With the re-opening of the Dickson Mounds Museum, the Hickory Ridge Concert Series will return to its home of almost 22 years this Saturday, July the 16th at 7:00 pm with a special concert featuring the Illinois songwriter and folk musician Chris Vallillo along with grammy nominated percussionist Rocky Maffit. “The Dickson Mounds Museum is one of the most important resources of our region and we are delighted be bringing the series back” said Vallillo.
Chris’s, music has been said to make the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. Having spent the last 30 years in the rural Midwest, he has a natural affinity for American folk and roots music. Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars, hammered dulcimer and Jew’s Harp, Vallillo weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest. Dirty Linen magazine described the music as, “vivid, original story songs” delivered with an “eye for detail and a sense of history”. You can hear the strains of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers reflected in his writing. He’ll be joined by long time friend and collaborator Rocky Maffit. Maffit is an internationally recognized percussionist, singer/songwriter and performer who has toured the world. His remarkable talents on a wide range of percussion instruments (including his own body) and soulful vocals make for a lively show and a great evening of music.
Concerts are held the 3rd Saturday of every month at Dickson Mounds Museum and begin at 7:00 p.m. with the museum lobby opening at 6:00 p.m. Coffee, drinks, and a variety of desserts are available during intermission. There is an admission charge of $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12. Seating is limited to the first 150 people.
The Dickson Mounds Branch of the Illinois State Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off routes 78 and 97. The museum is again open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309/547-3721 or TDD 217/782-9175 or visit www.hickoryridgeconcerts.com