Mt. Morris features Friday night shows at band shell

June 13, 2012

Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers perform Friday, June 15.

Online Staff Report

MT. MORRIS, Ill. — The Village of Mt. Morris has expanded its schedule of performances for the band shell in its historic downtown campus.

In addition to the renowned Kable Concert Bands Wednesday night concerts under the direction of esteemed conductor Warren Reckmeyer, providing more than 100 consecutive years of well-received and masterfully executed music, Friday night shows from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature some of the finest, mostly local bands in northern Illinois.

Friday night acts will offer a range of musical styles, including classic to contemporary country, rock and roll, roots, swing, reggae and fusion.

Ice cream, popcorn and drinks will be available during the show, provided by Johnson’s General Store.

Following is the Friday night music schedule:

June 15 — Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers (country)

June 22 — Bootleg Flyers (classic rock)

July 13 — Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers (country)

July 20 — Todd Anthony Joos and the Revelators (Christian rock)

July 27 — Bobby Messano (blues rock)

Aug. 10 — Second Wind (country)

Aug. 17 — The Jim Kanas Trio (roots, folk, swing)

Aug. 24 — Matter Of Fact (reggae, rock)

Aug. 31 — TBA

Sept. 14 — Beaker Street 4.0 (blues, rock, fusion)

Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers

The 1950s was a great year for a young singer and two brothers as they formed the band Rhythm Ramblers.

The young singer was none other than Lyle Grobe of Polo, Ill. The two brothers were Dick and Harry Hackbarth from Dixon, Ill. These three played throughout the Ogle and Lee county area, showcasing the cover hits at the time of the great country and western songs.

Grobe later became a disc jockey for what is now River Country 101.7 out of Dixon, but at the time was known as WIXN.

Grobe sang a tribute song for the Dixon Petunia Festival, “It’s Petunia Time in Dixon.” He kept the love of music alive continuing to play and adding and deleting to his band throughout the years.

Grobe became the owner of the Skyline Lounge in Dixon. This establishment brought in many country/western performs of the ’70s-’80s. He continues to bring his music to the stage and does so with the garage pickin’ musicians. These musicians are Frank Evans, lead guitarist from Rock Falls; Dennis Melby, drummer of Sterling; Marv Kunde, bass guitarist of Oregon; Ray Ford, rhythm guitarist of Polo; and Lisa Grobe, female singer of Sterling.

When time permits, Lyle has guest performers come to the stage, and many times Diane Palmer has gotten up to sing some of the Queen of Country Music renditions. Diane is the daughter of the original Rhythm Ramblers Dick Hackbarth.

Posted June 13, 2012

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