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.