Summer Concert Series June 9—Dixie Dudes and Dance Band (40’s and 50’s Dixieland Style)
The Dixie Dudes Dixieland Band commenced as an extension of the Lewis & Clark Community College Concert Band of Godfrey Illinois in 1985. The Dixieland Band, an eight piece ensemble, became so popular that it soon had requests to play at many functions. The band’s first engagement was for the opening of the new Amtrak Railroad Station in Alton, IL. Since then the band has performed for conventions, college concerts, restaurants, retirement centers, Church functions, Marti Gras celebrations, Christmas parties, birthday parties and many other occasions. The music is authentic traditional Dixieland as played in New Orleans. The band members are a mix of amateur and professional musicians who play for fun and recreation. The players include two teachers, a politician, two engineers, a pilot, and two doctors. The music will lift the spirit, lighten the heart, and start the foot tapping. Most recently the Dixie Dudes have expanded into rock n roll tunes and dance tunes to play for weddings and other party occasions. The band has added to its name, “The Dixie Dudes and Dance” to reflect the new inclusion of swing, Rock n Roll, dance music. Most recently the band has a regular engagement at the “Jazz on Broadway” in Alton to enthusiastic crowds. Recent engagements include dances at the VFW and Lodge of the Eagles in Alton. Recently the band has booked several engagements in Grafton, IL at the historic Ruebel Hotel. The band is constantly adding new tunes. Recent additions, two Latin tunes, “Sway”, “Oye Coma Va”, a Swing tune “Tuxedo Junction” and Dixieland tune, “Muskrat Ramble”
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.