Sharpe returns to Jamboree

MOUNT MORRIS – The Mount Morris Jamboree welcomes back the Tom Sharpe World Music Ensemble for a free two-hour concert on July 27, starting at 7 p.m. 

Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, which has the No. 1 selling Christmas tour of all time. Along with his heavy tour schedule, Tom is an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer, and the creator of his own world music ensemble, Sharpe World Music. His own compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is the former drummer for Dennis DeYoung from the famed rock group Styx, and is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy. The music is a percussive symphony – a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically trained musician, Sharpe has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment – wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual.

Mount Morris alum, Jeff Elbel will be joining Sharpe on bass, Theresa Brooks plays bassoon, Kelly Bayer Langenberg plays French horn and Amanda Nelson plays cello to round out the ensemble. 

Generous donors to the Jamboree, Mount Morris Moose Lodge #1551 will be providing concessions for the evening starting at 6 p.m. Some of the items they'll be serving at concerts throughout the summer include: their famous cheeseburgers and pulled pork, grilled Italian sausages, hand dipped corn dogs, onion rings, French fries and cheese fries. They'll have a variety of drink options and desserts as well. 

This is the final night of the Regional Artist Showcase at the Encore Old Sandstone Art Gallery next door, open from 6-9:30 p.m., featuring a variety of works by local Artists. Several other local food and craft vendors will likely be on site, as well, including Jen's Artisan Breads, featuring many different varieties of delicious fresh baked bread and Pecatonica River Honey, with raw, natural, locally sourced honey, Dietrich Ranch will have beef sticks and beef jerky and Barker Brew will likely be there to serve a variety of iced coffees, too. 

Please come to town early and have a look at all the good locally grown produce and other foods and crafts available at the Mount Morris Community Farmers Market held in the bank parking lot at the corner of Wesley Ave. and Rt. 64 from 4-7 p.m., every Friday through October. Our rain location for the concert and concessions is the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, at 101 Moose Dr. just off of E. Hitt St. at the same times.



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