Concerts :


Banjos & Bagels Band

Every Sun, 11-1, Kaufman’s Deli Skokie


Daily & Vincent

10/14 7pm Christian Church OF Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. Clarendon Hills


Fox Valley Grass

7/8   7:00 Calamity Jane's, Sugar Grove


Georgia Rae Family Band

7/13 Lake Geneva, WI. Concert in the Park

7/29 3:30 Lake County Fair/Festival Stage, Libertyville

8/3   6PM Chicago Botanical Garden

8/4 McHenry County Fair, Woodstock, IL



7/7 Tangled Roots Brewing Company, Ottawa


The Henhouse Prowlers

7/9 Frankfort Bluegrass Festival

7/14 Mary’s Place, Rockford

7/15 Bar None, Springfield



7/9 12-3 On the Rocks Lunge in Joliet


Truman’s Ridge

7/7-8 Viroqua Bluegrass/Gospel Festival

Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening Highway 14/61/27 in lovely Viroqua, WI.

7/28 Sycamore Public Library 


The General Logan Square

Bluegrass Brunch 11-3

7/1 Ben Benedict

7/8 Jay Stanek & Friends

7/15 Mountain Jargon

7/22 The Found Hounds

7/29 Homestretch Ride


Events :


7/16 Country Music Show, Taylor Street Plaza 507 E Taylor St. DeKalb, See Flyer

8/10 Sycamore Steam Show

8/20 Plano Superfest , 10:30-12:30NIBA Musicians Needed!

9/17 NIBA Picnic, Illini State Park

10/13-14 36th Old Time and Bluegrass Gathering Eden Valley Refuge 2 mi South of Baldwin, IA.


Wisconsin State Fair Fiddle and Banjo Contest

August 5th, Expo Center, Special Events Stage

Registration: Noon-1pm, Open and Junior Classes

1st -$200, 2nd-$100, 3rd- $75, 4th- $50

Banjo will immediately follow fiddle contest.


Radio :


"Strictly Bluegrass" & "When Country Wasn't Cool" broadcast Sunday & Monday; Both air from Noon - 2 pm. CT. Sunday, WCSF 88.7 FM from the Univ. of St. Francis in Joliet, Il. ; Monday on WRRG 88.9 FM from Triton College, River Grove, Il Available at Type in the call letters not the frequency


Festivals :


6/19-6/25 Dean’s Bluegrass Jams 2017 Leverton Park, Palestine, Il. Bring Lawn Chairs, Caming, water and elec. Dean Myers 618-584-3762 or Park at 618 586-2147 (Also 9/11-9/17)


6/23-25 Crazy Horse Campground “Bluegrass Music Festival” 8 miles North of Jacksonville, Il

(see Flyer for details) or

217/886-2089 for festival or camping information. 


7/2 Lightning Bug Music Festival Valparaiso, In


7/8-9 Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, Frankfort


7/14-16 Kalona, Iowa  Bluegrass Festival


8/17-20 Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival

Russiaville, In


8/18-19  Prairie Sky Music Festival, Monticello, Il.


3/1-4 2018 Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival , East Peoria




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