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Profile: The Kelly Richey Band


“Hey Monmouth! Kelly Richey here. Last time we were in town, we made lots of great new friends and we’re looking forward to seeing you again! Remember, you promised to be there when we came back AND you promised to bring your friends so we can have twice the fun as last time!!! We’ll see you there!”

Guitarist/singer Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out,” by Vintage Guitar Magazine. “That makes a helluva picture, but it’s as close as words come to describing the talent of this musician.”

In addition to the Friday night concert, the Kelly Richey Band will be presenting a program to local students in an assembly at the Monmouth High School at 10am.

“It is a real boost to music education programs in our schools to have professional traveling musicians who are willing and eager to visit schools and share the music and their knowledge base with students,” said Lee Wiggins, choral director. “It is especially cool to have these musicians visit us in rural America who do not have ready access to concert venues and the wonderful musicians who frequent the larger urban communities.”

“Keeping music in our schools is an important mission,” Says Kelly, “so please help to spread the word and support music education any way you can!!!”

More information on The Kelly Richey Band, plus MP3s and video performances can be found online at www.KellyRichey.com.

Profile: Rhythm Circus


Opening the Friday Kelly Richey Band show show will be Galesburg’s own Mike Budde’s Rhythm Circus. This energetic psychedelic blues-rock quartet is no stranger to extended, guitar-rich jamming, and they possess the musical chops to deliver a stunning opening performance. These guys are not sure if they are a rock band playin’ the blues or a blues band playin’ rock’n'roll but, they’re having a blast doin’ what they do.

The four members of The Rhythm Circus have all been professional musicians for many years with varied experiences. In 2006, they brought there skills and talents together to create a soulful energetic show that you must see live to believe. From bars in Galesburg, Peoria and Macomb to corporate events in the Chicago area these guys put every thing they got into every show. A tight, skilled and passionate performance pushed over the top with three part harmonies makes this show a real experience.

Mike Budde; guitar and lead vocals
Nathan Hahn; vocals and lead guitar
Jerry Wildbahn; vocals and bass guitar
Mike Krusa; drums and percussion

“We’re very excited to open the show,” said frontman Mike Budde. “The Kelly Richey Band is awesome… we just can’t wait!”

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