Reds, Whites, & the Blues
Some of the best in blues will be on hand for our Reds, Whites, & the Blues concert, scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 1 on the Gatehouse Lawn. The event is part of Allerton Park’s Concert Series presented by the Ayers Family, with monthly concerts through Oct. 8.
A donation of $5/person or $10/family is suggested, and will be collected at the gate. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.
In addition, Allerton’s Greenhouse Cafe will remain open until 6 p.m. for attendees to purchase food and beverages prior to the concert starting. Those attending can also bring their own food.
Want to stay overnight? Lodging is available on the Allerton grounds!
If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Olivia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Bands:
The Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since forming in 1990.
Billy Galt (guitar/vocals) has made blues his profession since 1980. Galt has honed his skills backing blues luminaries such as Homesick James, Sonny Boy Williamson Jr., Maxwell Street Jimmy, and Shirley King (daughter of the legendary B.B. King).
The three-person band forms a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. When the East Central Illinois Blues Club was asked to send a representative to “Bluestock,” a Memphis showcase of blues bands from across the country and around the world, the Blues Deacons were chosen.
The Deacons have appeared at the House of Blues tent at the Illinois State Fair and have played numerous festivals and street fairs throughout downstate Illinois.
Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.
Mississippi Heat’s name is a reflection of Pierre’s reverence for Mississippi’s blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspired blues to express what lies in everyone’s soul.
They have received world-wide critical acclaim, appearing at many world-famous festivals including the Pocono’s and the Chicago Blues Festivals as well as events in Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Tunisia, Finland, Venezuela and in Mexico, among many others.
The band has made waves on the blues charts by regularly reaching the No. 1 spot on Living Blues Magazine’s radio charts.