4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery

The Starline Gallery is a block-long factory circa 1883 that was saved from demolition and has been beautifully repurposed. Its aged brick and wooden beam construction is now filled with artist studios, art gallery and even banquet facilities.

Nine months of the year the restored factory is home to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery. People come to an event that’s filled with art and music. Local artists submit their artwork and the exhibition consists of work selected through a juried selection process. Cast your vote on the small paper ballot, to decide the peoples choice for Best of Show.

Music at the event, now on three stages throughout the factory, consist of local bands all the way to solo musicians. Their musical genres are as wide as the artwork on display. Everything from folk, country, honkytonk, jazz and classical.

Roaming volunteers serve trays of light appetizers and there’s a cash bar that serves the full complement of cocktails, beer, wine and coffee drinks. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a modest $5.00 cover charge grants you access. Mark your calendar for the fourth Friday of the month and head on out to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery, 306 W Front St, Harvard, IL.

Friday April 24, 2015 featured the americanna musical stylings of John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart. Here is there cover of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness by John Prine.

Karaoke singer picked to tour with Boston

ABC News June 1, 2008:

Plucked From Obscurity, Man Joins Favorite Band After Karaoke Wows Founder

Tommy DeCarlo

Tommy DeCarlo of Charlotte, N.C., dreamed of becoming a rock star, listening to his favorite band’s albums and memorizing their songs.

“A Boston song would come on and I’d get fired up and I’d start singing it,” said DeCarlo, 43, a father of two kids — Talia, 19, and Tommy Jr., 17.

But dreams didn’t pay the bills, so DeCarlo worked as a credit manager at a Home Depot store in Charlotte to support his.

Still, he never gave up singing along to his Boston CDs, and his daughter Talia took notice. She posted a MySpace page of DeCarlo singing karaoke to Boston songs after the band’s lead singer, Brad Delp, committed suicide in March 2007. And, in an instant, DeCarlo’s whole world turned upside down.

“I wanted to share [the karaoke] with … other Boston fans,” he said.

DeCarlo had to sing with the karaoke track because he had sold his keyboard in 2006, using the extra cash to buy Christmas presents for his children.

Meanwhile, up in Boston, members of the real band were struggling to continue playing as the coped with Delp’s suicide.

“My wife was at her computer playing our tunes, and I asked whether it was us playing live,” Boston founder Tom Scholz told USA Today. “She said, ‘It’s some guy in North Carolina singing your songs.’ I said, ‘I know Brad’s voice, and that’s Brad.'”

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