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New Old Time Music at the Illinois State Museum

Karen Everingham
New Old Time Music at the Illinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Come hear some great old time music at on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield as part of the monthly Music at the Museum concert series. 

The June concert will feature a new take on old time country music with an exciting duo out of the wilds of western Wisconsin – the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers.  The Sapsuckers perform original songs and fiddle tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, western-swing, and old-time fiddling traditions—and they also mine this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again.

Based in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, the Sapsuckers are Nikki Grossman (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Joe Hart (guitar, vocals).  Hart and Grossman are seasoned musicians and performers who have worked, together and separately, in numerous other old-time, folk, rock, and country bands, as well as other musical projects. They are regular performers on the Kickapoo Barn Dance, a live radio musical variety show on their local community radio station, WDRT ( They also perform as a dance band for square and contra dances, and favor traditional fiddle music that represents their roots in the rural Upper Midwest.  

The Sapsuckers’ second album, “Ocooch Mountain Home,” (2015), has received high praise from critics. fRoots magazine calls out the duo’s “enchanting harmonies” and Grossman’s “note-perfect old-time fiddle playing.” Bluegrass Today calls the group “impressive.”

The Music at the Museum concerts take place every second Thursday of the month all year long at the Illinois State Museum Auditorium. Concerts start at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for museum members and kids under 12.   There will be a variety of desserts and drinks available during the break. 

Check the full 2017 schedule at The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 South Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706.  For additional information, call the Illinois State Museum at 217-782-7386.
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