DeKALB – "Blues at the Mansion," the third installment of the seven-part Music at the Mansion summer concert series, will take place Wednesday at the Ellwood House. The performance is open to the public and free to attend.
Local powerhouse blues band, Johnny & The Boomers, will headline the show with a performance on the front porch of the historic Ellwood mansion at 7 p.m. Comprised of seasoned and accomplished musicians, the band plays material from Ray Charles to Paul Butterfield, from Tom Waits to Howlin’ Wolf, from Muddy Water to Eric Clapton, and from Tom Petty to Louis Jordan.
The pre-show act, featuring a solo guitar and lap guitar/Dobro performance by Dave DK Kolars, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Kolars has played a variety of string instruments for 40 years and plays lap steel in the Hawaiian-themed trio, the Wacky Keys.
Concert attendees are welcome to bring food and are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating on the mansion’s front lawn. Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for purchase from Fatty’s Catering of DeKalb. Blues at the Mansion is sponsored by Claesson Carpet Cleaners and Matt Bromeland.
The Music at the Mansion series features performances on select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. For the series schedule or for more information, visit www.ellwoodhouse.org or call 815-756-4609.
The Ellwood House Museum is located at 509 N. First St. in DeKalb. On-site parking at the museum is limited. Guests are encouraged to use legal street parking near the museum or the public lots just a few blocks away in downtown DeKalb. The museum is operated by the nonprofit Ellwood House Association in conjunction with the DeKalb Park District.