First Fridays welcomes autumn in Oregon Nov. 7

Pete Salstrom of Oregon is a master of virtually every stringed instrument ever made, a talent that has significantly advanced his musical career as he studies for a “day job” as an MD.
Pete Salstrom of Oregon is a master of virtually every stringed instrument ever made, a talent that has significantly advanced his musical career as he studies for a “day job” as an MD.

By Ron Colson

OREGON, Illinois — First Fridays will welcome autumn with the same gusto that it shares with the rest of the year. First Fridays’ live music at the Oregon VFW is always in season. Starting at 7 p.m., Nov. 7, the best musicians in the region gather and each musician (or band) will take 15 minutes at center stage, and 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 shows in Franklin Grove.

As always, the VFW will feature an extensive menu of food and beverage. Admission is by free-will donation.

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

Posted Nov. 5, 2014

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