Rick performs entertaining and enlightening music and history programs

Rick Pickren performs the very finest in music and history programs for Libraries, Seniors, Historical Societies, Schools and Museums.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

                                                  2017 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 
                                              To book a performance call (708) 366-6040
                                                      rickpickren@bigstrikemusic.com
 
Jan 10      The Holmstad, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Batavia, IL 6:30 pm
Jan 13      Burr Ridge Park District,  Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Burr Ridge, IL 1 pm
Jan 20      Independence Village, Songs of Love & Romance, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
Jan 27      Glenview Senior Center, Songs of Love & Romance, Glenview, IL 2 pm
Jan 28      Silverado, Songs of Love & Romance, Lake Zurich, IL 3 pm

Feb 1        Beacon Hill, Songs of Love & Romance, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Feb 10      Triumph Travel Club, Old Time Rock n Roll, Elgin, IL 9 am
Feb 14      Wesley Willows, Songs of Love & Romance, Rockford, IL 1:30 pm
Feb 14      Casa  San Carlo, Songs of Love & Romance, Northlake, IL 4:30 pm
Feb 17      South Park Church, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Park Ridge, IL 8 pm
Feb 20      Alden Waterford, Songs of Love & Romance, IL 2 pm
Feb 22      All Saints Lutheran Church, Songs of Love & Romance, Orland Park, IL 1 pm

March 2    Tuscola Med Center, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Caro, MI 9:30 am
March 2    Vassar Public Library, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Vassar, MI 1 pm
March 3    Independence Village, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
March 6    Batavia Woman's Club, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Batavia, IL 1 pm
March 7    Edwardsville Public Library, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Edwardsville, IL 7 pm
March 8    Meridian Village, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Glen Carbon, IL 10 am
March 8    Methodist Village, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Godfrey, IL 1:30 pm
March 8    Foxes Grove, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Wood River , IL 3 pm
March 9    Church Creek, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Arlington Heights, IL 2 pm
March 10  Mayslake, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Oakbrook, IL 2 pm
March 13  The King Home, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Evanston, IL 1:30 pm
March 15  Des Plaines Frisbie Ctr, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Des Plaines, IL 12:45
March 15  Sunrise, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Bloomingdale, IL 3 pm 
March 16  American House, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Plainfield, IL 2:30 pm
March 16  Autumn Leaves, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, South Barrington, IL 6 pm
March 17  Homewood Flossmor PD, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Homewood, IL 1 pm
March 17  Beacon Hill, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Lombard, IL 7 pm
March 17  Sunrise, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Highland Park, IL 3:15 pm
March 18  Oak Trace, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Downers Grove, IL noon
March 18  Tamarack, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Palatine, IL 1:30
March 18  Oak Trace, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Downers Grove, IL 7 pm
March 24  The Abbey, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Elmhurst, IL 12:30 pm
March 25  Silverado, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Lake Zurich, IL 3 pm
March 27  Brookdale Oak Park, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Oak Park, IL 2 pm
March 31  Bethany Healthcare, St Pat's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Dekalb, IL 2 pm

April  1      Brookdale Des Plaines, Songs for April Fools, Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
April 20     Highland Park Country Club, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Highland Park, IL 1:30 pm
April 21     Elgin Retired Teachers, Elgin Country Club, Old Time Rock n Roll, Elgin, IL 1:30 pm
April 22     Sedgebrook, Derby Days! Lincolnshire, IL 1:30, 3:30, 5:15
April 27     Christian Reformed Church, Old Time R & R, Palos Heights, IL 12:45 pm
April 27     Deerfield Historical Society, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Deerfield, IL 7 pm
April 29     20th Century Foundation, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Park Ridge, IL 1 pm

May 5        Three Crowns Park, Derby Days! Evanston, IL 3:15
May 5        Beacon Hill, Derby Days! Lombard, IL 7 pm
May 6        The Mather, Derby Days! Evanston, IL 1:30 pm
May 6        Brookdale Des Plaines, Derby Days! Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
May 11      The Admiral, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Chicago, IL 2 pm
May 12      Hoffman Estates Senior Commission, Derby Days! Hoffman Estates, IL 1 pm
May 12      Sheridan at Green Oaks, Derby Days! Lake Bluff, IL 4 pm
May 15      Central Elementary School, History of  the Cowboys, Rolling Meadows, IL  2 pm
May 19      Independence Village, Derby Days!, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
May 25      Pryme Tymers, The Stars & Stripes, Evergreen Park, IL 11:30 am
May 26      Act 2 Seniors, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, LaGrange, IL 1 pm
May 29      Sunrise, The Stars & Stripes, Bloomingdale, IL 1:30 pm
May 29      Atria, The Stars & Stripes, Glen Ellyn, IL 3 pm
May 30      Peace Village, The Stars & Stripes,  Palos Heights, Il 6:30 pm

June  2      Brookdale Olympia Fields Old Time Rock n Roll, Olympia Fields, IL 3 pm
June  5      Brookdale Oak Park, Old Time Rock n Roll, Oak Park, IL 2 pm
June 13     St. Peters Church,  The Stars & Stripes, Chicago, IL 1 :30 pm
June 14     Tamarack, The Stars & Stripes, Palatine, IL 10:30 am
June 14     Itasca Seniors, The Stars & Stripes, Itasca, IL 1 pm
June 14     Sunrise, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Willowbrook, IL 6 pm
June 15     The Holmstad, The Stars & Stripes,  Batavia, IL 2 & 6:30 pm
June 16     The Mather Cafe, Old Time Rock n Roll, Chicago, IL 5:30 pm
June 18     Sedgebrook, Songs for Fathers Day, Lincolnshire, IL 3:30 & 5:15
June 20     Medinah Elementary School, Singing Under the Stars,  Medinah, IL 7 pm
June 21     Fox Knoll, Songs of Love & Romance, Aurora, IL 1 pm
June 23     Independence Village, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm

July  1      Brookdale Des Plaines, The Stars & Stripes, Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
July  2      Brookdale Lisle, The Stars & Stripes, Lisle, IL 7 pm
July  3      Eve Assisted Living, The Stars & Stripes, Hinsdale, IL 3:30 pm
July  3      Sunrise, The Stars & Stripes, Bloomingdale, IL 6:30 pm
July  4      Alden Courts Waterford, The Stars & Stripes, Aurora, IL 10 am
July  4      The British Home, The Stars & Stripes, Brookfield, IL  2 pm
July  4      Sheridan at Green Oaks, The Stars & Stripes, Lake Bluff, IL 6:30 pm
July  5      Bridgeway,  The Stars & Stripes, Bensenville, IL 1:30
July  5      Beacon Hill, The Stars & Stripes,  Lombard, IL 7 pm
July  6      Clare Oaks, The Stars & Stripes, Bartlett, IL 2:30 pm
July  6      Westminster Place, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Evanston, IL 7:30 pm
July  8      Silverado, The Stars & Stripes, Lake Zurich, IL 3 pm
July 12     Church Creek, The Stars & Stripes, Arlington Heights, IL 2 pm
July 21     Mayslake, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Oakbrook,IL 2 pm
July 25     Beacon Hill, Music for Family Night, Lombard, Il 6:30
July 27     Saratoga Grove, Americana Songs, Downers Grove, IL 3 pm
July 28     Bethany Healthcare, Old Time Rock n Roll, Dekalb, IL 2 pm
July 30     Casa San Carlo, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Northlake, IL 12 pm

Aug  6      Sunrise, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Wilmette, IL 2 pm
Aug  9      The Bickford, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Aurora, IL 2 pm
Aug  9      The Mather, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Evanston, IL 4:30 pm
Aug 16     Beacon Hill, County Fair Picnic, Lombard, IL 11-2 pm
Aug 18     Independence Village, Old Time Rock n Roll, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
Aug 23     The Birches, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Clarendon Hills, IL 2 pm
Aug 28     Mallinckrodt Community Center, Old Time Rock n Roll, Wilmette, IL 6:30
Aug 30     Addison Park District, Old Time Rock n Roll, Addison, IL 1 pm

Sept  3      Brookdale Des Plaines, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
Sept  4      Alden Courts Waterford, The Stars & Stripes, Aurora, IL 11:30 am & 2 pm
Sept  4      Sheridan at Green Oaks, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Lake Bluff, IL 7 pm
Sept  7      Silverado, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Lake Zurich, IL 3 pm
Sept  10    Silverado, Music for Grandparents Day, Lake Zurich, IL 1:30-3
Sept  12    Dyer Historical Society, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks  Dyer, In 7 pm
Sept  13    Heritage Woods, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Bolingbrook, IL 2:30
Sept  18    Brookdale Oak Park, Songs of Love & Romance, Oak Park, IL 2 pm
Sept  20    Wintrust Platinum Adventurers, Old Time Rock n Roll, TBD, 1 pm
Sept  22    Bridgeway, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Bensenville, IL 2 pm
Sept  27    Stickney Senior Center, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, 10 am
Sept  27    Wheeling Historical Society, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Wheeling, IL 6:30
Sept  29     Sunnymere, Gene Autry Birthday Celebration, Aurora, IL 2 pm

Oct   3      Beacon Hill, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Lombard, IL 2:30
Oct   4      Prince of Peace, TBD, Lake Villa, IL 12:30
Oct   6      Tuscola Med Center, Old Time Rock n Roll, Caro, MI 9:30 am
Oct   6      Independence Village, Old Time Rock n Roll, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
Oct   7      The Garlands, Songs of Autumn, Barrington, IL 1:30 pm
Oct   7      Brookdale Des Plaines, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
Oct  10     Foundation for Intl Cooperation, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Des Plaines, IL 7pm
Oct  11     Dundee Township Ctr, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Carpentersville, IL 1 pm
Oct  13     Friendship Village, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Schaumburg, IL 7 pm
Oct  14     White Oaks, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Huntley, IL 12-2 pm
Oct  18     W. Sub Retired Teachers, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Naperville, IL 10:30
Oct  25     Beacon Hill,  Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Oct  29     Batavia Public Library, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Batavia, IL 2 pm
Oct  30     Sheridan at Green Oaks, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Lake Bluff, IL 4pm
Oct  31     Mather Cafe, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Chicago, IL 1:30

Nov  3     Three Crowns Park,  The Stars & Stripes, Evanston, IL 3:15 pm
Nov  5     Edwardsville Public Library, The Stars & Stripes, Edwardsville, IL 3 pm
Nov  6     United Methodist Village, The Stars & Stripes, Godfrey, IL 2 pm
Nov  6     The Fountains, The Stars & Stripes, Godfrey, IL 3:30 pm
Nov  6     Meridian Village, The Stars & Stripes, Glen Carbon, IL 6 pm
Nov  7     Foxes Grove,  The Stars & Stripes, Wood River, IL 2:30
Nov  7     The Hayner Public Library, The Stars & Stripes, Alton, IL 6:30
Nov  8     Eve Assisted Living, The Stars & Stripes, Hinsdale, IL 3 pm
Nov  9     The Holmstad, The Stars & Stripes, Geneva, IL 2 & 6:30 pm
Nov 10    Victorian Village, The Stars & Stripes, Homer Glen, IL 10 am 
Nov 10    The Moorings, The Stars & Stripes, Arlington Heights, IL 1 pm
Nov 10    Brookdale Oak Park, The Stars & Stripes, Oak Park, IL 3 pm
Nov 10    Luther Village, The Stars & Stripes, Arlington Heights, IL 7 pm
Nov 12    Downers Grove Public Library, The Stars & Stripes, Downers Grove, IL 2 pm
Nov 15    Sacred Heart Church, Old Time Rock n Roll, Lombard, IL 2 pm
Nov 17    Sheridan at Green Oaks, Old Time Rock n Roll, Lake Bluff, IL 4pm
Nov 19    American Legion, Holiday & Patriotic Songs, La Villa, Chicago, IL 1:30
Nov 21    Church Creek, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Arlington Heights, IL 2 pm
Nov 29    Franciscan Village, A Prairie Holiday, Lemont, IL 1 & 2:30 pm
Nov 30    Silverado, A Prairie Holiday, Lake Zurich, IL 3 pm

Dec  1      W. Lake Shore Retired Teachers, A Prairie Holiday, Willowbrook, IL 1 pm
Dec  2      Trinity Lutheran Church, A Prairie Holiday, Des Plaines, IL 1:30
Dec  4      St. Constance, A Prairie Holiday, Lido Rest., Chicago, IL 1 pm
Dec  6      Vi at the Glen, A Prairie Holiday, Glenview, IL 3 pm
Dec  6      Beacon Hill, A Prairie Holiday, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Dec  7      Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes, A Prairie Holiday, Vernon Hills, IL 3 pm
Dec  11    Travanse Living, A Prairie Holiday, Wheaton, IL 2 pm
Dec  12    Resurrection Retirement, A Prairie Holiday, Chicago, IL 1:30
Dec  15    Mather's Cafe, A Prairie Holiday, Chicago, IL 5:30 pm
Dec  16    The Holmstad, A Prairie Holiday, Batavia, IL 2-4 pm
Dec  19    Westminster Place, A Prairie Holiday, Evanston, IL 7:30 pm
Dec  22    Bethany Healthcare, A Prairie Holiday, Dekalb, IL 2 pm
Dec  23    Sheridan at Green Oaks, A Prairie Holiday, Lake Bluff, IL 4pm
Dec  24    Brookdale Des Plaines,  A Prairie Holiday, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm


Monday, November 27, 2017

2018 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE


2018 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
To book a performance call (708) 366-6040
rickpickren@bigstrikemusic.com 

Jan   3       Seneca Public Library, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Seneca, IL 2 pm
Jan   5       Independence Village, Songs of Love & Romance, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm 
Jan  13      Silverado, Songs of Love & Romance, Lake Villa, IL 3 pm
Jan  17      Bridgeway, Songs of Love & Romance, Bensenville, IL 2 pm
Jan  18      Brookdale Des Plaines, Songs of Love & Romance, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm
Jan  20      The Vi, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Glenview, IL 2:30 
Jan  25      Sheridan at Green Oaks, Songs of Love & Romance, Lake Bluff, IL 4 pm
Jan  26      Glenview Senior Center, Old Time Rock n Roll, Glenview, IL 12:45

Feb   6      Woman's Club of Wheaton, Songs of Love & Romance, Wheaton, IL 1 pm
Feb   7      Beacon Hill, Songs of Love & Romance, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Feb   8      Pryme Tymers, Songs of Love & Romance, Evergreen Park, IL 11 am
Feb  11     Vassar Public Library, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Vassar, Mi 2 pm
Feb  13     Arlington Heights PD, Songs of Love & Romance, Cotillion, Palatine, IL 1 pm
Feb  14     Beacon Hill, Songs of Love & Romance, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Feb  16     South Park Church, Songs of Love & Romance, Park Ridge, IL 8 pm
Feb  17     Knights of Columbus Luncheon, The Stars & Stripes, Hilton-Oak Brook, IL 1 pm
Feb  21     The Vi, Songs of Love & Romance, Glenview, IL 3 pm
Feb  23     The Abbey, Songs of Love & Romance, Elmhurst, IL 12:30

March  2   Independence Village, St. Paddy's Day, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm
March  5   Brookdale Oak Park, St. Paddy's Day, Oak Park, Il 2 pm

March  6   Eve Assisted Living,  St. Paddy's Day, Hinsdale, IL 3 pm 
March 14  Palos Heights Seniors, St. Paddy's Day, Palos Heights, IL 1:30
March 15  Brookdale Des Plaines, St. Paddy's Day, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm
March 16  The Birches, St. Paddy's Day, Clarendon Hills, IL 2 pm
March 16  Sheridan at Green Oaks, St. Paddy's Day, Lake Bluff, IL 4 pm
March 16  Beacon Hill,  St. Paddy's Day, Lombard, IL 7 pm
March 18  Silverado, St. Paddy's Day Celebration, Lake Villa, IL 3 pm
March 23  St. Raphael Church, St. Paddy's Day Celebration, Naperville, IL 7:30 pm

April  5     Highland Park Senior Ctr, Songs from the Trails & Rails, Highland Park, IL 1:30
April  20   Independence Village, Derby Days, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm

May   1     1st Presby Womens Club, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Chicago Heights, IL 1:30
May   4     Beacon Hill, Derby Days, Lombard, IL 7 pm
May  11    Wheaton Public Library, TBD, Wheaton, IL  7:15 pm
May  16    Holland Home, The Stars & Stripes, South Holland, IL 1:30 pm
May  17    Brookdale Des Plaines, Derby Days!, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm  
May  18    McHenry Senior Services, Derby Days! McHenry, IL 12:30
May  28    Sheridan at Green Oaks, The Stars & Stripes, Lake Bluff, IL 4 pm
May  29    Wayne Township Senior Ctr, The Stars & Stripes,West Chicago, IL 10 am
May  29    Peace Village, The Stars & Stripes, Palos Park, IL 6:30 pm
May  30    Independence Village,  The Stars & Stripes,  Frankenmuth, MI 7 pm

June  5     Aurora Retired Teachers, Old Time Rock n Roll, Aurora, IL 12:30
June 13    Bridgeway, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Bensenville, IL 2 pm
June 15    The Garlands, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Barrington, IL 7 pm
June 16    Silverado, Songs for Fathers Day, Lake Villa, IL 3 pm
June 21    Brookdale Des Plaines, The Stars & Stripes,  Des Plaines, IL 2 pm
June 28    Wintrust Platinum Adventurers, The Stars & Stripes, Chicago 12:30

July   1     Silverado, The Stars & Stripes, Lake Villa, IL 3 pm
July   2     Brookdale Oak Park, The Stars & Stripes, Oak Park, IL 2 pm
July   3     The Admiral,  The Stars & Stripes, Chicago, IL 2 pm
July   4     Cantata,  The Stars & Stripes, Brookfield, IL 2 pm
July   4     Beacon Hill,The Stars & Stripes, Lombard, IL 7 pm   
July   5     Brookdale Des Plaines, The Stars & Stripes, Des Plaines, IL 7 pm
July 27     Independence Village, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Frankenmuth, MI 2pm

Aug   1     Silverado, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Lake Villa, IL 3 pm
Aug  16   Beacon Hill, Old Time Rock n Roll, Lombard, IL 3 pm

Sept  12   Dundee Township Ctr, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Carpentersville, IL 1 pm
Sept  18   Dyer Historical Society, The Stars & Stripes, Dyer, In 7 pm
Sept  20   Beacon Hill, Old Time Rock n Roll, Lombard, IL 3 pm
Sept  21   Independence Village, Old Time Rock n Roll, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm 
Sept  28   Bethany Healthcare,  Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Dekalb, IL 2 pm
 
Oct    6    The Garlands, Songs of Love & Romance, Barrington, IL 1:30
Oct   19   Brookdale Oak Park, Songs of Love & Romance, Oak Park, IL 2 pm
Oct   24   Beacon Hill, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Lombard, IL 7 pm
Oct   25   Brookdale Des Plaines, Ghost Riders & Spooky Songs, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm 

Nov  2     Bethany Healthcare, The Stars & Stripes, Dekalb, IL 2 pm
Nov  9     Mayslake, The Stars & Stripes, Oakbrook, IL 10 am
Nov  28   Independence Village, A Prairie Holiday, Frankenmuth, MI 7 pm 

Dec   4     Bethany Healthcare, A Prairie Holiday, Dekalb, IL 2 pm 
Dec   7     Independence Village, A Prairie Holiday, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm 
Dec   12   Beacon Hill, A Prairie Holiday, Lombard, IL 7 pm 
Dec   17   Brookdale Oak Park, A Prairie Holiday, Oak Park, IL 2 pm 
Dec   20   Brookdale Des Plaines, A Prairie Holiday, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Music Program Brochure

For 2017 I have an all new program entitled Old Time Rock n Roll!
The program contains music and history from the 50's and early 60's.
It features songs like Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny B. Goode, All I Have To Do Is Dream,
Bye, Bye, Love, Rockin' Robin, Walk Like A Man and Don't Be Cruel.

Download a pdf of my program brochure here:
Pickren 2017 Program Brochure (PDF)

Download a jpg of my program brochure here:
Pickren 2017 Program Brochure (jpg)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Here We Have Idaho Lyrics & Chords

I've had many requests for the chords & lyrics to my recording of Idaho's official state song.
Here We Have Idaho is featured on The State Songs Volume 3.
It's one of my favorite official state songs. Listen here:  Here We Have Idaho