Bluegrass band gives free concert

SYCAMORE – Truman’s Ridge, a fast-paced bluegrass band, will present a concert at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore, at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13.  Organized in 2008, the band has been playing festivals and venues all over Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri.

Producer Bruce Wallace, banjo and harmonica, took a long hiatus from music, and is now enjoying his return after a teaching career and raising a family. Steve Sarver, guitar, was raised on country music in Maple Park, converted to classic rock in high school, and in 2008 became the co-founder of Truman’s Ridge.

Mark Flower, mandolin and fiddle, got hooked on bluegrass while camping in the Smoky Mountains. Karel Waska, upright bass, is from the Czech Republic and is a doctoral candidate in geology at Northern Illinois University.

There will be a free-will offering for the band after the concert, and refreshments will be served. The concert is part of the Saturday Celebration services at SUMC, and the Jessie Viner Concert Series. Jessie Viner was a longtime church and choir member who left a generous bequest to the church.

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