The Harmans playing Jamboree


MOUNT MORRIS – Downstate Illinois' highly accomplished Bluegrass Band, The Harmans will make their return to the Mount Morris band shell Friday night, June 28 at 7 pm.

The Harman Family Bluegrass Band presently consists of first and second-generation musicians with deep musical roots dating back to 1975.

Mark, Jeff, and John Harman have performed professionally for many years. People have had the privilege watching them since early childhood excel in their musical talents. Their parents, Mike and Stacy round out the quintet.

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 in August 2004 and have since released five more albums, their latest being January 2016's, “In The Time That You Gave Me,” featuring guest vocal appearances by Alison Krauss and Mo Pitney.

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, he 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, Ill. Shows are presented the first Saturday of each month from November through April.

Providing concessions for the evening will again be Northside BarbaQ, serving pulled pork sandwiches and brisket tacos starting at 6.

The Encore Old Sandstone Art Gallery next door will continue to show artwork from students in the Oregon/Mt. Morris School district, open from 6-9:30 p.m. 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. 

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 Mount Morris Moose at 101 Moose Dr., starting at the same times.