Friday July 28, 7 p.m.
John Dennis Concert
John Dennis, a 25 year old Freeburg, IL native, moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his unique place among the music there. His unique vocals, clever Midwestern-driven imagery, and 21st century socially commentative lyrics earn him his own distinct voice. He was discovered by Rainfeather Records and completed his first record with Rainfeather, Eternity’s Tree
in 2014. Second Wind is his second record with Rainfeather, which marks a substantial and triumphant step forward both artistically and personally.
Advance tickets $15. Available here and locally at Bee Hollow Market, 217 East Main, Mascoutah
Saturday July 29, 5 p.m.
John Dennis Concert
An exciting 2 hour show celebrating the music of one of the greatest bands and singers of all time when fiddles, steel guitar and a good song were the backbone of Country music. Dennis takes audiences on a journey from the influences of Bob Wills and Hank Williams to the alumni of the Cherokee Cowboys including Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck, and Buddy Spicher. In this action packed show of narration filled with fiddles and steel guitar, audiences are not only entertained but educated on Western Swing and the real tradition of Honkytonk Music via the “Ray Price Sound.” Featuring songs like One More Time, Heartaches by the Numbers, Crazy Arms, Heart Over Mind, Home in San Antone, and For the Good Times, Dennis is backed by a great band of musicians that can include former members of The Cherokee Cowboys band.
Dennis Stroughmatt is a world renowned fiddler and singer, a 2012 performer at The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, a 2015 inductee to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Hall of Fame, a 2016 nominated “Pure Country Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists, a performer on RFD TV’s “Midwest Country,” and a frequent host of WSM-AM 650’s “Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree” in Nashville TN.
Raised on Western Swing and the music of Ray Price, Dennis Stroughmatt has also become an internationally know fiddler for his preservation of Missouri French Creole Music and his many years working as a Cajun fiddler with countless Louisiana Cajun and Creole bands across North America and Europe. He has been mentored for over 7 years by one of the greatest of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, fiddler Buddy Spicher, and has worked many shows backing the legends of country music including Tony Booth, Leona Williams, Claude Gray, Justin Trevino, and Mandy Barnett.
Friday March 10, 2017 7p.m.
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 oldfashioned 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.
You could take a chance at the door, in case there are some no-shows.
You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay with bank or credit card. Any questions, please email
January 22, 2 p.m.
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.
Espenschied Chapel is a great wedding venue!
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