The 2019 Henry County Concert Series

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Henry Lee Summer - June 21st

This Brazil, Indiana native is self-taught on guitar, piano, and drums influenced by the best in country, R&B, rock & roll, and blues. Expressing a raw and impulsive style of rock & roll, Henry always adds his own voice and style.

Summer recorded his first single, “Sweet Love,” in 1982 and put out three more original songs on various samplers. Majestic released his first full-length album, Stay With Me, in 1984. It sold over a half million copies and was followed by Time for Big Fun in 1986. CBS also released three albums of his during the ’80s. Summer signed with Epic in 1987 and released a self-titled album in 1988, followed by two more albums every two years. 1989 saw “I’ve Got Everything” emerge. In 1990 Henry entertained at Farm Aid IV. “Way Past Midnight” was released in 1991. 

“Til Somebody Loves You,” a single, was released by Sony in 1991, and in 1993, Sony released Slamdunk featuring several favorites on it, including “The Boys and the Girls Are Doin’ It” and “Forever Just Ain’t What It Used to Be.” Summer’s next big CD came out in June 1999, released by Moon Pie. 

Smoke and Mirrors was a rock & roll fan’s delight of all new lyrics and sounds, an eclectic mixture of Summer’s songwriting that represented his 25 years of writing for and being in front of an enthusiastic audience. His sales over the years have topped well over the million mark. This has given him the opportunity to be a support act for artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Money, Chicago, and Richard Marx. Although most of his touring is in Indiana, he has appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show and Late Show With David Letterman. He also married and raised four children during this period, and successfully supported himself and family with music since he was 17.

During the hot, humid month of August 1999, Summer took three nights and recorded a two-CD set of his greatest hits, titled Live. He was successful in creating an album that left listeners feeling they were actually there, using his improvisational skill to develop a passionate and intimate musical blending with his listeners.

In September 2001, Big Drum was self-released, featuring his band that capturing the fun, spirit, and passion of the music. Presenting an array of styles on the album, Summer tops it off with “Prime of Life,” an autobiographical peek into his life.

 

DISCOGRAPHY:
2001 Big Drum 
1999 Live 
1999 Smoke and Mirrors 
1993 Slamdunk 
1991 Way Past Midnight 
1989 I’ve Got Everything 
1987 Henry Lee Summer
1985 Time for Big Fun
1984 Stay with Me

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel - July 19th

From Kokomo, Indiana, Mike began playing guitar in 1977 at age 6. Mike grew up hearing his father’s soul-rock bands. As a boy, he traveled with them and the Drifters in the mid 1970’s throughout the southern United States. He recieved his first guitar at age 5. He purchased his first electric guitar at age 10 with paper route money. His vocals and guitar have been called “gritty and soulful” and have been compare to many. He formed Steam Shovel in the Summer of 1993 and named the band after his favorite childrens book by Viginia Lee Burton, “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”. “My mom bought the book for me from a garage sale when I was a boy. Recently, I’ve contacted the author’s children, who are in their 70’s, and they were delighted to see what the band’s been doing. They also put a copy of “All My Life” in the National Library of Congress along side their mother’s books”, Mike said. 
It seems that Mike writes music that is appreciated and enjoyed by all ages. You may catch him performing with the band or solo electric, acoustic 12 string, or National steel, at a Blues Sunday School, an elementary or high school, and then at a venue that night, always sharing the music… 
Mike cites his father, “Big” Mike, Robert Cray,  Howling Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall (1 and 2), Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Donny Hathaway Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and Collins.(get the picture?) as his mentors. 
Mike formed Steam Shovel in the summer of 1993, and has performed with/opened for: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Cray (3x), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy(4x), Al Green, Tower of Power, Sam Lay, W.C. Clark, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks,  Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, BB King, Booker T Jones, Double Trouble(SRV 20th Anniversary memorial Concert. Nashville., TN), and was named “Best Blues Band in Indiana” in 2002  by the Crossroads Blues Society of Indiana!
 In 2007,  LIVE! and Timing is Everything CDs were picked up for national distribution by all Meijer and Best Buy stores and named  “Top Selling Artist of 2008”, by Audio Recon, MMSS’s digital  distributor.  Audio Recon is responsible for placing MMSS tunes on iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody… 
 In 2012, Mike signed with Fender Guitars(FMIC) as Fender Artist!
 “Mike plays with that indefinable, yet very real thing called soul, that thing about being real that one always knows when it’s there” Snip of review from Buddy Guy show. INdy . 9-5-05 by George Fish
 “Mike’s so good I should’ve been carrying his sh*# !”
Funny quote from Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble). 8-28-2010
 “We keep it simple, play from the heart, and reach out to those suffering and celebrating.”…Mike

Jennie DeVoe - August 16th

Jennie DeVoe is an independent singer/songwriter with a soulful-blues-americana vibe whom Bonnie Raitt calls, “A great songwriter,” while Indie-music.com’s  Heidi Drockelman says, “Jennie is a truly unique vocal talent…Her powerhouse voice can stop you in your tracks but it also possesses a sweetness that surges and sears the soul.” DeVoe is a performer who connects with her audience like no other. Says Melissa Mayer of the Boone County Sun, “DeVoe’s voice is a delicious mix of scratchy blues and sweet low notes. Her music is born of a unique marriage of folk and funk. She sprinkles in rhythm and blues sounds and a few well-chosen covers to create a great live show. She also manages to draw the audience in with her anecdotes and personal stories between each song. It’s hard to attend one of DeVoe’s shows and not feel like she’s your personal friend by the end of the night.” 

DeVoe is a prolific writer, with songs stuffed in drawers and often filling up her own voicemail with ideas. Notes Soultracks’ Howard Dukes, “…her songwriting captures the wittiness, world weariness, hope and simple brilliance that is blues music at its best.” A fiercely independent artist, DeVoe has declined numerous major label offers, and built a rock-solid career on her own terms. She has produced four studio albums, four live CDs, a Christmas album and a DVD on her own label, Rubin the Cat Records. SonyRED was so impressed with the critically-acclaimed “Strange Sunshine,” that they offered her a distribution deal, bringing her to many new ears, while still allowing her to retain her artistic freedom. Most recently, she was voted Best Local Musical Artist/Group in Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine readers, on the heels of being named one of Indy’s top 50 “Entertainers of the Decade” by The Indianapolis Star.

Attracting fans of all ages, Jennie DeVoe deftly wows audiences of all shapes and sizes. She thrills festival and concert-series goers, one minute having them on their feet and dancing, in the next scooping up their laughter with her “accidental comedy, and in the next hypnotizing them into awed attention with her powerful voice. While DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, she never fails to entertain and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. Notes Melissa Mayer, “DeVoe always provides her audience with an irresistibly good time.” Her live shows are, to quote Ann Arbor, MI dj, John Bommarito simply “Magic.” No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you’re in your living room with old friends – “Until,” says NUVO’sRob Nichols, “she knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely.” Adds Blues Revue Magazine’s Hal Horowitz, “DeVoe’s melodic, gutsy songwriting–pushed by a vibrant, multi-hued voice that can shift from a catlike purr to a gospel wail and a snarling rasp within seconds–this under-the-radar singer has the talent to be a major force on either side of the Atlantic.” Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer confirms, “Jennie DeVoe is an artist that sings with genuine depth, she’s strong and powerful and yet willing to be audaciously vulnerable. Jennie DeVoe is unmistakably the real deal.”

Carl Storie Band - September 20th

Carl Storie’s career began in Indiana at the young age of 15. By 17, Carl signed his first recording contract with RCA Records in NY and recorded his first album with the Chosen Few at the historic Chess Records studio in Chicago. In the early seventies, Carl began his tenure as the lead singer with the Faith Band.

Faith Band was an American rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1973 to 1979, they released 5 albums:  Faith in 1973, Excuse Me, I Just Cut an Album in 1977, Rock’n Romance in 1978 and Face to Face and Vital Signs in 1979. Faith gained national popularity in late 1978/79 with Rock’n Romance, which contained the Carl Storie written song Dancin’ Shoes, of which Nigel Olsson’s cover of the song would become a Top 18 hit, while Faith Band’s version would reach #54 on the charts. This was a rare moment in music history—two different bands simultaneously competing on the charts with the same song. Although most Hoosiers would readily admit that Faith Band had the better version, Nigel’s version scored best on the charts with his international following as the drummer/singer for Uriah Heep, Elton John and others. With Dancin’ Shoes unprecedented dual promotion, there’s no doubt the song attained worldwide acclaim and remains a rock ‘n’ roll classic today.

After Faith disbanded, Carl Storie and Faith bassist Mark Cawley formed the duo “Blinding Tears” in 1985, and released one album: Blinding Tears on Riva Records in 1986. Carl Storie released one solo album, Carl Storie in 1999. Today, Carl’s primary focus is writing/recording songs for his new album.

Concerts are in the Arts Park and are always free to attend. Bring your lawn chair and cooler and enjoy some amazing music in a beautiful setting. Food can be purchased at the event and is provided by the Kiwanis Club.

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Opening acts 6:30 pm

Main acts 7:00 pm