Our Fall/Winter Concert Series is a ticketed series, held at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center (BFPAC). The BFPAC theatre is located on the East side of the Morton High School building and is accessed via the parking lot off of Jackson St.
Lobby doors to the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center will be open by 6:00 with an art display. The doors to the Caterpillar Theater open by 6:30. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Seats are not assigned, but there are no bad seats in the theater. The Bertha Frank PAC provides for an intimate concert experience with wonderful acoustics.
Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
If you're thinking that a band of harmonica players doesn't sound exciting to you, think again! These guys came to Morton 2 years ago, and the audience was blown away. You really must see this group. They're incredibly talented musicians, and they are very entertaining.
Today's 'Cats, Mo Vint, Bud Boblink and Frank Warner, continue to play the old favorite arrangements of the original Harmonicats, but have also added new stylings to bring them up-to-date with today's sounds.Their routine includes some comedy that can only be done with the harmonica, plus a few other surprises along the way.
Maurice "Mo" Vint on "Lead," performed for many years with The Three Reeds, a popular trio in Canada. He later toured with The Don Les Original Harmonicats for nine years throughout the USA and England, as well as continuing to perform his famous single act, featuring his Train.
Frank Warner on "Bass," has also performed with many harmonica acts, including Jerry Murad's Harmonicats (on "bass," and then on "lead" after Jerry's death), The Harmonica Rascals, and many others. He is regarded as a world class bass player who can hear his bass lines in the music, allowing him to vary his parts as desired.
Bud (Charles) Boblink is our newest member of the "Harmonicats". Bud has been known for years as one of the top "chord" harmonica virtuosos as well as playing all the instruments including the 1 inch mini harmonica. He also has a special flair for comedy having worked with "The Johnny Puleo's Harmonica Gang" and also with the original "Harmonicats". He loves to work right out into the audience when he needs a laugh on his mini harmonica or Scottish routine. Bud is a valued addition to the group.
The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship.
The Band's innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world - in record breaking numbers of airings on PBS and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The members of the Band are also family. Veteran composer, Bill Wolaver, weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making.
The Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. This is outstanding music.
This is the third time we've had Cornet Chop Suey back to Morton for our Fall/Winter Concert Series, and they are always an audience favorite. They're based out of St. Louis, MO.
The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since its arrival on the jazz scene in 2001. The band's unique front line with Brian Casserly on trumpet, Tom Tucker on cornet, Jerry Epperson on reeds and Brett Stamps on trombone is driven by a powerful rhythm section consisting of Paul Reid on piano, Jay Hungerford on bass and John Gillick on drums. Best known for a wide variety of styles, Cornet Chop Suey applies its own exciting style to traditional jazz, swing, blues and "big production" numbers. Every performance by Cornet Chop Suey is a high-energy presentation and is always a memorable experience for the audience.
Named after a somewhat obscure Louis Armstrong composition, Cornet Chop Suey now has nine CD's available. The "St. Louis Armstrong" CD includes many of the tunes performed in the special Louis Armstrong show. The band is in great demand at jazz festivals, jazz cruises, conventions and concerts around the country.
DAILEY AND VINCENT
Monday, February 20, 2017
SOLD OUT CONCERT
DAILEY AND VINCENT
Monday, February 20, 2017
SOLD OUT CONCERT
Dubbed by CMT as the “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” the Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America, having won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including: three Grammy Award Nominations for the 2014 “Bluegrass Album of the Year;” 14 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time “Entertainer of the Year,” three-time “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and four Dove Awards with three “Bluegrass Album of the Year” awards and “Bluegrass Song of the Year.”
2015 has been a momentous and successful year for the award-winning duo starting with the success of their national PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE! – In Concert,” which has been aired in over 84 markets with an estimate of over 1 million impressions. The special was later released as the duo’s first ever live CD/DVD, with the live CD debuting at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and the DVD debuting at #2 across all genres on the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart, just behind the Foo Fighters. Dailey & Vincent also premiered their first national television series, The Dailey & Vincent Show, on RFD-TV in early September. The show is a weekly 30-minute music, entertainment, and lifestyle show – full of music, humor and fun – which includes live performances and interview segments by special guests such as Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Emily West (runner up on America’s Got Talent) among other famed Country, Bluegrass and inspirational acts.
Dailey & Vincent continue to grace the stages of historic venues nationwide with their return to Carnegie Hall in early 2016 and the Ryman Auditorium, where they sold out three consecutive shows and first debuted their music as a duo in 2007.
Prior to forming the duo in 2007, the Bluegrass seasoned veterans Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, had previously garnered great personal success. A four-time IBMA ‘Vocalist of the Year’ award winner, Dailey sang and performed with groups such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Vincent has accumulated five GRAMMY Awards, has been voted Bluegrass Bass Player of the Year four years in a row (2009-20012), and is a former, ten-year band member for the GRAMMY Award-winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Both have performed alongside famous acts such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more. The duo performs over 120 shows per year with an 85% sell-out rate in the United States and recently listed at #34 on Pollstar’s “Concert Pulse.”