Bootleg Flyers return Friday to Jamboree stage

The Bootleg Flyers perform at last year's Jamboree. Pictured left to right are: Kevin Remrey, Dan Elsasser, Maron Gaffron, Jeff Elbel, Doc Newcomb. and Larry Ubben. They will return for another performance on Friday night. Photo supplied

Local classic rock and blues band Bootleg Flyers will return to the Mt. Morris Jamboree on Friday, Sept. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., performing for the first time since appearing on Dave Hoekstra’s Nocturnal Journal radio show in WGN’s Showcase Studio on May 20. 

Co-founders, Kevin Remrey and Larry Ubben have performed together since 1984’s Nuclear Mushroom’s all too brief, but well received lifespan and have been part of all sorts of boogie bands, including the RAMI Hall of Fame Award Winning Blues Hawks and DVS. 

Remrey plays exquisite lead guitar, with Ubben on rhythm guitar, both providing lead and backing vocals.

Pastor Doc Newcomb drives the Flyers groove with unparalleled style and finesse on the drums. 

Newcomb has previously performed with Pastors of Disaster and also sits in with Dan Elsasser’s band, Goin’ Postal.

Elsasser sings soulful lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. 

He and Remrey also currently perform in the acoustic duet and sometimes electric band Goin’ Postal. “Mt. Morris alum, Jeff Elbel sat in on the last few Flyers gigs, providing excellent bass guitar and backing vocals, so we’ve brought him on board to fill the shoes of original member Dave Weinberg, who’s up and moved to Oklahoma,” said Ubben, who also organizes the Jamboree/

Elbel has performed with a multitude of bands over the years, most notably Ping, which will hopefully be releasing their new album, “Three Finger Opera” before the end of the year.

Concessions for the evening will be provided by St. Brides Church of Oregon, who will serve barbecues, baked beans, chips, and drinks. Sweet treats will be available, too.

The Below Zero ice cream shop across the street from the campus will also be open that evening. 

The Encore! Art Gallery on the first floor of Old Sandstone will be featuring a new show by regional Artists that night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and several straw sculptures will still be on display around the campus as well. 

Many local craft vendors on site, too. 

The rain location for the concert and concessions is the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive just off of East Hitt Street at the same times. 

Be sure to come early and visit the Mt. Morris Community Farmers Market, open every Friday through October from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bank parking lot at the corner of Wesley Avenue and Ill. 64.  

Bring a blanket or chair, or enjoy the benches and join the fun on the historic campus in the center of Mt. Morris.

For more information call Ubben at 815-973-6786.