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Vince Moreno

Vince Moreno will be featured Friday at the Big John Mcanelly Memorial Music Fest and Jon Mcanelly Birthday Bash in Marion.

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Two days packed with traditional country and Americana music will be featured at the sixth annual Big John Mcanelly Memorial Music Fest and Jon Mcanelly Birthday Bash.

The event is Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at Just One More in Marion. Music starts at 5:30 p.m., and there is a $5 cover charge each day. All proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Friday lineup includes hardcore honky tonk lead singer Vince Moreno, who plays keyboards in the road bands for Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley. He will front a band consisting of steel guitarist Tom Killen (who toured for two decades with George Jones), drummer Cliff Thompson, bassist Gage Boecker and fiddler Johnny Lee Carpenter. The Jackson Junction Band, with lead vocalist Dave Clark, and Clayton Gribble will also perform.

“The opening band Friday may be the best classic country band in Nashville. Vince is an incredible singer and everyone in the band is a phenomenal musician,” says event host Jon Mcanelly. “Dave Clark and Jackson Junction has been the best country band in Southern Illinois for a long, long time. It will be a great night.”

The Saturday schedule includes Travis Beasley and “Skinny” Jim Rotramel, the Cadillac Jones Band and the acoustic trio of Kali Lynn, Shawn Meyer and Mike McCluskey.

“Music is my passion,” Mcanelly said. “Any time I can bring in some of the top Nashville players and blend them with the best talent in Southern Illinois, while raising money for a great cause and honoring the memory of my father, there is potential for a fantastic weekend.”

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