Heirloom Market & Cafe Welcomes Two Rising Local Bluegrass Bands to Their Outdoor Stage

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Heirloom Market & Cafe are set to welcome Dirt Simple and Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers to their new outdoor stage. This is a concert that is open to the public at no cost.

On Saturday August 17, 2013 the Heirloom Market & Café will open its outdoor stage to two of the fastest growing bluegrass bands in the area, Dirt Simple and Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers, for a very special three hour concert. This will mark the very first time that both Dirt Simple and Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers have performed on the Heirloom Market & Café outdoor stage.

This concert is open to the public and there is no cover charge. Dirt Simple will open the show at 5 p.m. and play until 6 p.m. with Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers headlining the show starting at 6 p.m. and playing until 8 p.m. Both bands have made huge waves in the bluegrass community. Dirt Simple recently got back from an extensive tour, mostly in the Colorado area and Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers are making their first ever appearance at River Roots Live, one of the Quad Cities largest music festivals.

When asked about how he feels about the upcoming show, Seth Cocquit, the fiddle player for Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers had this to say, "Whenever we play somewhere for the first time, there is always a hesitation, or fear, that, well...the audience might not like what we have to play. When we performed for the Old Time Heirloom Hour in March 2013, we had that slight hesitation. We play a much less traditional style of bluegrass, kind of our own thing, so it's hard to foresee how an audience will respond to it. In short, we had a blast playing for the audience at the Old Time Heirloom Hour, and were very happy to be invited back to play the first outdoor show at the Heirloom Cafe.”

Cocquit goes on to say, “We travel a lot and meet a lot of different people, in a lot of different towns throughout the Midwest and we honestly believe Thomson has some of the nicest people around. Needless to say, we can't wait to be back this Saturday. We obviously hope folks can make it out for this special occasion. A lot of times, we've found, the success of something great depends a lot on the participation of the community. Lord knows, we have a great community supporting us thus far, and we're humbled to have the support of many in Thomson and Northwest Illinois."

For details about the concert including band times, food and beverage selection, seating, tickets, and more go to their Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1406371092912744/.

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