I recently had the privilege of attending a Concert on the Deck at the Byron Forest Preserve’s Jarrett Prairie Center.
Just entering the facility through the million-dollar Prairie History Museum was a fantastic experience. The deck, with enough elevation and a light breeze, was enough to keep the bugs away (a great achievement for this year) and the panoramic views of the Rock River Valley were beyond beautiful. Just watching the sunset was a show in itself.
Also, kudos to the musicians – the Bluegrass Reunion Band: Mike Bratt, bass, lead and harmony vocals, Stillman Valley; Steve Strombeck, fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, South Beloit; John Lindblade, guitar, lead and harmony vocals, Machesney Park; and Tim Lawrence, 5-string banjo, lead and harmony vocals, Rock Falls. Tim is the latest addition to the band, joining in 1992. Needless to say, experience is at a premium with this group and it shows in the quality of their bluegrass sound.
The Jarrett Prairie Center, its Prairie History Museum, and its Concert on the Deck series are must-see jewels on the Ogle County scene.