Mother Nature smiles big time on second Jamboree

MT. MORRIS — All it took was mile temperatures, a nice breeze, and classic tunes to bring a large crowd out to the second installment of Mt. Morris’ Jamboree concert series on Friday.

Generation played classic rock tunes from the Warren Reckmeyer Bandshell, located on the downtown campus.

“The weather is absolutely perfect,” said Larry Ubben, organizer. “What a great night.”

The free concert series continues each Friday night through the summer.

Next up, is Grass Attack on June 24, at 7 p.m.

“Grass Attack plays a range of styles from Folk and Country to Newgrass and Bluegrass, regularly performing at a variety of festivals, county fairs, park concerts and wineries in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin,” said Ubben. “Randy Tacket plays lead guitar and banjo. Jeff and Liz Wagner play banjo and guitar. and mandolin and guitar, respectively. All sing lead and harmony vocals. Bruce Rittschof plays bass and rhythm guitar.”

Concessions for the evening will be provided by Hector’s Cocina, serving Mexican food and drinks, starting at 6 p.m.

“Please bring a chair or blanket or enjoy our benches and plan to join us on our beautiful and historic Campus in the center of town for what promises to be a fantastic family friendly concert,” Ubben said.

In the event of rain, the whole event moves to Pinecrest Grove Community Center at 500 Evergreen Lane at the same times.

StingRays July 1

Chicago’s Oldie’s Rock and Roll Band, The StingRays, will perform on July 1, from 7-9 p.m.

“Everyone fortunate enough to see previous shows by this exciting and engaging act will fondly remember the dynamic stage presence of this wonderful band and will attest to the ‘do not miss’ grade level of their show,” said Ubben. “The StingRays play the greatest music ever written and play it with the energy, passion and authenticity of the artists whose music they love.”

Ubben said the StingRays love interacting with audiences through trivia, dance contests and even joining people in the audience.

“The StingRays always get the crowd dancing and singing to songs from Rockabilly -- tons of sixties -- to the 70s,” he said.

Concessions for the evening will be provided by the Ogle County Beef Producers and Hector’s Corn Roaster. The Let Freedom Ring Committee will be serving root beer floats. All from 6-8 p.m.

It’s opening night of the four day Let Freedom Ring Festival, adding much more to the already festive atmosphere. The Jonas Fultz Memorial Car Show will be happening on the North end of the Campus that night, from 5-8 pm, signup at 4pm. There will also be a 50′s and 60′s costume contest with winners announced at 8pm and the craft fair will be happening at the North end of the Campus from 5-9.

Please bring a blanket or chair, or enjoy the new benches and join the fun on our beautiful, historic campus in the center of Mt. Morris, two blocks south of Rt. 64 on Wesley Ave and enjoy the free Rock & Roll concert. In the event of rain, the whole show moves to the Pinecrest Grove Community Center, located at 500 Evergreen Ln., 7 blocks south of Rt. 64 on McKendrie St. at the same times.

Earleen Hinton

Earleen oversees production and content of 9 community weeklies and has worked for Shaw Newspapers since 1985.