"Where do you live and have concerts? I moved to Burlington IA and always
followed your concerts near Chicago. I will come." (Mount Vernon, Iowa is the answer!
Nancy Freeman is a creative catalyst, producing dozens of house concerts and
major musical events. She also is the founder of LilFest, a performance concept that delivers
unforgettable, interactive experiences for musicians with their audiences. Now based out of the
picturesque and culturally vibrant Mt. Vernon, she shares her passion about bringing some of
America’s best musicians in contact with appreciative audiences, and developing a vibrant indie
folk music scene in the Heartland. This spring’s line-up includes The Sweet Potatoes, Eric
Taylor and Mt. Vernon’s own Phil Heywood, returning from his new hometown, Minneapolis
John Busbee, The Culture Buzz on KFMG 98.9 FM, Des Moines
About the Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon's Community Center-- "The acoustics in
The Uptown Theatre are fabulous. It's effortless to sing with the sound is this good."
Claudia Nygaard, Nashville
"It was really nice meeting you, and I hope we can stay in touch. You
seem like a well of awesomeness and I'd love to hear more great stories and such."
Moss, showcase artist, 2015 FAI
"I feel like Franz Schubert or something! This room is great."
"I love playing this room. I play differently because you can hear every
"You know all the best people, Nancy."
"All because of you mentioning them as one of
your house concerts a couple of times, I'm taking my son who is in school at Tufts to see Antje
Duvekot and Richard Shindell tonight in Somerville, Massachusetts!! We were walking along
the street and I saw Antje's name on the Marquee of the local Somerville Theater. So it
drew me to the ticket window like a magnet, the way your house concerts drew me before I
unceremoniously moved to San Francisco.
Without you, we would not be going! So Thank you.
Even though I now live in San Francisco, fond memories of enjoying great music at your house
concerts live on in my mind!"
"I think what you are doing for music is
absolutely wonderful. You probably don't hear this enough, but it's people like you who keep the
music alive, and help make it accessible to all the listeners. I saw that cool t-shirt with all
the names of the people who've performed at LilFest over the years... how totally cool!"
"Nancy, you're a true impresario. You're
very effective at teaching others to love what you love." Stuart Rosenberg
(and for all the people who read this, what I’ve done
isn’t really all that hard. I’m happy to consult with others to facilitate live music in your
own community! -Nancy)
Deeply rooted songs and stories of passion
and power for our modern lives.