Two Rivers Fest, and, Straw Sculpting Fest

Hey kids… So, we have a couple gigs this weekend… We play Friday at 4:30pm, and, Saturday morning, at 11:35am, at the Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival. So will several other amazing musicians. It’s free. Come out, it’ll be fun! And, to make it more interesting for me, I will play bass for/with the amazing Grass Attack, at 5ish Friday, and 11ish Saturday morning.

Grass Attack, W/ me on bass
Magtones onstage

Our latest, new, surprise gig, will be Sunday, 12:30-2ish, in Mount Morris, Il, at the Straw Sculpting Festival. Amazing sculptures, made from straw. Yes, that is why the name….

Mr Peanut
Grogs

Pizza on the Farm

Hey kids… Last night- Saturday- was a fun evening. We were invited to play at the ‘Pizza on the Farm’ event, at Inn Serendipity, for the Wisconsin Soil Sisters… Fun time. The Inn is an off grid, B&B/farm, and Soil Sisters are a group of women farmers, that work together to help each other. Both are way cool… A good crowd, and amazing food. The pizza was killer, and, other tasty foods- salads, cheeses, finger food… All soooo good… Thank you again, for asking us to be a part of this fun, worthy event!

Mugging for the camera

We played City Market!

Hey kids… So, blowing our own, local horn… Last Friday, or as some say, Friday last, we- The Magtones– played the acoustic stage ( it’s a spot, not a stage, actually) at the local city market… That is quite a feather in our small caps… We played from 5 to 8pm, and had a lot of fun… Our amazing, and very nice friend Michael August, was nice enough to join us for the fun… And, it’s always more fun when he plays/jams with us, or anyone, for that matter….

Mike, Maggie, Tim

The band

Rockford City Market Gig

Hey kids… So, we have a gig on Friday, July 29th, from 5:00-8:30pm, downtown at the Acoustic stage, at City Market. Our VERY special guest is the amazing Mike August… That makes it extra fun! The acoustic stage is by the fountain, on Water St, just north of Market St. (The City Market hours are 4-8:30pm. We play from 5:30-8:00pm). C’mon down, have some fun, food, and tunes… We hope we see you!!!!

The Magtones

Our Porchfest Gig

Hey there. So Saturday, we were lucky enough to have a slot at Porchfest, in Mt. Morris, Il. Despite a little light rain, we got to be in a gazebo, so that was cool. Several nice people came and stayed for the 45 minutes, and listened… Always fun to play for people… We- being geeks- did a Facebook live stream, for friends across the country, who couldn’t make it to Mt. Morris… Uploaded the video to Youtube, so, here is the link… All 53 minutes of it…. No, you don’t have to watch all/any of it, but you can skim through… Hope you like it……

Magtones/Porchfest

So, Guess I’m a Bluegrass Bass Player…

Hi there. So, we’ve been busy for a week or two… Camping, music, playing, gigs… We went camping in Southern Illinois a couple weeks ago, at Rend Lake. Did the ‘glamping’ thing… We rented a site for a weekend, and, rented a camper. Cool thing… The camper was delivered and set up. We came. We stayed. We left. And then the camper went home… A couple days before we went, got a phone call from our friends in the amazing ‘new grass’ band, Grass Attack, asking if I played bass guitar… ‘Yeah, sort of’ (for my own amusement)… Their great bass player was injured, and they wanted me to fill in for a gig at the Pheasant Hollow winery there. Being friends, I said sure! Just don’t expect too much… I can hold the line, but….. Brought my bass w/ us, and, we did the gig on Sunday, and, it went pretty good, if I do say so, myself…

Grass Attack at the winery

Well, since that gig went well, so, they were nice enough to ask me to fill in again, this last weekend, at a big time Bluegrass show. Their bass player unfortunately was still incapacitated, so I filled in again. Even got a new shirt, to blend in.
Here’s a snippet of a tune we did. Cash on the Barrelhead… They are amazing musicians, and friends…
Cash on the Barrelhead

What fun!!! Honored and proud to be able to help out a little bit…. A fun time!!!

On Stage

Grass Attack (and friend)