MOUNT MORRIS – Old school, real deal roots rocker, the great Webb Wilder makes his Mount Morris debut at the Jamboree with his band, the Beatnecks on Friday, July 20 for a free concert starting at 7 p.m.
Long before there were Kings of Leon, Keys of Black or Whites of Jack in Music City there was a riddle spewing prophet of roots rock and roll. A bluesy blast of baritone bombast. Equally versed in two glorious worlds, rock and roll. He is a force on tour and a tour de force. He is the last of the Full Grown Men and Roots Rock Royalty.
A native of Hattiesburg, and a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, Wilder crafted his signature brand of "Mid-Atlantic" (British and American) rock and roll, mixed with country, blues and soul. In wonderfully superb timing, the band’s 1986 debut album, It Came From Nashville, was recently named one of the 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All-Time by Paste Magazine. Wilder is an evangelist for real rock 'n' roll. As a singer, guitarist, bandleader, film actor, songwriter and humorist, he may be roots-rock's only true Renaissance man. His latest album, Powerful Stuff! will no doubt find favor with Webb's devoted legion of fans, but its affecting songs and masterful performances are sure to bring newcomers into the fold. His engaging personality led him to become one of America's first Satellite DJs on XM Radio. He’s now the host of the Americana Countdown show on WMOT radio/Nashville.
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.
The Regional Artist Showcase at the Encore Old Sandstone Art Gallery continues that night next door, open from 6 - 9:30 p.m., featuring a variety of works by local Artists. Several other 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. Barker Brew will likely be there to serve a variety of iced coffees as well.
The whole evening kicks off with the Mount Morris Community Farmer's Market, located at the corner of Rt. 64 and Wesley Ave. from 4-7 p.m. every Friday through October.
Come join the fun on our beautiful, historic campus in the center of Mount Morris, two blocks south of Rt. 64 on Wesley Ave. In the event of rain, the whole show is moved to the Pinecrest Grove Community Center, located eight blocks south of Rt 64 on McKendrie St, at 500 Evergreen Dr.