Riverbottom Ramblers open Music on Main series June 4
SOLON– On Wednesday, June 4, the City of Solon and the council will be serving Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen as a celebration for the new season of Music on Main.
The Riverbottom Ramblers will be the opening act for the 2014 Music On Main concert series. They will be performing from 7 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at the bandstand on Main Street. Band members are Dean Schade of Cedar Rapids on banjo, Ursula Williams of Middle Amana on fiddle, Barb Horak on upright bass and Don Horak on guitar, both of rural Cedar Rapids, and Mike Maas of Cedar Rapids, on dobro. Bring your lawn chairs and come to enjoy an evening of foot-stomping bluegrass music.
Music on Main schedule
June 4: Riverbottom Ramblers. The River Bottom Ramblers are known for tight harmonies and driving bluegrass sound. They perform in the Eastern Iowa area. You can often find members jamming at area bluegrass festivals. Come on over and join in. Members Don Horak, banjo, guitar; Barb Horak, upright bass; Dean Schade, banjo, guitar; Mike Maas, Dobro; and Carlis Faurot, fiddle.
June 11: Iowa City Community Band (Rain Location: St. Mary’s Church). The Iowa City Community Band is a volunteer organization, approved and sanctioned by the city of Iowa City. Our traditional Sunday afternoon concerts in Iowa City and Coralville parks during June and July include a mixture of marches, music from Broadway musicals, and old favorites and sometimes feature a guest soloist. The band also plays concerts at various venues in the Iowa City area, including Arts Fest in downtown Iowa City, Ice Cream Social in Upper City Park in Iowa City, Coralville Thursday Night Concert Series, North Liberty Fun Days, West Branch Friday Night Concert Series and Hooverfest, and Coralville’s Fourth of July Celebration. The ICCB also performs a winter concert in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Members of the ICCB come from all walks of life in the Iowa City area. The ICCB has performed continuously since 1982.
June 18: The Lads (Rain Location: St. Mary’s Church). The Lads are a collection of local talent from the Dubuque area who enjoy celebrating their Irish and American roots and who know how to get a crowd riled up. Featuring great vocal harmonies and a blend of folk instruments, The Lads play favorite Irish pub melodies, ballads and rebel songs. Be prepared to sing along with this group of party-loving Irish-Americans because they believe the real joy of an Irish party is best realized when the audience joins in. So bring your thirst for fun and song and be prepared to raise your voices and your jar to all that is great about being Irish and American. The Lads include members Kevin Walsh, Rob McCullough, Jim Mueller, Bill Thurm, Laura Hess and Patrick Reidy.
June 25: Leo Shima and Shima’s Country Sounds, Country and Polka.
July 2: Kindred Spirits, eclectic folk.
July 9: Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assets, rock/jazz/contemporary.
July 16: Jesse and Emma, acoustic vocals.
July 23: Iowa Accordion Club, accordion.
July 30: Solon Idol Talent Show (To participate in the Talent Show– contact Sue Samek– 319-430-4223 or Nancy Upmeyer– 319-331-1553 for details), open talent show.
2014 sponsors: City of Solon, Solon Beef Days, Solon Knights of Columbus, Solon Women’s Club, Solon Economist, Bridge Community Bank, Solon Barber Shop, St. Mary’s Church, Sam’s Main Street Market, St. Mary’s Helping Hands, Solon Station, Big Grove Brewery, El Sol Mexican Restaurant, and Solon Feed Mill.