The Harman Family Bluegrass Band is (from left) Mark, Stacy, Jeff, Mike and John.
HARTFORD — The toe-tapping, hand-clapping sounds of the Harman Family Bluegrass Band will help celebrate the opening of the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower’s new outdoor amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 435 Confluence Tower Drive off Illinois 3.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the tower’s visitor’s center during regular business hours or over the phone by calling (618) 251-9101. Admission is $10 per person. The ticket price includes a tour of the tower.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the concert will officially open the amphitheater, which was developed and built over the last 12 months. The project was funded in part by a National Scenic Byway grant. The amphitheater can seat about 160 people. Hartford officials and state elected officials will be on hand to open the new venue.
“The addition of the amphitheater at the tower gives us more opportunities to develop great music concerts and other activities,” said Deanna Barnes, special projects manager for Hartford. “We are planning a summer of great entertainment and look forward to seeing the tower’s attendance grow as a result.”
The Harman Family Bluegrass Band plays traditional to contemporary bluegrass, gospel, country and other genres. The band is made up of first- and second-generation musicians. All three of the sons, Mark, Jeff and John, began singing and playing music at the age of 8 or 9. They have all performed professionally for the past nine years.
“The Harmans are one of the most popular bands in our region and we are thrilled they are going to kick off the opening of the new amphitheater,” Barnes said. “They are truly talented musicians and we just love the fact they are the very first headliner at the amphitheater.”
Refreshments will be available from Fruit Crushers featuring fresh fruit shake-ups.
The concert is sponsored in part by SMS Engineering.
The tower is open five days a week; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided daily tours are available throughout the day. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, veterans and active military, $2 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.