Tickets are now available online for the August 9 Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers concert.
To mark her 60th birthday, musician and artist Patty Ankrum will bring together two of the groups in which she played to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, August 9. The concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the First Street Community Center, 221 First Street, Mount Vernon.
Black Sheep, who attracted a large following across eastern Iowa in the 1990s and early 2000s, will reunite for this performance. Black Sheep features Ankrum on guitar and vocals, Dixie Collins on percussion and vocals, Mike Maas on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, and violinist and singer Carlis Faurot. The group is known for its outstanding vocals and harmony, along with a warm stage presence. Their music is an eclectic blend of folk, blues, and rock, including old standards and original songs. They have released two albums, “A Sheep at the Wheel” and “Deep Sheep.”
The Waubeek Trackers, members of the Iowa Arts Council Touring Artists, was a popular trio throughout the Midwest in the 80′s, playfully deemed “definitely not downstream music”. They recorded one album, “The Cat Came Back.” After they broke up, Ankrum joined Black Sheep. The Trackers reunited in 2013, and have been playing around eastern Iowa ever since. Ankrum and Richard Baillargeon play guitar, and Steve Maurice, harmonica. Three distinct voices with their signature tight harmonies and arrangements, their repertoire is nostalgic to old fans, while bringing in the new: delta/blues, ballads, folk.
The concert is a fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. Tickets are $15 each and are available online at mvaac.org. Attendees may bring their own beverages to the event, but all beverages must be consumed in First Street Community Center mugs, which are available for $5. The mugs are reusable at events at the First Street Community Center.
The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the knowledge, understanding, cooperation, appreciation and practice of the arts within the Mount Vernon Area. It is a partner in the annual Chalk the Walk celebration and it sponsors the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival in September. The MVAAC is also active in bringing art to young people in the community and sponsors scholarships for high school students in Mount Vernon and Lisbon.