Music event honors Rose

MT. MORRIS — First Fridays on Feb. 3 at Mt. Morris’ Pinecrest Grove will be an opportunity for musicians and music fans to Remember Ray Rose. From the beginning of First Fridays almost two decades ago to his untimely passing this musical troubadour/Marine veteran was a favorite on the northern Illinois and Nashville music scene. For this show the traditional free will donation will go to Ray’s family.
In keeping with the new schedule initiated last summer, the show will begin at 6 p.m. Musician sign-up will be 30 minutes earlier than last season at 5:30 p.m. Also, seating capacity in the Theatre at the Pinecrest Grove Community Center in Mt. Morris has been increased to guarantee First Friday’s fans a good seat.
The musical format will remain unchanged. After the individual performances, all of the musicians will gather on stage for a jam session to wrap up the evening’s festivities
Talented musicians from across Northern Illinois, and often neighboring states, appear on a regular basis. The music often described as New Folk or Americana is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, folk, mountain soul, gospel, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Instruments are all acoustic and a professional sound system is supplied. Participation is encouraged so bring your instrument and join the show, or kick back and listen to the music. Admission is by free will donation. Bring a friend and enjoy a great evening.
First Fridays is a part of Northern Illinois’ Friday night music scene along with 2nd Fridays in Lanark, 3rd Fridays in Franklin Grove, a new 4th Friday at the Dixon Senior Center, and special 5th Friday (when they occur) shows in Franklin Grove.
The McKendrie Street Café, directly adjacent to the theatre, features an extensive menu of quality food & beverage.
Pinecrest Grove Community Center is located six blocks south of IL Route 64 on McKendrie Street in Mt. Morris. There is ample parking in the parking lot on the northside of PGCC, plus an overflow lot on the west side of PGCC. The building is completely handicap accessible.

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