Friday September 17th
6:30-7:45pm- Cornfield Mafia
Cornfield Mafia is a blend of that down home traditional story-telling, mixed in with some classic rock and soul sounds. Featuring the vocals of John Suter, the band has produced 3 EP’s, and are currently working on a full CD release.
The band has performed their brand of country music while opening for national performers, such as, John Rich, Randy Houser, Easton Corbin, Phil Vassar, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, Lo Cash Cowboys, Trick Pony, Jeff Bates, John Michael Montgomery, Jason Michael Carroll, and Confederate Railroad.
8-9:30pm- The Van Dells
In 2021, The Van-Dells will be celebrating 47 years of entertaining audiences of all ages with their unique blend of comedy, choreography and tight harmonies. The Van-Dells have been called “The 3 Stooges set to music”.
There are three main characters in the show are Duke, Mark and Moose. Each one is a lead singer and each brings a different dimension to the show. The Van-Dells begin their show representing the last graduating class of Van-Dell High School that closed down in 1958.
Stacy P. Todd, better known as Duke, is the no-nonsense tough guy. Duke never smiles and is the brunt of most of the jokes. He keeps the band in line so that things don’t get out of hand and the show can continue. He is happy as long as the show runs smooth. Duke got his name from doing The Duke Of Earl. Duke is an original member that began in 1974. He has been with The Van-Dells for 47 years.
Mark Barnett is the comedian and the nerd of the group . He gives Duke a hard time throughout the comedy portion of the show. His goal is to make Duke smile. He, ad libs every night to accomplish his goal. Mark specialty segment is Roy Orbison Tribute. Mark joined in 1980. He traveled with “The Vogues” for several years before joining The Van-Dells. This year Mark celebrates his 41st year.
We were pleased to welcome back Steve “Moose” Ricks to the group 5 years ago. Steve is an original member of The Van-Dells. He has returned to reprise his role as the loveable, educationally-challenged jock. He and Mark gang up on Duke with their antics and special brand of comedy. Their goal is to make Duke laugh. In the second half of the show, “Moose” transforms into Steve and delivers a must see Elvis.
The Van-Dells are a tribute to the 50’s and 60’s. The show begins in the 50’s. Dressed in letter sweaters, The Van-Dells hit the stage running with songs like At The Hop and Morse Code of Love, along with Doo Wop favorites and never slow down. The non-stop show continues with “Glitter and Gold” that made the 1960’s famous. The audience will be taken on a nostalgic trip through time reliving the magical era.
Depending on the show, one or more of the “special guest stars” will appear.
Duke Of Earl Roy Orbison Elvis Ray Charles and others.
The Van-Dells appeal to audiences of all ages with a family show containing music that appeals to everyone. They are comedy, choreography and good harmony. The Van-Dells are “The Nations #1 Rock N’ Roll Review”.
The Van-Dells consist of eleven people, three vocalists that front the show. Five piece band (Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums & Saxophone). Three on the crew to operate the sound and lighting and handle merchandising. We are totally self-contained with lights and sound, if needed. We can create a show to suit your needs. The show is charted to add a horn section to the show, if your needs require it.
For more information about The Van-Dells, check out our website and promo DVD at:
Saturday September 18, 2021
12:30-1:45pm- Andy Reuter
Andy Rueter is an American country music singer song writer. His musical influences are vast, from country to funk. He has played guitar for 35 years.
Andy first started singing at the age of 11. His early experiences in local bands and opening fo mainstream country performers over the past eighteen years has shaped his upfront yet easy listening style. Andy has opened for several Main Street artists such as Aaron Tippin, Hal Ketchum, Julie Roberts, Jason Michael Carrol, Josh Turner, Tracy Byrd, Sara Evans, Darrell Worrely, Sammy Kershaw, Thompson Square, and Sawyer Brown.
2-4PM- The Dicky James Band
The Dicky James Band is three piece blues band members consist of Dicky James, Washboard Shorty and John Stith
6:30-7:45pm- Trouble and Co.
Singing together since elementary school, Trouble & Company, Joe Nave, Chris Perry, and Laif Burns hail from Martinsville, Illinois. Trouble & Company took their love of music and began performing in 1994 for festivals, fairs, parties and weddings. Trouble & Company are award-winning scatters, vocalists and a state fair award-winning group performing a variety of old rock-and-roll and country. Trouble & Company choreograph their own dances. Their award-winning vocals have taken them to Carnegie Hall in New York City, New Orleans, Louisville Riverboat, and across Indiana and Illinois.
8-9:30pm- The Dugger Band
Sunday September 19, 2021
11:00-11:45pm- Rev. Robert & Washboard Shorty
12-2pm- Morry Sochat & The Special 20’s
Morry Sochat and The Special 20’s are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.
Morry Sochat (pronounced Socket) moved to Chicago from Texas in 1990. He started playing harmonica in 2000, taking lessons from renowned teacher, Joe Filisko at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He played with The Shakes and Tongue & Groove before starting The Special 20s in 2005. Their first, self-titled release, recorded in 2006, was received with great reviews, taking the 20s from playing one or two nights a month to constant bookings all over the city. Morry has been playing around the city learning from the greats in Chicago, playing with Dave Specter, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck.
In 2007, Sochat took the next step and went out on his own. He hired some of the best musicians in Chicago to round out The Special 20s. In 2008, they returned to the studio to record a new CD. The recording Swingin’ Shufflin’ Smokin’ was produced by Nick Moss and featured Ted Beranis, Kenny Smith, Dave Ross, Nick Krebs, Shoji Naito, and Jim St. Marie. The CD was also met with rave reviews. This opened up doors for the band across the US.
In 2010 Morry took the band back to the studio to release Eatin’ Dirt. The CD was produced by Jimmy Sutton, and features 10 original songs. The band has grown in both skill level and size, adding a horn section on a lot of the songs. Eating’ Dirt was a sound expansion for the band. It was the first CD that brought in the horn section. The recording featured the line up of Marty Binder, Doug Corcoran, Shoji Naito, Chris Neal, Jim St. Marie and Ted Beranis. It has special guests Billy Flynn, Dave Hererro, and Brother John on the CD. The sound is vintage with a modern feel.