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Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert Saturday, Jan. 7

MAPLE PARK—Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert will welcome special guest artist Jim Post at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Kaneland High School Auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Post is well-known for his one-man shows, including “Mark Twain and the Laughing River,” and has enjoyed a long career, beginning in 1968 with the No. 3 hit song “Reach Out in the Darkness (as Friend and Lover).”

Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

Courtesy Photo: Jim Post

Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert set for Jan. 8

KANELAND—Lee Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert returns to the rural theme in 2011 as he welcomes southern Indiana farmer-songwriter-actor Tim Grimm as the special guest on the first Saturday of the new year.

As part of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s Concert Series, the concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Tim Grimm is an award-winning songwriter, actor and hay farmer, living and working on the family homestead—a farm originally homesteaded by a family named Needham. In the late 1990s, Tim left Hollywood and a successful acting career to focus his life on his family and his art, a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success.” Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, celebrating the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America. 

Tim’s movie appearances include “Clear and Present Danger” with Harrison Ford, and “Public Enemies” with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.

Lee Murdock is known internationally as “North America’s Great Lakes Balladeer,” and also as a fluent instrumentalist on six- and 12-string guitar. In addition to the songs of Illinois history and maritime music, Murdock also has a strong affinity for Irish music and Illinois history, as well as blues, ragtime and a bit of classical guitar. Murdock and his wife, Joann, have been Kaneville residents since 1982.

Audiences at the Hometown Concert can expect a round of impromptu jamming between Murdock and Grimm in the second set. Each year, the concert opens with a short set by Lee and by the guest artist, followed by an intimate “song swap” with both artists on stage for the second set.

Lee Murdock’s Hometown Concert is an annual event which now draws people from all across the Chicagoland area. Advance reservations are not needed, but call (630) 557-2329 for directions or further information.

The Hometown Concert continues its second season in collaboration with the Kaneland District’s Fine Arts Festival. This is the second of four major events, to be followed by the free multi-stage and multi-media event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, and by the Second-annual Kaneland Community Theater production running for two weekends in July.

For more information on the Kaneland Community Arts Festival, contact Maria Dripps-Paulson, Community Liaison for the festival, at (630) 365-5100 ext 180  or maria.drippspaulson@kaneland.org .

KHS hosts annual Murdock concert

Kaneland—Lee Murdock welcomes this year’s special guest, Bob Zentz, traveling all the way from Norfolk, Va., to share an evening of songs and jolly-good tales at Murdock’s Annual Hometown Concert on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Always the first Saturday of the new year, the concert begins at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road in Maple Park. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Lee Murdock is known internationally as “North America’s Great Lakes Balladeer,” and also as a fluent instrumentalist on six- and 12-string guitars. In addition to the songs of Illinois history and maritime music, Murdock has a strong affinity for Irish music and Illinois history, as well as blues, ragtime and a bit of classical guitar. Murdock and his wife, Joann, have been Kaneville residents since 1982.

Audiences at the Hometown Concert can expect a round of impromptu jamming between Murdock and Zentz in the second set. Each year, the concert opens with a short set by Lee and by the guest artist, followed by an intimate on-stage “song swap” with both artists on stage for the second set.

The Hometown Concert continues its second season in collaboration with the Kaneland District’s Fine Arts Festival.

Lee Murdock’s Hometown Concert is an annual event which now draws people from all across the Chicagoland area. Tickets for the annual Hometown Concert are $10 at the door. Advance reservations are not needed, but call (630) 557-2329 for directions or further information.

Photo: Musician Lee Murdock of Kaneville will perform an evening of songs and jolly-good tales at the Annual Hometown Concert on Saturday, Jan. 2. at 7 p.m. at the Kaneland High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Courtesy Photo

Fine Arts Festival becomes a series

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—More than 3,000 people attended Kaneland’s Fine Arts Festival this year, an event that has expanded and become more popular since it began almost 10 years ago.

Building on its success, the Fine Arts Committee plans to expand the festival into a series of performing arts events, and will hire Maria Dripps-Paulson to direct the series.

Paulson is the former Kaneland School band director, who left her full-time position several years ago to raise her family.

“We are very excited to have Maria’s continued involvement,” School Board President Lisa Wiet said.

Funding for the series will not involve district money, but will come from donations from businesses and organizations and from sales. The budget for this year’s festival was $36,000. The Kaneland Foundation has increased its funding this year from $5,000 to $7,000.

Wiet said she looks forward to offering more opportunities for the arts to the community as well as opening up the school’s auditorium for the community’s use.

The series will begin as a pilot project and will include the following events:
Fall: State Street Dance Ensemble (professional Chicago-based troupe)
Winter: Lee Murdock concert
Spring: Fine Arts Festival
Summer: A locally-produced summer theatre performance