With guests The Harman Family Bluegrass Band
Presented by Senior Services Plus
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.
Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.
Windy City, her latest solo album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood. “Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss says. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs – the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.”
The Harman Family Bluegrass Band presently consists of first and second generation musicians with deep musical roots dating back to 1975.
Mark Harman age 30, Jeff Harman age 28, and John Harman age 22 have performed professionally for many years. People have had the privilege of 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 Harmans recorded and produced their debut CD, Continuous Play, which was released in August 2004. In January, 2006, the Harmans 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 Harmans released two more CDs – All Prayed Up is the first all-gospel recording, with guests Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Brent Truitt on mandolin, and 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 Harmans released The Auctioneer, with guest vocalists Alison Krauss and Morgan Pitney, and also featuring fiddle player, Jim VanCleve, and dobro player, Randy Kohrs. In January 2016 The Harmans released their most current album, In The Time That You Gave Me, with guest vocalists Alison Krauss and Mo Pitney, and also featuring fiddle player Jim VanCleve.
The Harmans' 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 Harmans 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 7:00 p.m.
The Harmans 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.
September 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM
$108 = Gold Circle
$68 = Reserved
$48 = GA Lawn
TICKET PRICE SERVICE CHARGE TOTAL PER TICKET $108.00 $15.00 $123.00 $68.00 $10.00 $78.00 $48.00 $7.00 $55.00
Gates open at 5:30pm.
Opening Act: 6:30pm.
Alison Krauss: 8:00pm.
- Children under 5 are free in the GA Lawn section with a paid adult admission.
- Gold Circle/Reserved sections require a ticket, regardless of age.
- Concessions (beer, soft drinks, food) are available for an additional cost.
- Smoking is not permitted.
- Outside food and drink are not allowed.
- Backpacks and coolers are not allowed.
- Dogs are not allowed.
PARKING: there are parking lots within walking distance at the Henry Street entrance (corner of Henry & Landmarks) and by Argosy Casino Alton. There is a reserved lot on the south side of the amphitheatre for those with ADA credentials. parking is also available at the city lot across the street from ConAgra on Williams Street. Street parking is available on Broadway, 3rd and 4th streets. A pedestrian bridge is located at Broadway to the north of the amphitheater.
For more information, visit the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheatre website.
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Phone/Internet: 4:30pm day of show
Fox Box Office Outlet: 6pm day of show
Alton Convention & Visitor's Bureau Office: Close of business day of show