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Jon Conover to perform at release party in St. Charles

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  • Jon Conover, Nancy Vance, center, executive director of LivingWell, and Susan Lyons, development director of LivingWell, prepare for Jon's CD release party and benefit concert.

      Jon Conover, Nancy Vance, center, executive director of LivingWell, and Susan Lyons, development director of LivingWell, prepare for Jon's CD release party and benefit concert.
    Photo by Andrew Young

 

Submitted by Arcada Theatre

Musician and local native Jon Conover will perform at the Arcada Theatre from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 29, at his release party for his new CD, "Make It 'til November."

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Tickets start at $20 for the concert, or VIP tickets are available for $100 which includes front and center seating, a private four-course gourmet dinner with Jon and his band at McNally's in St. Charles and a autographed copy of the Conover's CD, "Make it 'til November."

Tickets are available online only at www.joncover.com and autographed CDs will be available after the show.

Conover, who penned all of the original songs on his new CD, will be back in Illinois from Los Angeles where he has recently recorded his CD with top studio musicians and has expanded his career as a singer/songwriter. He has traveled the world with his music, including time spent in Nashville and touring and performing in Ireland before landing most recently in Los Angeles.

"I moved to Sandwich at the age of 10 and started playing guitar and singing when I was young, influenced by gospel music and the 'song behind the song,'" Conover said. "I was in bands since I was 15, eventually went to Nashville, performed in Europe and then I ended up in L.A. There, I started to perform at higher profile venues and I was fortunate to meet a lot of great people, including the well-known producer and musician Ed Roth at the famous jazz club, The Baked Potato. Things just clicked between us, and Ed produced my new CD and will perform at my release party concert as well."

Conover's concert at the Arcada will feature high profile musicians including Linda Taylor on guitar (Tracy Chapman and Whose Line is it Anyway?); Stevie Stevens on drums (Janet Jackson and Glen Hughes); Ed Roth on keyboard (Coolio, Sophie B. Hawkins and Peter Frampton); and Andrew Ford on bass (Whitney Houston).

Describing his new album, Conover said, "Stylistically, the music might be classified as pop or singer/songwriter, but its influences range from folk, soul, and R&B to country. The sound of the album was built around the songs and it supports them, so they all have an individual quality, but remain in the same vibe." Samples of Conover's recordings can be heard on his website at www.jonconover.com.

The preconcert dinner at McNally's will be prepared by Jessica Rachel Conover, executive chef of McNally's Irish Pub. It will include an appetizer reception at 7 p.m. of warm Brie and cherries in buttery puff pastry purse; and a three-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. consisting of a salad course of petite arugula and house smoked salmon with roasted baby beets, English peas, cashews and herbed goat cheese in citrus vinaigrette; an entree duet of grilled sea scallop topped with roasted pepper jam on creamy sweet corn polenta and coriander and herb crusted skirt steak with a grilled asparagus; aged Irish cheddar and red potato salad; and blackberry and brandy cobbler for dessert.

"I chose to make my release party a benefit for LivingWell because I am moved by the things that they are doing there and really wanted to give back," Conover said.

Conover also will perform at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet July 28 for a pre-release party.

To order tickets and to find out more about Conover, go to his website at www.jonconover.com. For questions, call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or email jon@jonconover.com.

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