UPCOMING SHOWS

FRIDAY OCT. 20             Walnut Street Winery               8-11            Rochester, IL

Always a pleasure to see my friends at Walnut Street. If you’re in the Springfield area, stop by. Loren and co. support blues and local and touring musicians with live music every weekend. They make their own wines and offer a full service bar, food, and…video gaming!

SATURDAY OCT. 21       Hickory Ridge Concerts     7 pm             Dickson Mounds Museum                                                                                                                                          Lewistown, IL

For this performance I’ve put together two sets of material that will take you on a musical journey from 1920s torch songs to contemporary Piedmont blues. There are always fantastic desserts available and the show will take place in the auditorium.

FRIDAY    SEP. 8                   Market Alley                                            Monmouth, IL

THURSDAY AUG. 31            Evangeline’s                                            St. Louis, MO

SATURDAY AUG. 26            Old Capitol Blues and BBQ                   Springfield, IL

SATURDAY AUG. 5            WTND FUNDRAISER @ WCI ARTS CENTER         Macomb, IL

This will be from 6 to 9. There are many acts playing and I go on at 8. Stop by the Art Center and help support local radio 106.3 WTND, a throwback to the freeform days of FM radio.

SATURDAY JULY 15               Vintage Market Festival      9:30am – 11am        Burlington, IA

This is a cool outdoor event. There will be vintage clothes and whatnot for sale as well as live music, featuring yours truly. Stop by if you’re in the area.

SUNDAY JULY 23                 Lake Hill Winery             2 – 5             Carthage, IL

I’ll be out back on the deck, overlooking the lake. It is so beautiful and relaxing there!

FRIDAY JULY 28                   Market Alley Wines         5:30 – 7:00          Monmouth, IL

By Jove, if you haven’t been to Market Alley yet, you are missing out! Seriously…

 

THURSDAY JUNE 15             WCI Arts Center                     6 pm                 Macomb, IL

I’ve just been added to the show. I’ll be with the John Byrne Band as they make their way across the midwest.

SATURDAY MAY 13                Olive Wine Bar                      7:30 – 9:30       Burlington, IA

Olive Wine Bar is a terrific place. There’s good food and drink, and always live music. The folks there have organized some outdoor music, food, and art festivals for the summer. I’ll be playing one of them (details later). Check out their page to see what’s going on. I highly recommend it.

THURSDAY MAY 18            Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe           7:00 – 9:00          Virginia, IL

SATURDAY MAY 20             Macomb Blues Festival                                        Macomb, IL

I’ll be leading a workshop on Piedmont blues at 10 am, then playing a set at 2 pm. This is a great event at Veteran’s Park. Also appearing will be Charlie Hayes.

FRIDAY APRIL 14              Walnut Street Winery             8:00 – 11:00       Rochester, IL

Here are my shows for March. Hope to see you at some of them. Looks like I’ll be doing a lot of driving this month.

FRIDAY MARCH 10          Olive Wine Bar                      7:30-9:30    Burlington, IA

SATURDAY MARCH 18       PRIVATE EVENT

FRIDAY MARCH 24           Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ       8-11     Bellevue, IA

SATURDAY MARCH 25     Geneseo Brewing Co.                   8-11       Geneseo, IL

FRIDAY MARCH 3             Brick Arch Winery                     6:30-8:30     West Branch, IA

FRIDAY  FEB. 24               Walnut Street Winery                     8-11:00        Rochester, IL

SATURDAY  FEB. 25          Market Alley Wines                       5:30-7:00    Monmouth, IL

2017 begins with two shows at two of my favorite places. Some of my first shows were with these guys, and it’s always a pleasure to come back.

FRIDAY DEC. 16                   Vineria Wine Shop                         6:30 – 8:30    Cedar Rapids. IA

I’m continuing my march northward as I make my way to Cedar Rapids. The owner of Vineria is a certified sommelier and they serve tapas and other delights!

SATURDAY  NOV. 12               Geneseo Brewing Co.                         8:00-11:00   Geneseo, IL

Geneseo Brewing Co. is a new place for me. I’d like to see my friends from Utica and Bellevue stop by. This is a cool place that brews its own beers, has a killer menu, and actively supports local music.

FRIDAY NOV. 4                         Walnut Street Winery                       8:00-11:00    Rochester, IL

FRIDAY  OCT. 14                       August Hill Winery                           4:30-7:30      Utica, IL

Utica is near Starved Rock State Park. I was just there this summer and it is beautiful. Utica is a cool little town with a lot going on, and I’m stoked to be playing there.

FRIDAY OCT. 21                       Walnut Street Winery                   8:30-11:30          Rochester, IL

SATURDAY OCT. 22               Benefit Concert for Janet Laurent     5 pm          Macomb VFW

Playing with TRIPL3SWITCH. There will be an auction to raise money for our friend Janet. Check out the link above for more details.

THURSDAY OCT. 27                Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe                      7-9            Virginia, IL

It’s deja vu all over again! Had such a great time they had me back. More dates there to follow!

THURSDAY SEPT. 29             Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe                      7-9            Virginia, IL

A former drugstore/cafe on the square in Virginia, IL. It’s now a cafe serving amazing meals, drinks, and it’s ground zero for the annual BBQ festival. Plus live music every Thursday. A very cool place!

TUESDAY AUGUST 16           McDonough Power Co.               (Private Event)

FRIDAY AUGUST 19              Buchanan Center for the Arts        5-7            Monmouth, IL

FRIDAY AUGUST 5                Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ            8-11          Bellevue, IA

This is a really cool place. A beautiful restaurant and performance space has been built in a 170 year old restored grist mill. They’ve come up with a great menu-think New Orleans meets Memphis-and they have the best musicians lining up to play. Friday I get my chance! If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out, it’s amazing.

WEDNESDAY  JULY 27       Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House   7-10       St Louis, MO

FRIDAY JULY 29                    Walnut Street Winery             8:30-11:30          Rochester, IL

WEDNESDAY  JUNE 8          Macomb Brown Bag Concerts          noon         Macomb, IL

FRIDAY  JUNE 10            WCI Arts Center with John Byrne Band     7:30      Macomb, IL

SATURDAY  JUNE 18            Walnut Street Winery                8:30 – 11:30        Rochester, IL

SUNDAY  JUNE 19                 St. Nicholas Brewing Co.          12:30 – 3:30        Du Quoin, IL

FRIDAY  JUNE 24                   Market Alley Wines                   5:30 – 7:00         Monmouth, IL

SATURDAY, MAY 21                 MACOMB BLUES FEST          10 am                  Macomb, IL

I’ll be leading a workshop on Piedmont Blues, and playing a set on the main stage around 2:30. I think this will become an annual event for Macomb, and I’m thrilled to be part of the very first one. Come on down and partake, if you please.

FRIDAY, MAY 13                      Walnut Street Winery            8:30 – 11:30        Rochester, IL

SATURDAY, MAY 14               Rhythm Kitchen                      8:00 – 11:00        Peoria, IL

SUNDAY,  MAY 15                  Lake Hill Winery                      2:00 – 5:00         Carthage, IL

Three shows in a row! Two new places for me, the Rhythm Kitchen and Lake Hill Winery. I’m super excited! Also, I’ll be playing outside-Walnut Street Winery has a beautiful stage and Lake Hill a sweet deck with a view of the lake. Please stop by and hang out with me!

SATURDAY, APRIL 30            Market Alley Wines               5:30 – 7:00        Monmouth,  IL

Some spots just seem to get everything right. I don’t know if it’s dumb luck or some weird magic, but Market Alley is one of them, and one of the best places I play. It’s a lot like Walnut Street Winery-good people, good drinks, great times. Nice atmosphere and just a real nice, comfortable place to relax and have fun. Come up and see this Saturday!

SATURDAY, APRIL 16           Walnut Street Winery           8:30 – 11:30       Rochester, IL

My favorite new place! These guys and gals treat me like a…King. Always the best live Blues. In the summer they will open their beer garden complete with a pro stage and sound system. There is also a Bocce Ball court, and inside they’ve opened a new gaming room. The people here are really nice and actively support Blues and local music, so please stop by anytime and have a drink and say hi at the full service bar!

SATURDAY, APRIL 9            East Side Inc.                            8:30 – 12:30     Virginia, IL

A new place for me, on the way to Springfield. Virginia is a cool little town with a lot of stuff going on. Join me for four sets of Piedmont blues at the East Side!

SATURDAY, MARCH 26    Walnut Street Winery           8:00-11:00       Rochester, IL

Back again to the most happen-est place outside of Springfield. I had a lot of fun last time I played here. They just added a gaming room next to the bar area. Relax with some wine, or enjoy the full bar and maybe win some cash. Always the best blues artists playing weekends.

APRIL SHOWS

I have a lot coming up for April, including a new place for me to play and a cool event at the Old Bailey House in Macomb. More details as the dates get closer!

SATURDAY APRIL 9           East Side Inc.                      8:30-12:30           Virginia, IL

SATURDAY APRIL 16         Walnut Street Winery       8:00-11:00         Rochester, IL

SATURDAY APRIL 23         Old Bailey House                 TBA                     Macomb, IL

SATURDAY APRIL 30        Market Alley Wines            5:30-7:00          Monmouth, ILThursday,

February 18     Evangeline’s                         7-10 pm             St. Louis, MO

I’m very excited to be playing here at this beautiful bistro and listening room in St. Louis MO. It’s a New Orleans inspired bistro that features entertainment by incredible musicians from all across the USA. Visit them online to see what I mean and then come see me there on the 18th!

Friday, February 12    Walnut Street Winery

A really cool place just south of Springfield, IL in Rochester IL. I’ll be playing from 8-11 and of course I’ll have copies of the my new CD for sale.

Saturday January 30  New Copperfield’s Book Service

At 1:00 I’ll be having my CD release party there. Kevin Nichols will be playing drums with me on some songs (He appears on the CD). I’ll be performing the entire CD which I’ll be selling. There will be food and soft drinks and it’s an all ages event. Come celebrate the release of my debut CD!

Wednesday December 16

I’ve just added a show I’m really excited about! Wednesday December 16 I’ll be at CRU in Davenport Iowa. It’s a very cool wine bar and I’ll be playing from 8 till 11. Stop by, Iowa friends!

Cru Wine Bar

This Saturday I’m at the last Macomb Farmers Market of the year, from 10am -noon. Here are some other shows to close out the year:

Friday November 13   Market Alley Wines

Friday December 4th  Hillside Inn

MOON OVER MACOMB

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Held in coordination with the season’s last Farmer’s Market, Moon Over Macomb will delight the whole family! Pick up fall flowers, gourds, baked goods and Halloween pumpkins while playing a variety of games and activities.  Moon Over Macomb will also feature a Costume Parade, all taking place downtown at 7:00 am-1:00 pm. I’ll be playing the shiny metal guitar.

SATURDAY AUGUST 22            MACOMB FARMERS MARKET

9:30 – 11:30

Since school started, I’ve been getting up and walking the kids to school. So I will be ready to go at the ungodly hour of 9:30 AM. Why? Because the market is worth it! Always a fun gig. Any chance you get to sing on a street corner should be taken. I used to play on South Street in Philly when I was a teenager, a tradition I now continue. Except now the cops don’t make me leave, and nobody tries to beat me up. I must be getting better.

SUNDAY JULY 12                       BAXTER’S VINEYARD AND WINERY

3:00 – 6:00 pm                             Nauvoo, IL

Back in beautiful Nauvoo. This is the perfect destination for a day trip. Especially now that it’s summer. The sunset over the Mississippi, the frogs singing, the scent of the earth…Then head up the road to Baxter’s for a pint or two, or some wine from their own vineyard, while King Neptune sings music from the golden era of acoustic blues. This is as good as it gets!

SATURDAY JULY 11                   MACOMB FARMERS MARKET

7:00 am – 1:00 pm                       MACOMB, IL

Yes, I know I typed 7 am. That’s when the market begins. I start playing at a more reasonable 10 am. So please bring me strong black coffee, no sugar. This is the Market’s 40th anniversary. That’s a lot of carrot cake! To celebrate, there will be activities for kids, a bouncy house, and lunch vendors as well as the fruit and produce stands. I played the market a lot last year, and got to know the folks involved. It will be nice to catch up. I can personally vouch for the quality of food, and friendliness of everyone associated with the Market. They do a superlative job! I’m happy to be part of it!                       PS Please like me on Facebook!

WEDNESDAY JULY 8                 MARKET ALLEY FESTIVAL DAYS

11:30 – 1:00 pm                           MONMOUTH, IL

Each summer, the beautiful town of Monmouth IL (birthplace of Wyatt Earp) puts on a concert series in the historic Market Alley, just off the town square. This Wednesday I’ll be playing for the lunchtime crowd, and Danny’s Tap and Grille will have food available. There are plenty of nice chairs and tables with umbrellas to keep you cool while you enjoy lunch. Special thanks to Frontier Communications for being our sponsor! And please check out and like my Facebook page!

FRIDAY  JUNE  19th                    MARKET ALLEY WINES

5:30 – 7:00                                   MONMOUTH, IL

End the week, or start the weekend (your choice), at Market Alley.  It’s a wine shop with a wine bar in the back, and when you walk in it’s a party in progress and you’re invited.  Seriously, this is a great place to unwind, either at the bar or on one of the plush sofas they have around. They now carry Scotch as well, importing a wide variety of brands and blends.

SAT.  JUNE 13th                           HILL SIDE INN

7:00 – 10:00                                  FT. MADISON, IA

Oh yeah, this will be a hot one, folks! PLEASE join me at the Hill Side because we have so much fun there I don’t want anyone to miss out! I promise you’ll have a large time!

WED.  JUNE 3rd.                            Chandler Park

Noon – 1:00

As part of the Brown Bag Concert Series, I will be playing in the park, in the gazebo at Chandler Park, in beautiful, verdant,  Macomb IL. My pal Kevin Hurst will be joining me onstage and playing blues harp on half the songs. He sounds great and I can’t wait to see what you all think! The concert series started today and I went down to see my friends Barnyard Blue kick the season off. Great sound and a nice big crowd on a perfect summer day!

FRI. APRIL 24th                              Market Alley Wines

5:30 – 7:00

Come on down to beautiful Monmouth IL and join me at my home away from home. Enjoy wine, beer, or something from their Scotch collection. I’m told they have one of the top selections in the state!

SAT. FEBRUARY 28th                     New Coperfield’s Book Service

  1:00 – 3:00                                    120 North Side Square

Macomb IL

This will be a fun event! New Copperfield’s is a book store and unofficial community center of Macomb. Every Friday there is an open jam session, and they also host featured performers. I, along with Dennis Devolder, will be leading a blues jam. I’ll also be presenting a Piedmont fingerpicking workshop. I’ll be teaching some finger patterns that will get you on your way to playing Piedmont style blues. It’s free-just bring a guitar. I’ll have tabs you can take home and practice.

FRI. FEBRUARY 13th                       Market Alley

5:30-7:00                                         59 Public Square
                                                            Monmouth, IL 

Every time I play at Market Alley, I feel like I’m walking in on a party. The bar is hopping, and I’ve already made a bunch of really cool friends there. Up front there are tables with big comfy chairs to cozy up in, and always something going on entertainment wise. If there’s a reason I enjoy playing wine bars, this place is it. Come hang out with me-it’s Friday the 13th, I’ll keep you safe and sing my luckiest blues!

SAT. FEBRUARY 14th                      The Wine Barrel at Baxter’s Vineyard and Winery
7ish -9ish                                         2010 East Parley Street
                                                          Nauvoo, IL

Baxter’s is located in beautiful Nauvoo, IL. In the summer musicians play outside on the deck, where you can enjoy wine and beer in the sunshine. In winter, the music moves indoors to The Wine Barrel, a new and very cool addition to the winery. This is also the time of year that hundreds of Bald Eagles gather and fish on the Mississippi river, just down the road from the winery. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. That alone is a good reason to visit Baxter’s. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ll be playing all my Bessie Smith songs, as well as my favorite relationship themed blues, which I guess is pretty much all of them.

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