1985 Mounder graduate Jeff Elbel will be performing with his band Ping in the Mt. Morris band shell for the final show of the 2015 season of free concerts starting at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Jeff is a musician, songwriter and producer currently based in Wheaton, Illinois and is also a frequent journalist for publications including the Chicago Sun-Times.
He runs a recording studio called The Happy Club and is included in many bands, one of these being Jeff Elbel+Ping and is also included in Tom Sharpe’s band.
Jeff named his main band after the computer term which is when one sends a signal to another trying to establish a connection.
Ping strives to create a special connection with their audience playing their brand of original heartland rock and roll with a good groove and a rhythm and blues influence.
Ping can be anything from a trio all the way up to an eleven piece band, for which Jeff composes most of the material.
They’ve released five studio albums and will be presenting new material as a 7 piece outfit for the show.
Jeff plays guitar and sings; Mike Choby is on keyboards; Dave Dampier plays percussion; Maron Gaffron provides powerful vocals, guitar and percussion; John Blum is the drummer; Stacey Krejci sings and plays bass and John Bretzlaff plays guitar.
Local salon Polished Hair and Nails will be serving BBQ sandwiches, chips, cookies, iced tea and lemonade starting at 6 p.m., with all proceeds being donated to the Lot 12 Program through Disciples Methodist Church to be used for school supplies.
Be sure to come early and visit the Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market located in the bank parking lot at the corner of Route 64 and Wesley Ave. open every Friday through October from 4-7 p.m.
You can browse around at other craft and food vendors on the Campus too from 6 p.m. until dark.
So bring a chair or blanket and relax for a concert on the beautiful,historic Mt. Morris Campus on a lovely summer night.