the event’s coordinator. Picnic tables and benches are available but lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Spectators are asked to bring a can or dry food donation that will be given to the Grafton Food Pantry.
June 1, 2017 - Matt Taul & Friends Six experienced musicians who share a passion for well-crafted Americana songs with a country slant have form Matt Taul and Friends. The group performs music that has a classical country feel with some rock elements woven into the chord progressions.
June 8, 2017 - The Graham Band The Graham Band featuring Graham Pagano features high-energy acoustic blues rock covers and originals with a sound like early Rolling Stones meet Stevie Ray Vaughan.
June 15, 2017 - The Outlaw Opry The Outlaw Opry is a good time band that likes to have a blast with the crowd and play some great old country music!
June 22, 2017 - Mars Needs Guitars Women may be from Venus and men may be from Mars, but this “Martian” form of entertainment is for everyone. Mars Needs Guitars specializes in High Energy Classic Rock, Electric Blues, Psychedelic Rock, and Original music.
June 29, 2017 - Jake Weber & The Lonesome Drifters Jake Weber & The Lonesome Drifters is a Classic Country/Rockabilly Trio that plays artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Wayne Hancock, Johnny Cash, and many more. They have a unique instrumentation of Upright Bass, Lap Steel/Dobro, and Rhythm Guitar with the powerful vocals of Jake Weber.
July 6, 2017 - Erin Jo Paddlefoot Erin Jo Paddlefoot from Southern IL playing some good old fiddle music and folk style tunes.
July 13, 2017 - Hymn River Suite Hymn River Suite is a group of musicians brought together by a love of country music and the muddy water of the Mississippi. from Southern IL playing some good old fiddle music and folk style tunes.
July 20, 2017 - The Owlz Band The Owlz Band plays classic rock.
July 27, 2017 - George Portz & “The Friends of Bluegrass” George Portz & “The Friends of Bluegrass” are the most versatile performing group in the area as they blend their fiery Bluegrass roots with some fine traditional Irish and Louisiana Cajun music. Their “Cajun Set” has won raves from crowds throughout the Midwest. The group’s enthusiasm, top-notch musical ability, wit, and humor always “Leave ’em wanting more!” And they always do!
August 3, 2017 - Hill Williams Band For nearly a decade the Hill Williams Band has captured the old "Honky Tonk" sound, and brought it back with much success. The members are all seasoned musicians with a love for classic country music. Performing the songs of Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Ray Price & Hank Williams. The band also adds some Rock-a-Billy, old Rock & Roll, and killer Western Swing.
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