FBTF ft. Whistle Pigs
The Whistle Pigs Dance Band continues the tradition of versatile musical offerings. Contemporary music. Classic rock. Jazz. Rhythm and blues. It’s hard to fit the Whistle Pigs into a single category. Entertaining Michiana audiences of all ages since 1993, these entertainers provide a polished and exciting musical experience. The Whistle Pigs seven-piece dance band is a close-knit family of musicians who have performed with such groups as The Temptations, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Charlie Daniels, Roomful of Blues, Jim Schwall, Electric Amish, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Mack, Pinetop Perkins, Bobby Vinton, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, The Birds, Lonnie Brooks, War, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Atlanta Rhythm Section and America. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Whaley adds the right mix of rock and blues styling to complement the powerful lead vocals and aggressive guitar playing of Jamie Miller. Johnny B. Gayden brings the groovin’ bass line to the front, while versatile drummer Dan Degucz rounds out the group. The Common Prairie Dog Brass section features the talents of Josh Kaser on trumpet, Ed Lotter on trombone and Eric Atkins on saxophone. Their original charts reflect the sound of The Blues Brothers, Tower of Power, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The Association of Performing Arts Report says, “…the Whistle Pigs are a dance band that is easy to work with and warms up a crowd in no time at all. Members of the audience were up and dancing practically from the first number. Good vocals, good instrumentalists and good humor made them a winning package”.
Fridays by the Fountain
An outdoor lunch-time concert series, Fridays by the Fountain on the Jon R. Hunt Plaza is a summertime tradition in downtown South Bend! Each summer between the months of June and August, the concert series runs every Friday and features live entertainment from local Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, and Country bands. The concerts are free and run from 11:45am – 1:15pm.
Food vendors are available and they offer a variety of lunchtime favorites including pizza, sandwiches, salads and smoothies, or you may choose to bring your own! Tables are set in and around the plaza to give concertgoers a space to eat – or bring a blanket and relax on the lawn.
*Any ticket purchase made on the internet or by phone will be refunded, if a show is cancelled, less the non-refundable convenience fees.
Convenient event parking is available at the public garage on the corner of Main and Colfax and at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel/1st Source Bank Complex. Parking is also available on the streets within walking distance of the Morris and also at the Leighton Center on Washington Street between Main and Michigan Streets. PLEASE NOTE: The surface parking lots immediately to the north of the Morris Performing Arts Center are private lots. No public parking is permitted in the Hoffman or LaSalle Building lots. Vehicles risk being towed.