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.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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       Vassar Fields, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Vassar, MI 11 am
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  16      1st Presbyterian Church, Songs of Love & Romance, Park Ridge, IL 1 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      Solstice Senior Living, Songs of Love & Romance, Palatine, IL 12:30
Jan  20      The Vi, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Glenview, IL 2:30 
Jan  20      Brookdale Vernon Hills, Old Time Rock n Roll, Vernon Hills, IL 7 pm 
Jan  24     The Lodge, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Northbrook, IL 7 
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
Jan  31      Church Creek,  Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Arlington Heights, IL 2pm

Feb   2      Three Crowns Park, Songs of Love & Romance, Evanston, IL 3:15
Feb   6      Woman's Club of Wheaton, Songs of Love & Romance, Wheaton, IL 1 pm
Feb   8      Pryme Tymers, Songs of Love & Romance, Evergreen Park, IL 11 am
Feb  13     Arlington Heights PD, Songs of Love & Romance, Cotillion, Palatine, IL 1 pm 
Feb  14     Church Creek, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Arlington Heights, IL 2 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 Ladies Lunch,  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
Feb  27      The Greens, Songs of Love & Romance, Elgin, IL 7 pm

March  2   Vassar Fields, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Vassar, MI 11 am
March  2   Independence Village, St. Paddy's Day, Frankenmuth, MI 2 pm 
March  3   Tuscola Med Ctr, Songs of Love & Romance, Caro, MI 6:30 
March  4   Vassar Public Library, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Vassar, Mi 2 pm
March  5   Brookdale Oak Park, St. Paddy's Day, Oak Park, Il 2 pm
March  5   Oak Trace, Country Nights! Downers Grove, IL 7 pm
March  6   Eve Assisted Living,  St. Paddy's Day, Hinsdale, IL 3 pm
March 13  Peace Village,  St. Paddy's Day, Palos Park, IL 6:30
March 14  Palos Heights Seniors, St. Paddy's Day, Palos Heights, IL 1:30
March 14  The Lodge, St. Paddy's Day, Northbrook, IL 7
March 15  Sunrise Bloomingdale, St. Paddy's Day, Bloomingdale, IL 2 pm 
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 17  Sunrise Highland Park,  St. Paddy's Day, Highland Park, IL 2
March 17  Brookdale Lake Shore, St. Paddy's Day with the Celtic Cowboy, Chicago, IL 7:30 
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  3    The Holmstad, Songs of Love & Romance, Batavia, IL 3 & 6:30  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
April  24   Alden Waterford, Derby Days!, Aurora, IL 2 pm 

May   1     1st Presby Womens Club, Rails, Rogues & Wrecks, Chicago Heights, IL 1:30
May   2     Yesterday's Youth Club, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Biaggios, Chicago, 1 pm 
May   4     Beacon Hill, Derby Days, Lombard, IL 7 pm
May   5     Knights of Columbus Luncheon, The Stars & Stripes, Hilton-Oak Brook, IL 1
May   9     Frisbie Senior Ctr, Old Time Rock n Roll, Des Plaines, IL 12:30 pm
May   9     Church Creek, Derby Days!, Arlington Heights, IL 6:30 pm
May  11    Wheaton Public Library, Old Time Rock n Roll, Wheaton, IL  7:15 pm
May  15    Victory Lakes, The Stars & Stripes, Lindenhurst, IL 1:30, 3:30, 6:45
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  25    Sunrise Bloomingdale, The Stars & Stripes, Bloomingdale, IL 2 pm
May  28    Brookdale Vernon Hills, The Stars & Stripes, Vernon Hills, IL 2 pm 
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  8     The Lone Tree Manor, Old Time Rock n Roll, Niles, IL 2:30
June 10    Sunrise Wilmette,  Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Wilmette, IL 1:30
June 12    Hinsdale United Methodist Church, Old Time Rock n Roll, Hinsdale IL 7:30
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 19    Alden Waterford, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Aurora, IL 2 pm
June 21    Brookdale Des Plaines, The Stars & Stripes,  Des Plaines, IL 2 pm
June 26    The Holmstad, The Stars & Stripes, Batavia, IL 3 & 6:30 pm
June 28    Wintrust Platinum Adventurers, The Stars & Stripes, Chicago 12:30
June 29    Sunrise Bloomingdale, The Stars & Stripes, Bloomingdale, IL 2 pm 

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     Eve Assisted Living,  The Stars & Stripes, Hinsdale, IL 10:30 am
July   3     The Admiral,  The Stars & Stripes, Chicago, IL 2 pm
July   3     Brookdale Lake Shore, The Stars & Stripes, Chicago, IL 3:30 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 10     Alden Waterford,  The Stars & Stripes,  Aurora, IL 2 pm 
July 25     Holmstad, Songs From the Lonesome Prairie, Batavia, IL 2pm
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
Aug  19   Bartlett Public Library, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Bartlett, Il 2 pm
Aug  21   The Holmstad, Songs From The Lonesome Prairie, Batavia, IL 3 & 6:30
Aug  24   Church Creek, Old Time Rock n Roll, Arlington Heights, IL 6:30 pm 

Sept  12   Dundee Township Ctr, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Carpentersville, IL 1 pm 
Sept  14   Three Crowns Park, Old Time Rock n Roll, Evanston, IL 3:15  
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   10   Itasca Seniors, Old Time Rock n Roll, Holiday Inn, Itasca, IL 1 pm 
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 & Other Spooky Songs, Des Plaines, IL 2 pm
Oct   31   Mather's Cafe, Ghost Riders & Other Spooky Songs, Chicago, IL 5:30

Nov  2     Bethany Healthcare, The Stars & Stripes, Dekalb, IL 2 pm
Nov  7     The Holmstad, The Stars & Stripes, Batavia, IL 3 & 6:30 
Nov  8     Church Creek, Songs of the Singing Cowboys, Arlington Heights, IL 1:30 pm
Nov  9     Mayslake, The Stars & Stripes, Oakbrook, IL 10 am
Nov  12   Eve Assisted Living, The Stars & Stripes, Hinsdale, IL 3 pm
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

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Academy of Western Artists Nomination

I'm honored to have been nominated by The Academy of Western Artists as one of the five finalist for Best Western Artist of 2017. The awards show is on March 17 in Fort Worth, Tx. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend due a heavy week of performing my Celtic Cowboy program. Doggone. Hate to miss it.
My new CD, Pale Moon on the Prairie, was nominated as Best Western Album but, alas, it didn't finish in the top five. A number of songs from the album were also nominated including Pale Moon on the Prairie, Swingin' Through The Sagebrush, Beneath the Apple Trees, A Cowboy Needs a Horse and one I wrote with lyricist Dennis Goodwin about Roy and Dale called God Save the King and Queen.  Dennis put together a nice video of the song.
Here's the link. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pale Moon on the Prairie

A hearty thanks as big as the Wyoming sky to all the western DJs who've been playing my new album, Pale Moon on the Prairie. It is currently #6 on the top 30 Western Album Chart.

 Sample the CD here or on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, CD Universe, Amazon and CDBaby.