Gurler Folk Music Fest set for June 18 in DeKalb
This summer marks the 11th Annual Gurler Heritage Association (GHA) Folk Music Fest, set for noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 18, on the shady lawn of the historic Gurler House, 205 Pine St., DeKalb, Ill.
The event will feature four performances: Dave Balika and Friends from noon to 12:45 p.m.; The Old Time Country & Blues Revue from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; Barb City Stompers from 2 to 2:45 p.m.; and The Berrymans from 3 to 4:45 p.m.
Headliners Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than 35 years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced 16 albums and three songbooks of their original and hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound, songs, and have toured the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere.
In addition to the performers, a food tent featuring Chicago-style hot dogs, chips, home-baked treats and cold drinks will also be offered.
The family-friendly, open-air event is free and open to the public, although donations to support the historic house will be accepted.
An on-site 50-50 raffle, sale of commemorative buttons and T-shirts, and a local artists’ market will also be featured. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St., DeKalb.
For more information, call (815) 758-4897 or visit http://gurlerhouse.org.
From the June 15-21, 2011 issue
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