The opening concert in the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series will feature some homegrown talent.

The opening concert in the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series will feature some homegrown talent.

Harvest Sons is the opening act for Saturday’s (May 19) warm-up concert for the music series in Wiley Park, and Galva natives Nik Grafelman and Nathan Glaser are part of the Peoria-based, folk-country band.

Grafelman plays guitar and provides vocals, while Glaser is the band’s drummer.

The band put out some demo songs and began playing regional venues two years ago. Harvest Sons is now gearing up to take their show on the road. The influence of Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, John Prine, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff and so many others can be heard in their music. 

In addition to Grafelman and Glaser, the band features lead singer Seth Cocquit, Andrew Greiner, Nathan Cowan and Elyse Wiley. The band is labeled “one of the most original acts” around; from ripping fiddle solos to guitar solos that are reminiscent of a new take on country, classic rock, roots music and bluegrass.

Harvest Sons is scheduled to take the Wiley Park stage at 6 p.m., followed by The People at 7 p.m.

The People is an acoustic folk-country duo created by Nashville recording artist Brooke Byam and folk-troubadour Marques Morel. The People feature original music and re-interpretations of old favorites. Morel gets inspiration from Woody Guthrie, Andrew Jacob Holm, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker. Byam began singing Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline songs at the age of three. She later discovered a passion for song writing, as well. 

At the early age of 16, one of her songs made it into a 20th Century Fox movie, in which Brooke had the opportunity to perform her song on the silver screen. 

Her journey eventually led her to Nashville, Tenn. It was in Nashville that Brooke's talents really began to shine. She has had the opportunity to perform with Nashville's finest musicians.

A busy day in Wiley Park starts at 1 p.m. with a Vendor Fair; Galva: Ready, Set, Grow serving dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; and food vendors featuring Snazzy’s Lemonade and Uncle Nolan’s Diner.

The Galva Arts Council is using Saturday’s concert as a trial run to make sure everything runs smoothly during the main concert series, which opens May 27 with The Giving Tree Band and John Till.

If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteer at any of the concerts, let the Arts Council know by email at john.r.taylor@gmail.com or by calling (563) 293-6986. 

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is a free, 10-week summer concert series in Wiley Park funded by the Levitt Foundation and the Galva community.