If Staines is here, can spring be far behind?

February 6, 2019

OAK CENTER — A local band making its Oak Center Folk Forum debut and the return of an all-time favorite highlight the February schedule of concerts at the Oak Center General Store.

Sterling and the Silver Lining is the Rochester band that opens the month in a concert billing shared with the folk duo Fendrick and Peck, at 8 p.m. Saturday. The band blends country, folk, alternative and rock. Fendrick and Peck combine guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals.

Also this month:

Katy Bellville, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, a singer-songwriter who plays bluegrass, old-time and modern music, including originals. Bellville and her band will give free CDs and T-shirts to the audience.

• Jeff Ray and the Stakes with Hurricane Harold Trembly, 8 p.m. Feb. 23. A night of blues and roots music, played by a band that started out as an ad hoc ensemble that never rehearsed before the first gig.

Bill Staines, 3 p.m. Feb. 24. Staines is a classic troubadour, traveling the country singing his songs. He always makes it to Oak Center just as winter is starting to wind down for a matinee family show.

Tickets for each concert are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. Send email to folkforum@riverland.org for reservations and information.