Summer music jamboree underway


AMBOY — Amboy’s 2023 Summer Music Jamboree is underway. The free entertainment is most Saturdays until the end of July, downtown at the city band shelter. Show times are 7-9 p.m. There is a wide variety of genres including, rock, country, contemporary and new this year a gospel vocal blend. 

Longtime organizer Rob Loomis found that his schedule was too busy to continue with booking acts and organizing the shows. Cindy Phillips, a lifelong Amboy resident took it upon herself to keep the vibe going. 

“My mom and I would attend most shows and so we kind of had an idea of how things went,” she explained. “With the help of my husband, we started to set up the barricades and security tape and it just continued from there. I didn’t want to see this come to an end.”

Phillips was given the list of entertainers from previous years, and went about contacting everyone to see who might be available and willing to do it. 

“I made quite a few phone calls re-connecting with groups and searching for new music in order to fill the slots,” she said. 

The city takes care of the band fees and Mayor John Schamberger is glad that things will continue. 

“I thanked Cindy for stepping up and making this happen,” he said. “We (city) hope to continue be supportive.” 

Phillips vision for the future is to continue to come up with new ideas. 

“We welcome new suggestions and anything else that will get more residents interested, she added. “The best part so far has been meeting the band members and visiting with the people from our community. It’s a nice social outlet. Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and favorite beverage and come enjoy being outside and listening to good music.”