Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Saturday

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The Imagine Hillsboro Parks and Rec Committee has announced that the Hillsboro Summer Concert Series will be kicking off its tenth year this Saturday, June 8, with Les Gruff and the Billy Goat. The event takes place at the Fourth of July Point on Lake Hillsboro, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bring an appetite as Imagine Hillsboro will be on hand cooking up food, and patrons are encouraged to bring a chair. 

The band, hailing from the St. Louis area, also features Litchfield native Tony Compton. Their sound, driving like a barge and rolling like a riverboat, defines a genre the band has affectionately deemed "River Dirt." 

Akin to its cousins in the Oklahoma and Texas Red Dirt genre, River Dirt perfectly captures the roots, rhythms and reflections of life in historic middle America.  They just released their third album, entitled Les Gruff and the Billy Goat, demonstrates the maturity of a band that has spent years touring extensively in Texas, the Midwest and beyond.   

Future concerts this summer will be Revolution on Thursday, July 4, Ace Oxygen and the Ozones on Aug. 7, Silver Bullet: A Tribute to Bob Seger on Thursday, Aug. 8, and Mathien on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

The August shows will be held in downtown Hillsboro as part of the Old Settlers celebration.

The Hillsboro Summer Concert Series is a free event thanks to this year's sponsors, including Allscripts, Giffin Winning Cohen and Bodewes, CTI, Bank of Hillsboro, CNB, First Community Bank of Hillsboro, Hurst-Rosche, Casey's, Springfield Clinic, Hayes Abrasives, The Korner Store, Country Financial–Greg Holcomb.  

More information may be found at the Summer Concert Series website at www.hillsboroconcerts.com, as well as following the series on Facebook and Twitter.  

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