Piper Road opens season at Sinnissippi July 14

Charlotte’s Web opens its Sinnissippi Summer Series with Piper Road Spring Band. They’ll perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St.

The players are: Al Byla, fiddle; Bob Mason, mandolin; John Widdicombe, bass; Andy Trout, guitar and vocals; and Bill Kangaroo, washboard.

This bluegrass jam band was born into the age of rock & roll with individual backgrounds as diverse as classical, cowboy, folk, blues and Dixieland. Influenced by some live performances of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band release of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” in the early 1970s, they put away the electric amps and guitars and developed a unique acoustic/bluegrass style. They never completely abandoned their musical roots and have blended Irish fiddle tunes with American country, big band, novelty and space-aged Grateful Dead-inspired jams. This band continues to swing! The performance is co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM. The Summer Series is free to all.

Wood Song in the Park at Klehm

This year, Charlotte’s Web is also handling arrangements for Wood Song in the Park at Klehm Arboretum, Sunday, July 15. Join the Midway Ramblers Cajun Band for an irresistible taste of southwest Louisiana music, from the traditions of cajun and creole to high-energy zydeaco with a little swamp thrown in for spice!

The Midway Ramblers is a lively and spirited group that knows how to entertain audiences of all kinds and ages: from Mardi Gras to festivals and park concerts, from corporate parties to educational programs. This group has played major festivals throughout the Midwest, including Taste of Chicago, Gumbo Ya Ya, and Evanston First Night, as well as many others.

For tickets (prices vary), call Klehm Arboretum at (815) 965-8146. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the concert begins at 6 p.m.

from the July 11-17, 2007, issue

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