MT. MORRIS — Downstate Illinois’ highly accomplished Bluegrass Band,The Harmans will make their return to the Mt. Morris band shell Friday night, June 23 at 7 p.m.
The Harman Family Bluegrass Band presently consists of first and second generation musicians with deep musical roots dating back to 1975.
Mark Harman, 29, Jeff Harman, 26, and John Harman, 20, have performed professionally for many years. People have had the privilege watching them since early childhood excel in their musical talents.
Mark and Jeff, as well as their father Mike, have won and placed in various talent and band contests throughout the country and performed at the renowned Station Inn, Nashville, Tennessee.
The Harman’s recorded and produced their debut CD Continuous Play which was released in August 2004. In January, 2006, the Harman’s released their second CD entitled Garden In My life, penned by the late Harley Allen, one of Nashville’s well-known songwriters in country and bluegrass circles. Featured on this CD are great bluegrass musicians such as Alison Krauss, Mike Cleveland four-time world fiddle champion and Jeff Guernsey, a nine-year veteran of Vince Gill’s Band. In 2008 the Harman’s released two more CDs – All Prayed Up is the first all-gospel recording with guests Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Brent Truitt on mandolin – Timeless And True with guests Stuart Duncan and Michael Cleveland, both on fiddles, Brent Truitt on mandolin, and guest vocalist Alison Krauss. In 2011 the Harman’s released their newest CD, The Auctioneer, with guest vocalists, Alison Krauss and Morgan Pitney, also featuring fiddle player, Jim VanCleve, and dobro player, Randy Kohrs.
The Harman’s music style ranges from traditional to contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel and various types of music. “Entertaining you is our goal and is as much fun for us as the music we play.”
Mike was a Rounder recording artist and a member of the Alison Krauss Union Station Band from 1986 to 1990. During this time, Mike performed on the Grand Ole’ Opry and recorded on the Grammy nominated Two Highways album and on the platinum seller Now That I’ve Found You-A Collection by Alison Krauss.
The Harman’s host a variety music show which includes popular bluegrass bands from across the United States at their Harman Auction Center on Highway 16 in Shipman, Illinois. Shows are presented the first Saturday of each month from November through April. Show time is 7 p.m.
The Harman’s have celebrated their 38th year of hosting the Lewis and Clark Community College Bluegrass Concert, held every January since 1978 to sell-out crowds. The show originated with the first generation talents of Mike, sister-Lori, and brother-Bull, and continues today with the second generation.
We are sure you will be pleased with the professional appearance, showmanship and musicianship of the Harman’s. This band will make every effort to please all age groups represented at our festival.Read more about this top notch band on the web at harmansbluegrass.com and check out their Facebook page as well.
Come see the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge concession stand and enjoy their famous grilled burgers and pulled pork, served with your choice of baked beans or chips. Soda and water also available starting at 6 p.m. The Mt Morris Masons will be on the Campus during the show serving a dessert for free to celebrate their 300th anniversary.
The 2017 Let Freedom Ring Queen Candidates will be presenting their talent show in front of the band shell that evening as well, starting at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, the whole show is moved to the Mt. Morris Moose at 101 Moose Dr., starting at the same times. Please come early to the Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market held in the Union Savings Bank parking lot at the corner of IL Route 64 and Wesley Ave. from 4-7 p.m. every Friday through October.