Bustin’ Out With Country Rock Originals In Concert
Poco, Pure Prairie League, Delight Fans Of All Ages
LISLE, IL (June 27, 2007) – You can’t turn back the clock, but this sure is the next best thing.
When “The Legends Of Country Rock: Poco and Pure Prairie League” take the stage at The Morton Arboretum Twilight Concert July 14, they’ll showcase that “Good Feelin’ To Know” about an easier time, an idyllic time. The beautiful, green Arboretum setting truly provides the perfect backdrop for these sensational harmonies and great lyrics of love and nature settings.
“The audience is coming back to this kind of music, people are remembering their teens, and young kids have heard about these bands,” says Rick Alter, manager of both groups.
Singer-songwriter Paul Cotton, originally of Chicago and an original member of Poco, along with Rusty Young and others, took the band to platinum success with the album “Legend,” and scored megahits like “Crazy Love,” “Heart of the Night,” and “Rose of Cimarron.” Poco’s first album, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces,” is considered one of the best and most influential country rock albums ever. It’s no surprise that some Poco band members went on to play with the Eagles. So rich is Poco’s history that Elton John once opened for them, Alter says.
Cotton just can’t get enough of performing, even after 30 years.
“I can see Rusty and me riding off into the sunset on our Appaloosas, playing in a tent somewhere. I hope it never ends,” Cotton says.
Pure Prairie League will forever have audiences everywhere singing and swaying to their most identifiable classic “Amie,” and superhit “Two Lane Highway,” but there’s much more to this pioneering country rock group.
“Our music reflects where we come from, and what we listened to,” says bassist-vocalist Mike Reilly. “PPL’s individual sound comes from the bluegrass music of Kentucky, traditional country music played on The Grand Ole Opry, the soul stylings of James Brown, the blues of Lonnie Mack, and the rock of the Ohio scene – James Gang, Pretenders,” he says.
For all Twilight concerts, visitors are encouraged to make a day of it: enjoy the Arboretum Children’s Garden, Maze Garden, 14 miles of hiking trails, nine miles of paved roads, and much more, prior to settling down for a concert. The concert ticket provides free admission to The Arboretum after 3 p.m. on concert day.
The lawn opens at 4:30 p.m., and Pure Prairie League begins at 6 p.m. Guests can order dinner up to 3 p.m. on Thursday prior to each concert, at 630/725-2066. Or, they may select from a delicious assortment of grilled items and beverages at The Ginkgo Grill tent under the trees on the concert lawn.
Tickets are $23 in advance ($18 for Arboretum members), and $27 on concert day. Order online at www.mortonarb.org or in person at the Arboretum Visitor Center, or via phone at 630/725-2066. Parking is free.
The Concert Series Presenting Sponsor is Subaru. Bonterra Vineyards is the Official Wine Sponsor of The Morton Arboretum. Supporting Sponsors are Bud Light, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, and Naperville Magazine. Radio sponsor for this concert is WDRV, 97.1 FM “The Drive.”
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of 4,057 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission – the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier, Central Time. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) and 9:30 to 4 p.m. (CST). Visit www.mortonarb.org or call 630-968-0074 to learn more.