Bluegrass Concert


The Rische Brothers, Scott and Mark, and Ron Wedekind join forces for an Authentic Bluegrass Concert.

Scott Rische describes this Briar Patch Symphony as “the real deal”, and will talk about what is bluegrass and where it came from, as well as play lots of toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ music. We will hear Scott on Mandolin, Mark on guitar, and Ron on 5-string banjo.

Scott Rische started playing guitar and mandolin in the early 60s and hasn't stopped! In the 70s he started performing professionally in bluegrass bands. Scott and his brother Mark played together for years with the Rische Brothers Band, which also included Scott’s brother Forrest and Ron Wedekind. They played Bluegrass Festivals around the midwest, and frequently in the NW Chicago suburbs.

Ron Wedekind (aka Weeds”, aka “Galloping Ron”) learned to play 5-string banjo in the mid-60s from a fine banjo picker in central Illinois named Bill Duncan. From the early 70s through-out the mid-80s, Ron played with numerous Bluegrass bands throughout the Midwest in establishments ranging from saloons on Chicago’s north side to Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. The bands were: Fox River Valley Boys, Weeds and Red-Grass, The Rische Brothers, and Bill Well & the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. In the 90s, Ron played with his family band, called “Weeds and Sprouts”, which included his wife Caroline and his three children. Today, he plays with “Pickin’ Up Speed”. Ron has composed several tunes, and penned a short instruction booklet entitled “Double Drone Techniques on the 5-string Banjo.”

They promise a fun, lively, powerful, educational and energizing evening of music!

Sept 26, 2019 - 7 pm
Suggested donation: $8

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