Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258

Current Concerts Scheduled


June 30

Links to the Past — A Musical Meat-Up with

Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings


Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to Espenschied Chapel!  If you’ve never heard them before, they’ll knock your socks off!  If you HAVE heard them before, you’re probably not wearing socks!  This all-star old time novelty jazz & pop quintet has members from such musically esteemed cities as Nashville, Detroit, and New Orleans, so don’t miss their unique take on some of Tin Pan Alley’s most minor hits!


“The Roochies” made their first album completely on wax cylinder (used before spinning discs became popular), and now bring their recorded repertoire to life in a fantastic stage performance that puts a capitol “S” in “Showmanship!”  You’ll see and hear fancy fiddling, dueling Hawaiian guitars, ukulele wizardry, brazen banjos, vocal harmonies that sound as if they were polished by hand, a menagerie of toy instruments including a musical pig “Porkestra”, breathtaking ventriloquism, scandalous dancing—and that’s just the intermission!


This group won First Prize for Best Neo-Traditional Band at Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, and everywhere they go audiences invariably cheer, “More!”  But don’t worry, The Roochies are about more than just unparalleled musical talent and world class goofy stunts.


Concert goers both young and old are guaranteed to have a ball at this event! and since this very well may be the show of the season, don’t miss out!


For the workshop:

Novelty Noisemakers and Toy Instruments Petting Zoo

Come get a hands-on and behind the scenes look at the Roochie Toochies’ toy menagerie! Squeaky pigs, rubber chickens, percussion, bells and whistles of all kinds will be covered. We may also build a collapsible sculpture together for comedic effect that can later be used in the show. Everyone will get a chance to play along with the band. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

Workshop 5 p.m. Ticets: $10 advance; $15 at door

Sausage Gala 6 p.m. (With FREE beer!)

Concert 7 p.m. $15 advance; $20 at door


Save money by getting tickets to both the workshop and concert:

$20 advance; $30 at the door


Tickets for the Judy Collins concert will be available at the June 30 concert.


October 26, 2018

Ronny Cox


December 2, 2018

Judy Collins














































Ronny Cox

Deliverance. Beverly Hills Cop. Total Recall. Robocop. The Onion Field. Taps. Bound For Glory. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Murder at 1600. Woodyfest. Vancouver Folk Festival. The Bluebird Cafe. Kerrville Folk Festival. What do all these things have in common? A man named Ronny Cox.

Ronny Cox is a superbly talented actor who has been consistently active in Hollywood for over 40 years portraying a diverse range of characters - and at the same time, he has enjoyed an incredible career as a real-life singer-songwriter, guitarist and master storyteller. A look of familiarity has helped make Cox one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors.

His first time in front of a camera featured him playing the guitar in the Dueling Banjos scene in “Deliverance”, creating one of the most iconic moments in the history of movie making. Despite his great success in movies and TV, what he says he loves most is singing and playing the guitar. According to him, nothing cuts through to the heart like music. The acting experience simply enhances his musical and song-writing skills. He knows a song has to provide a visual and tickle the listener’s imagination as he or she is taken away from everyday troubles to a laugh, a sigh and maybe a tear here and there. For years he has been traveling America telling audiences all about his life, his career, his experiences behind the scenes of some of his films and TV shows and his philosophy. Kind of

sounds like Will Rogers, doesn’t it? Well, there could be a connection. The difference is, Ronny tells a story, and then sings about it. With the gift of a consummate storyteller, he shares funny, sad and tender moments. His loyal band of listeners are blessed, if only for a while, to spend time with a truly remarkable man. Enhancing these great stories is the music provided by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians.

What makes his show different from all the rest? It’s the total experience of spending an evening with an old friend, and sharing music infused with elements of jazz, touches of blues, good old fashioned Americana, and a storyteller that touches your heart. From the moment he greets

every guest who comes through the door to the moment he bids them goodnight, with a smile and a hug, Ronny Cox gives his all and leaves his audiences feeling like they’ve each had their own personal connection with this amazing and talented man.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

For an additional $10, you can join the band for an after-the-show reception with pizza and beer.






January 22, 2 p.m.

Tim Grimm


Tim Grimm’s song WOODY’S LANDLORD was the #1 song on Folk Radio nationally in October (‘16).


Top 3 Male Artists of 2012:

1. Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas (columbia)

2. Bob Dylan: Tempest (columbia)

3. Tim Grimm: Wilderness Songs and Bad Man Ballads (vault)

Tim Grimm is an award-winning songwriter, and actor on stage and screen. In the late 1990s, Tim left Hollywood and a successful acting career (co-starring for two seasons in the NBC drama, Reasonable Doubts and in several films), to focus his life on his family and his art. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’. He now lives with his wife and sons on an 80 acre farm close to where he grew up.

Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

Tim has performed in theatres and coffeehouses around the United States, as well as significant Festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower Festival, Fox Valley, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the Indiana Festival at Conner Prairie and each September he hosts the Driftwood Valley Music Festival in Indiana. He has filmed three major motion pictures this past year, including The Express, with Dennis Quaid, and Public Enemies, with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
















Some past concerts:

These are just some of the artists who've played here

Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258