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Prairie Players Announces Summer Series Backstage Jazz

Prairie Players’ Backstage Jazz series is back this summer with some of the area’s best jazz groups.

Performances will be from 7:00 to 9:30 in the outdoor area behind the theatre located at 160 S. Seminary Street in Galesburg. Bring lawn chairs, blankets or cushions and make yourself comfortable while listening to some of the best jazz groups the area has to offer. The bar will be open with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available or bring your own snacks.

July 29

Freddy Allen

Freddy Allen-piano/vocals

Freddy Allen, has been performing professionally for over 37 years including 22 years as a solo artist, accompanist and private instructor while living in Chicago. Currently a resident in the Quad Cities, he performs solo, and with his swing trio and quartet swinging the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller and many other composers of the jazz era and beyond.

August 26

Harry Tonchev Trio

Harry Tonchev -guitar, Andy Crawford-bass

Harry Tonchev is a jazz guitarist who is very active in Chicago and central Illinois. His high

energy trio focuses on improvisational music by exploring a mixture of originals and standards from the Great American Songbook.

Harry Tonchev is a Bulgarian-American jazz guitarist who currently lives and performs in the Chicago and central Illinois area.

September 23

John Miller and the Romaniacs

John Miller-guitar, Joe Park-guitar, Andy Crawford-bass,

Larry Harms-clarinet and soprano sax

Tailoring their sound to create a blend of traditional gypsy songs, modern gypsy jazz and romantic French musettes, the Romaniacs play a ‘gypsy jazz’ style of music that holds universal appeal and creates lots of fun for listeners as well as the performers.

Performances will be moved inside if it rains. Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased for $10 or you can purchase all three at once for $25. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found at

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