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MT. MORRIS, Ill. — The downtown bandshell in Mt. Morris, Ill., will come alive from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 27, when the legendary Bobby Messano takes the stage.
Studio and live guitarist/singer Messano has garnered eight first-round Grammy nominations, released five contemporary blues CDs, placed songs in major TV and cable shows on CBS, ABC, VH1, MTV and CMT, and had songs held by Eric Clapton and others.
Over the years, Messano has played on more than 50 major-label and indie albums, and his played has been heard on everything from the MTV jingle and the MTV Basement Tapes to Benny Mardones’ smash hit, “Into the Night.”
The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 1960s hit act, The Shadows of Knight.
In live performances, Messano has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and more. He is now living just outside of New York City and commutes to Nashville, Tenn., where he has played guitar for chart-topping country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.
Messano has played or co-headlined BAMFEST, Blues At The Beach, The Charlston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel,Summerfest, the Charlotte Speed Street and Blues Brews & BBQ. He continues to play 100 to 150 shows a year.
Messano’s 2003 CD, Holdin’ Ground, garnered a first-round Grammy nod for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and his first live CD, Live in Madison, was released in 2010 and also received a first-round Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
The follow-up CD, “that’s why i don’t sing the blues,” was released July 7, 2011, and has had airplay on more than 250 radio stations worldwide, garnered incredible press and six first-round Grammy ballots in four categories (Best Blues Album, Album of The Year, Song of The Year x2 and Record of The Year x2).” The album was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks.
Messano is not new to Mt. Morris, as he performed for the DD Palooza held at the Mt. Morris Moose Family Center in 2011 and will be doing so again Saturday, July 28, as the DD Palooza is held again to benefit a local organization — Earth Angels.
A free-will donation will be collected at the bandshell with proceeds to go to next year’s summer concerts. Johnson’s Discount General will be providing refreshments during the concert. A farmers’ market has been started and is looking for more vendors. For information, contact Diane Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in running concessions during a concert, contact Diane to be placed on the schedule.
Upcoming concerts will be Second Wind, a country band, Aug. 10; the Jim Kanas Trio playing roots, folk and swing Aug. 17; Matter of Fact will bring reggae and rock Aug. 24; Changing Frequencies will entertain Aug. 31; Beaker Street 4.0 will bring blues, rock and fusion to the stage Sept. 14; and the season concludes with hometown boy David Warkins and his band offering country music.
Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, family and friends and enjoy Friday nights in Mt. Morris on the Campus. The Kable Concert Band also performs at the bandshell every Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m.
Posted July 26, 2012