The Harman Family Bluegrass Band is (from left) Mark, Stacy, Jeff, Mike and John.
HARTFORD – If the weather cooperates, there will be plenty of “blue” sky and green “grass” as a backdrop for the area’s next big concert event.
The Harman Family Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive in Hartford off Illinois 3.
“We are excited to host the Harman family at the tower again this year,” Tower Director Charles Hendricks said. “They are truly talented musicians and we just love being able to introduce the public to their amazing sound.”
The group, made up of first- and second-generation musicians, plays traditional to contemporary bluegrass, gospel, country and other genres. The three sons, Mark, Jeff and John, have been performing since the ages of 8 and 9.
“The joke is that I put the instruments in the living room and told them not to touch them,” Mike Harman said, laughing. “Of course, that is how it started.
“Later, as they learned to play and sing, we started teaching them harmonies and it grew from there.”
Mike, the group’s patriarch, was a Rounder recording artist and a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station from 1986 until 1990, performing on the albums “Two Highways” and “Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection.”
“(In the 80s) I was playing with my family in Alhambra and ran across Alison,” Mike said. “We asked her to play with us. Later, when she was forming Union Station, she remembered me and asked me to join.”
Today, those deep roots of the new era of bluegrass are alive and well. The Harman Family Bluegrass Band will play a variety of old and new tunes, along with a few surprises.
Tickets can be purchased ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children, and includes a free tour of the tower) at the door or in advance at the visitor’s center. They also can be ordered over the phone by calling (618) 251-9101.
The concert, the group’s second annual appearance at the tower, is sponsored by SMS Engineering.
For more information, call (800) 258-6645.