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Harmans continue bluegrass concert tradition

GODFREY — With the ever-popular annual Harman Family Bluegrass Band and Guests concert quickly approaching, Harman patriarch Mike Harman said tickets still remain for the show. 

The 44th annual Lewis and Clark Community College concert, featuring Endless Highway, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at LCCC, in Godfrey. Tickets cost $20 a person. The show sells out every year. 

The Harman Family Bluegrass Band currently consists of first- and second-generation musicians with deep musical roots dating back to 1975. The family band includes brothers Mark, Jeff and John, and their parents, Mike Harman, the band’s leader, and Stacy Harman. 

The Harman family has been a music staple for more than four decades throughout the region, playing their own music and bluegrass, and hosting and supporting several different genres. 

The Harman Family’s home to their regular throughout-the-year concert series is their own Harman Auction, in Shipman, the first Saturday of each month. The Harmans also are favorites at various venues, other colleges and events around the state. 

Mike gave credit to the solid talent that the family has presented to its audiences throughout the years that keeps the annual concerts’ fanbase growing and keeps people coming back. 

“We like to keep putting on a show everyone has liked for the last 43 years,” Mike Harman said. “The show usually makes you forget about what you have to do the next day.” 

This year, the band will be performing with special guests Endless Highway. 

“We’ve always had good talent there, not too new, not too green,” Harman said of special guests and featured artists. “And, we’ve worked at it as the Harmans, worked at our music, at our show abilities. 

“We are surprised and very grateful it’s lasted this long. It’s outlasted a lot of things. We’re very fortunate that fans and people who like the show, prodded us to continue it and we did what we could to keep it going.” 

Envisioned originally as a “bluegrass” event, the annual “Harmans and Guests” concerts at LCCC became so much more. 

“We’ve had country songs, country artists, southern gospel, along with our bluegrass, and I think that’s one of the main things that did it,” Harman recalled. “We enjoy doing it, we enjoy playing for people.” 

Grammy winners and big stars have graced the stage over the years, including Alison Krauss, an early protege of Harman’s since age 14. Harman was in on the beginnings of Union Station, Krauss’ band. As a member of Union Station, Harman played Nashville, Tennessee, where he rubbed elbows with a few country greats. He played with Union Station from its early stages into the first Grammy-nominated album, “Two Highways,” in 1990. The album sold more than one million copies, going gold. 

“We don’t claim to be above anybody, or better than anybody, we just are so very thankful to have been able to continue on,” Harman said. “There’s so many great musicians in the area. It’s a hotbed for musicianship, for just about any kind of music you can think of. People come out and support what they like and sometimes what they don’t like, just to support live music.” 

Ticket can be purchased by calling 618-278-4422 or 618-420-2532. Visit www.harmansbluegrass.com or The Harmans Facebook page for more information. 

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