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Market Alley Music Days Starts 2017 Season
The first Market Alley Music Days event of 2017 will occur on Wednesday, May 24th from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Market Alley, just off of Monmouth’s historic Public Square. The tradition of lunchtime music, food and fun continues this summer during Market Alley Music Days, which is organized by the Monmouth Business Council. Market Alley Music Days take place twice a month through August, with delicious food and great live music. During Music Days, you’ll hear everything from blues to country to rock. These free events are held in Market Alley on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On rainy days, they take place at the 1st Street Armoury.

This first event is sponsored by Maude Specklebelly’s (109 East Broadway). Lunch willbe provided by the always mouthwatering Eddie B’s Ribs & Grill. The Monmouth Business Council will provide an assortment of sodas and bottled water for $1 each. Music will be provided by Galesburg native and long-time musician Ed Kunkle. Knuckle has often played at Galesburg’s Cafe in the Park summer series, and this marks his debut performance at Market Alley Music Days. Kunkle plays a great mix of county, classic rock and folk on his acoustic guitar. “This is our sixth season of Market Alley Days, and we are so pleased with the support from our community,” said Michelle Reyburn, Monmouth Business Council co-director.

Market Alley Music Days are hosted by the Monmouth Business Council (, a volunteer organization of Monmouth businesses dedicated to promoting and encouraging events and commerce here in the Maple City.

The full listing of the 2017 season is below:
May 24
Sponsor: Maude Specklebelly’s
Food: Eddie B’s Ribs & Grill
Music: Ed Kunkle

June 14
Sponsor: IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Food: Danny’s Tap & Grille
Music: Bill Maakestad

June 28
Sponsor: Midwest Bank
Food: Midwest Bank Relay for Life
Music: No Reason

July 6 (Evening Event 5:30-7pm)
Sponsor: United Way
Food: Bijou Pub and Grill
Dessert: The Kitchen/Linda Putnam
Music: Jordan Danielsen and Jef Spradley

July 12
Sponsor: Monmouth Farm and Home Realty
Food: 112 Bistro
Music: Almost Live

July 26
Sponsor: Smithfield Foods
Food: The Pizza Place
Music: Lewis Knudsen

August 9
Sponsor: Warren Achievement
Food: Alfano’s Pizzeria
Music: Shaniah Paige

August 23
Sponsor: Courtyard/Legacy Estates
Food: Cerar’s Barnstormer/Petey’s
Music: Charlie Hayes

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