2637 Knox Road 2300 E, La Fayette, IL 61449


Jul 16 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

2023 Levitt AMP Galva Music Series | Tami Neilson & Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps | FREE CONCERT

Every Sunday from May 28th through August 6th (except July 2nd) there will be FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY live music at beautiful Wiley Park in Galva, Illinois starting at 6:00pm.

Events are rain or shine. Please bring your lawn chairs/blankets to sit on. Food vendors will be on site. Free art kits will be available on a first-come basis at each concert.

From being cradled as a baby in the arms of Roy Orbison, to performing a duet with Willie Nelson, you would think that Tami Neilson lived a country music fantasy life.
However, in between these monumental occurrences, The Neilson Family Band, with Tami’s parents, and two brothers, were having to busk in the streets of small-town Ontario in order to put food on the table, performing gospel concerts to prisoners, and roaring down the Trans-Canada Highway in an exploding RV on her way to open for Johnny Cash, which she managed to do, at 18 years old, in her pajamas.
And then Tami left to start her own family on the other side of the world in New Zealand, where she now resides. Her busking chops served her well, as she took to the streets of Auckland looking for her big break. From open mic nights to clubs, to then headlining theatres and major festivals across New Zealand, Tami has now won almost every music award possible.
2022 now brings Tami’s 5th album, Kingmaker. Recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, Kingmaker was born of the pandemic. A moment when women were struggling. Frontline workers fighting for human lives. Essential services providers. Disproportionately affected by furlough: a “she-cession,” analysts termed it. Women put their dreams and careers on hold to care for their families and homeschool children. They mobilized online to bring awareness to domestic abuse and systemic inequalities. They marched in the streets for the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the remains of more than 1,700 indigenous children found in mass graves of former residential schools in Canada.
The songs of Kingmaker exposes industry systems, exploding patriarchal structures of the industry, society, and family. These are not new themes for Tami – both her 2018 album Sassafrass! and 2020 Chickaboom! called attention to misogyny and patriarchal structures. But Kingmaker draws out this theme further. In the opening, title track, Tami calls out the men that control the industry and create “kings” of its male artists. But the song flips the script: with the cinematic flair of a Bond film, Tami puts women in the seat of power. Speaking for a collective of kingmakers, speaking sharply, speaking with irritation, she challenges what bell hooks (Talking Back) terms the politics of domination that render women nameless and voiceless in the industry. This is not a breakdown or a collapse. This is a revolt
Tami questions gender roles and expectations of women in society. She shines a light on misogyny and sexual misconduct that pervades the music industry. Before they’re too grown to see… She sings of the underestimation of women, of their strength, power, fierceness, and resilience in the face of structural, and cultural barriers to their full participation in society.
Grief is central to this narrative. There’s the grief of loss. After finding a work tape of her father Ron Neilson of music for an unfinished song, Tami wrote the lyrics that completed “I Can Forget” – a song about being caught unexpectedly by grief. This theme continues in Tami’s duet with Willie Nelson on “Beyond the Stars.” There’s also the grief that comes with realizing that the music that runs in your blood is tainted and poisonous for women and people of colour.
Tami’s story is at the centre of this feminist tapestry. “King of Country Music” reveals her country music lineage: singing with Queen of Country music Kitty Wells at the age of 10, touring with her family, slipping demo tapes in laundry bags of stars. Unlike the male stars who inherited their position by virtue of being white men in a system built by and for white men, this song addresses the challenges that women face earning their place in the industry.
The story of Tami Neilson is just taking shape, from her humble beginnings and tireless work ethic, and success, on her own terms. Tami Neilson is now using her voice to be a game changer, a cage shaker, a Kingmaker.
Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps
It’s mayhaps— not mayhem, although we might cause it, and not mishaps, although they do happen.
Patty PerShayla is a former small-town pageant queen turned rock ’n’ roll powerhouse. Stomping on corner stages across her home state of Michigan, she established herself as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, winning the 2019 WYCE Jammie Award for Best Rock/Pop Album for her solo EP, Oracle Bones. In 2019, she converted to rock ’n’ roll and joined forces with guitarist Lucas Powell and drummer Alec Klinefelter to form Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps. After releasing their blues-infused, riff-driven debut album, Cheap Diction (2021), the group road-tested their live set, playing over a hundred shows across the Midwest and East Coast, then packed the van for a move to Nashville. Despite being a three-piece band, The Mayhaps have developed a larger-than-life sound with soaring guitar solos and compelling vocal moments, featuring a spectacle of a five-foot-two (-and-three-quarters) woman, hooting and strutting across the stage, gracefully wielding a bass guitar almost the size of her wingspan.
Though the internet is often a subject of scrutiny on Cheap Diction, the Mayhaps have honed their online presence, successfully crowdfunding their first music video for “Slo Mo” overnight on Kickstarter. The music video later went on to win Best Music Video at the 2022 Grand Rapids Film Festival and became an official selection for the 2022 North x North and DeadCenter film festivals. Patty has also cultivated a dedicated audience on Patreon, documenting her songwriting process and performing cover songs chosen by patrons. She is an avid annual participant in She Shreds’ One Riff a Day (#1RAD) challenge on Instagram and is best known for her ukulele covers of heavy metal songs on YouTube.
Beyond The Mayhaps, Patty also joined multi-instrumentalists The Accidentals as their fourth set of hands during their 2021 Vessel national tour with Sawyer Fredericks (winner of The Voice season eight), donning the bass, electric guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. In 2022, she joined progressive rock group and Rush cover band YYNOT as their lead singer, reaching a million views on Facebook for their cover of Rush’s “Anthem” and collaborating with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jonathan Dinklage (Clockwork Angels String Ensemble), and others for the 2023 Bubba Bash charity event in celebration of Neil Peart’s life.
Not slowing down in 2023, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps are stepping hard on the gas pedal and touring more cities and music festivals than years prior. The trio have plans to release an EP and record their next full-length album within the year, so stay tuned on socials and consider monthly or annual support on Patreon to get behind-the-scenes updates.

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