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Article originally appeared in The Lansing Journal
November through April includes Beatles, Bluegrass, Broadway, Oldies, Irish, and Soul
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 1, 2018) – Library Director Debbie Albrecht already has the season planned out—six concerts featuring six different musical genres. The concerts are all free, and they all take place on the stage in the upper level of the library. Doors open at 6:00pm, and the concerts begin at 6:30pm.
The After-Hours Concerts include the following:
November 2: Beatles Tribute Concert by Classic
Classic is a local band founded by Christine Widstrand and Gloria Cabrera. They perform a variety of rock, pop, and original music. Their After-Hours Concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album, and Classic promises “lots of keyboard, guitar, percussion, and harmonies!”
December 7: Sweet Reminders of Christmas
Suzy Snowflake, Holly Jolly Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, and The Christmas Song are Christmas oldies enjoyed by many American families. The December 7 concert will include fun songs as well as more meaningful memorable Christmas classics.
January 4: Bluegrass by The Bourbon Aristocracy
Described as “authentic traditional music from a simpler time,” The Bourbon Aristocracy’s repertoire includes bluegrass classics from the likes of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs, as well as recent bluegrass and country favorites from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
February 1: Best of Broadway by Phil & Amy
Phil and Amy are both accomplished vocalists, musicians, and recording artists who love show tunes. Their collection of Broadway favorites will include unique duets and solos.
March 1: Irish music by Character Fleadh
Formed in 2008, Character Fleadh—led by Ethan Sellers—is a top-quality ensemble comprising some of the finest Irish and Scottish musicians in the Chicago area. In addition to performing at Irish bars, Irish weddings, and Irish festivals, the group also enjoys airtime on Irish music specialty shows on WHPK, WOCB, and WEFT.
April 5: Soul music by Chicago Soul Revue
The After-Hours Concerts season will close with an authentic tribute to the classic soul of Motown, Memphis, Philly, and Chicago. Lead vocalist Felicia Patton is backed by one of the most serious backing bands in Chicago, and they will channel Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Clarence Carter.