The Western Illinois Museum and the Macomb Food Co-op celebrate all things local. On Friday, January 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, the museum will open its doors for an evening of good food and drink, lively music, and compelling history. The event is open to the public and there is a suggested $5 donation at the door.
Celebrate Local will feature five musical acts, each playing for 30 minutes. While these accomplished musicians live in our region, their music has impacted a broader audience. The evening begins at 6:30 with the youngest artist, Emily Jones who has built a following at her Heritage Day’s performances. At 7:05, Bill Maakestad will perform songs that illustrate the contributions and connections between country music legends Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash in what he calls, “Blue Country: From Rodgers to Williams to Cash.” Taking the stage at 7:40 is the alternative rock band, Amber Hendricks and the Maintenance. The Galesburg area group includes the powerful voice of Amber Hendricks accompanied on the guitar by Dan Clark, Kris Wingo on percussion and Edward W. Warren on bass. After a short intermission, pianist and vocalist, Sondra Mosley will kick off the second half of the program at 8:25 featuring some favorite American Standards. At 9:00, the evening concludes with the rhythmic guitar playing and expressive vocals of singer-songwriter Amy Dirker.
This year marked the opening of the Macomb Food Co-op store to accompany their online market. Having a selection of local products available at their 211 S. McArthur Street location is one way to connect local producers with our community. During the Celebrate Local event, producers will be on hand to showcase their products. Information about how both members and the public can shop at the Co-op will be available, along with details about their expansion plans for 2017.
This event marks the closing of the exhibit, Raising Corn: The Story of a Crop. Local history celebrates the belief that knowing the past will inform the decisions we make for our future. The museum works passionately to collect area’s treasures and discover their significance. In 2016 over 2,800 visitors enjoyed the museum’s exhibits and programs.
This New Year’s celebration will provide support for two local organizations, and with an impressive line-up of entertainment and local producers, promises to be the highlight of the holiday season. Refreshments will be a selection of items available at the Macomb Food Co-op including salsas and cheeses. Cash bar (Beer and wine) will be provided by Macomb Hy~Vee Catering, event sponsor.
Bill Maakestad will perform songs that illustrate the contributions and connections between country music legends Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash in what he calls, “Blue Country: From Rodgers to Williams to Cash.” As a longtime champion of local music Bill can be found performing with musicians in the area and can be heard regularly at the Wine Sellers and the Macomb Country Club, as well as Monmouth’s Market Alley Wines.
7:40 Amber Hendricks and the Maintenance
Amber Hendrix and the Maintenance is a newly formed band that’s distinct sound comes from an eclectic mix of alternative and pop music with roots in modern and classic rock. The band includes Amber Hendricks on vocals and keys, Kris Wingo on drums, Edward W. Warren on bass, all from the Galesburg area, and Macomb resident Dan Clark on guitar.
8:25 Sandra Mosley
Pianist and vocalist, Sandra Mosley, has been a longtime advocate of local music. Using her passion for music, she has inspired many children to appreciate music, as well as taught them how to play the piano. Her unique voice and accomplished technique at the keyboard create fresh renditions from the classic American songbook.