Summer Concert Series July 28--Steve Davis, Memories of Elvis

CONGRATULATIONS 

Steve Davis for being inducted into the Elvis Impersonator Hall of Fame 


Steve Davis’s show Memories of Elvis is ever popular for local audiences. Davis appears in full Elvis attire and sings many of the classics that made him a household name in the 50’s and 60’s.  Steve Davis, who does Memories of Elvis, all over the United States is especially a favorite of this area of which he is a native.  His repertoire stands unmatched as the largest of any Elvis impressionist.



The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series July 21---Fireproof Band (Contemporary Christian Pop)


Fireproof UMC was formed at an annual planning meeting of the United Methodist Church of Gillespie in 2012. A praise band ministry was one of the topics discussed, and on the hearts of musicians in the church. Consisting of long time area musicians; Gay Farrar-keyboards/vocals, Phil Claro-guitar/vocals, Jeff Nehls-guitar/vocals, Jim Allen-bass/sound and Jim Savant-drums/vocals and featuring vocalists Allison Beckett, Edie Friese and Deanna Claro. Inspired by Christian radio like Joy FM, Fireproof UMC plays contemporary Christian pop, their mission is to make a joyful noise for God.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series July 14—The Fundamentals (Pop/Rock, Oldies, Motown, Classics)

 
The Fundamentals present a blend of music that combines pop/rock oldies, rhythm & blues/Motown, party classics, and variety. Featuring veteran musicians and vocalists, the group can provide listening and dancing music for many different entertainment settings.

Illinois and Missouri area music lovers may be familiar with Fundamentals members' other successful groups: Rusty Halo, the band for the 55 KUSA Roadshow w/Frank O’Pinion; or The Boomers, a dance/show band which performed at many corporate and private events in the St. Louis metro area and throughout Central Illinois. Featuring bassist Kevin Leitheiser and keyboardist Sandy Leitheiser, those groups have opened shows for B. J. Thomas, The Chi-Lites, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Paul Robi Platters, and Bertie Higgins . Now joined by guitarist Rick Gasparin and drummer Gary Morris, The Fundamentals continue the tradition of quality performances.

The Springfield, Illinois' weekly social/entertainment newspaper, The Illinois Times, has selected The Fundamentals as their "IT" pick on eight different occasions.


The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series July 7—Scrap Iron and Gold (Bluegrass and Gospel)


Returning for their second Summer Concert Series, Scrap Iron and Gold is a bluegrass and gospel band consisting of seven members.  The members of the band are:  Doug Glenn, banjo; Brenda Oberle, keyboard and vocals; Rick Calvert, lead guitar and lead vocal; Sondra Stallman, fiddle; Ron Lawrence, founder of the band, mandolin and vocals; Sandy Leithauser, keyboard and vocals; and Andy Ritchie, 12 string guitar and vocals.

Scrap Iron and Gold was founded in the spring of 2009 by Ron Lawrence who had always longed for a “family band.”  Ron and his “Scrap Iron” bluegrass and gospel buddies won first place at the county fair that summer when they played “I’ll Fly Away.”

Soon three ladies were introduced into the band on vocals, keyboards and fiddle. The ladies, not wanting to be called “Scrap Iron” soon added the name of “Gold” to the mix . This mix of four men and three ladies discovered the “Scrap Iron and Gold” sound. This sound consists of fiery banjo tunes, gospel favorites, novelty songs, sounds of the civil war on fiddle and patriotic favorites.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series June 30—B & B Strings (Acoustic Trio of Classic Rock & Country)


 New to the Summer Concert Series this year, B&B Strings is an acoustic trio consisting of two acoustic guitars and a bass guitar based in Litchfield and Hillsboro, IL.  Ben Pulley and Bob Smith were the original members starting as a duo in early 2012.  Roy Rubenstein made it a trio in early 2012. 

All three members sing and contribute harmonies to vocals. They play a wide variety of music, from classic rock to country classics that are popular and recognizable, always working within acoustic harmony arrangements.


The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series June 23---The SteamRollers (Blues and Classic Rock)


The Steamroller Band is a St. Louis, MO Classic Rock and Blues band. It is well known in the Metro-East area as well.  The band members (Julie Blank - keyboards and vocals, Greg Blank - Bass and Vocals, Chris Letrello - Drums and Vocals, and Rich Kasznel - Guitar and Vocals) have years (decades!) of experience playing in the St. Louis area. The band has created a unique mix of music and with excellent sound control - and volume control! - providing an ideal musical event for any venue.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series June 16—River Ramblers (Original Bluegrass)


The River Ramblers are a five piece Bluegrass band that hails from areas surrounding Springfield IL. The group assembled in 1987 with the commitment to maintaining the traditional bluegrass sound.  If you’re familiar with the music of Bluegrass icons such as Monroe, Stanley, Flatt & Scruggs, you will recognize nearly every tune this band performs.  To date, the group has issued three recordings which include mostly traditional songs combined with some original tunes.

Don Randle is a computer wizard by day and plays upright bass on the side.  Don also is an accomplished banjo player and occasionally the Ramblers will sneak in a banjo tune featuring Don.   

Jennifer Ramm came to the area from Michigan and quickly found a way to put her fiddling talents to use.  She has been with the group since 1993 and provides striking lead and harmony vocals as well.  Jennifer added to the band’s sound, the “final touch” necessary to bluegrass music.  She is known throughout the area for hosting the local PBS Bluegrass radio show on Sunday evenings. 

Mike Smith joined the group in the early years as a bass player and converted to banjo when the original banjo player moved on.  Mike was raised in Arkansas where he first acquired an affinity for Bluegrass.  He now resides in central Illinois where he continues to enhance his “Croweish” banjo licks.  Mike has also developed his own design of “Kat eyz” banjo bridges in recent years and has enjoyed much success producing and marketing them around the world.

The position of guitar is filled by Marc Bourne, a central Illinois native.  He is one of the remaining original members of the band and is enjoying continued opportunities to learn the music and instrumentation.  Marc also contributes lead and back-up vocals along with providing the “straight man” target of Duane’s big country humor.

Duane Patterson is the founder of the group.  He came to the area from Kentucky which is, as you know, “The Bluegrass State”, and could not leave his roots behind.  He soon had the group in place and has since always played the role of band promoter.  Duane provides most of the lead vocals and plays a “Monroe - like” bold style of Mandolin.  There is seldom a dull moment when he is on the stage (or off-stage for that matter). 

Duane and the River Ramblers are typically known for their entertaining style on stage as the lively music is combined with an acute degree of personal character.  They are sure to keep your attention even if you’re not familiar with this style of music.  The group attributes their longevity to enjoying the music and the camaraderie of their fellow musicians.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.