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Truman’s Ridge kicks off Summer Concert Series

Truman's Ridge will perform at the Good Tymes Shelter in the Sycamore Sports Complex at 7 p.m. June 6.
Truman's Ridge will perform at the Good Tymes Shelter in the Sycamore Sports Complex at 7 p.m. June 6.

Truman’s Ridge, Sycamore’s Chicago-style bluegrass band, will open the Sycamore Park District's Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

The band will give a free concert at the Good Tymes Shelter in the Sports Complex on Airport Road.

Concert-goers are invited to pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages from the Caddyshack Grill on site. Amenities to enjoy while listening to the show include: playground, volleyball courts, outdoor table tennis, horseshoe pits, fishing and walking path.

Truman’s Ridge, organized in 2008, recently featured on Chicago WGN radio, has been playing festivals and venues across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. They have a busy performance schedule this summer including The Frankfort Bluegrass Festival on July 13, winner of the 2018 IBMA Event of the Year Award. The band also will perform at Starved Rock on Aug. 3 and the Sandwich Opera House on Oct. 4, among other performances. For a complete schedule, search for Truman’s Ridge on Facebook.

The band features Steven Sarver on guitar, Bruce Wallace on banjo and harmonica, Chris Johnson on upright bass and guitar, and Charley Smart on dobro, resonator and guitar. Their harmonies at times are reminiscent of the early brother bands, and at other times show a strong rural-gospel influence in the two-, three- and four-part vocals.

Truman’s Ridge has released four CDs: "Tru-Blue," "Long Way Home," "Cold Cold Feeling" and "Louisiana Swing," available on Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes. The band is now recording its fifth CD, due for release this year.

For more information, visit www.trumansridge.com.

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