EVERGREEN BY REQUEST
Evergreen By Request, a Waupun-based band that has played in the Fond du Lac area for more than 30 years, will present a free outdoor concert at Buttermilk Creek Park at the Music Under the Stars concert series on Monday, July 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The band, formed in the 1970s by Vicki Belleville of Waupun and Jim Vollmer, who now lives near Stevens Point, is widely known for its variety of music styles and strong vocals. Originally a four-piece band, it was redefined as a two-piece band by the 1990s. Belleville leads the band and plays a fully orchestrated keyboard. She is joined by fellow band member Casey Carney of Beaver Dam on the bass guitar, lead guitar, ukulele and banjo.
Their unique style is spotlighted when the two sing. "We do some country-styling," Belleville said, noting her voice often resembles Karen Carpenter, Ann Murray or Patsy Cline. "Casey has a Willie Nelson-type voice, and we both do ballads."
While on a group bus tour to Nashville, Belleville had a chance to perform there. "When the bus driver learned I was a performer, he dropped the rest of our group off and took me to a Nashville talent show with an audience of about 600 people," Belleville recalls, noting she sang with some famous musicians on stage.
In the Fond du Lac area, Belleville often performs solo as "Miss Vicki" at events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions and dances. In addition to joining Belleville, Casey Carney performs with two other bands in the area - KC and the Moonshine Band and a band called Beaver Dam's Most Wanted.
This is the seventh band to perform in the 10-week summer concert series known as Monday Music Under the Stars. The free concerts take place every Monday night through Aug. 19 at Buttermilk Creek Park. Food can be purchased prior to and during the concert, starting at 6:30 p.m. Brats, burgers, hotdogs, popcorn, root beer floats and more are available.
Attendees need to bring their own chairs. In case of rain, the concert will take place the next night in the same location.
NOTE: For information on this or other upcoming Monday night concerts, call the event organizers 921-1167.
To learn more about the various bands present at the outdoor concerts, go to the website: www.fdlmusicians.com.
To contact Vicki Belleville as a solo performer or to book her two-piece band, Evergreen By Request, call Belleville at 210-2996.