One more summer music night at the Oregon VFW Sept. 5

Dixon’s Rick Munson and his 12-string guitar are rapidly making the transition from enthusiastic audience member to skilled stage performer for First Fridays’ fans at the Oregon VFW.
Dixon’s Rick Munson and his 12-string guitar are rapidly making the transition from enthusiastic audience member to skilled stage performer for First Fridays’ fans at the Oregon VFW.

By Ron Colson

OREGON, Illinois — Labor Day will be gone, but summer entertainment carries on at the Oregon VFW with First Fridays’ live music. Starting at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, the best musicians in the region gather and each musician (or band) will take 15 minutes at center stage. That format will continue until each group has been featured.

After the individual performances, all of the musicians will gather on stage for a jam session to wrap up the evening’s festivities.

Talented musicians from across northern Illinois, and often neighboring states, appear on a regular basis. The music often described as New Folk or Americana is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Instruments are all acoustic, and a professional sound system is supplied. Participation is encouraged, so bring your instrument and join the show, or kick back and just enjoy the music.

First Fridays is a part of northern Illinois’ Friday night music scene, along with Second Fridays in Lanark, Third Fridays in Franklin Grove, and special Fifth Friday (when they occur) shows in Franklin Grove.

Once again, the VFW will feature an extensive menu of quality food and beverages. Admission is by free-will donation. Bring a friend and enjoy some great music.

The Oregon VFW Club is at 1310 W. Washington St., on Illinois Route 64 at the west edge of Oregon, Illinois.

Posted Sept. 3, 2014

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