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Sibling Harmony and the Gates Family will be performing this Friday to help raise money for people along the East Coast who have been affected by the devastating storms. Both bands include local Monticello talent.
The concert begins 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16, at Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello (next to ShopKo). Thanks to the sponsorship of Thrivent Community East Central Illinois, this concert is free for any who would like to attend. All donations given at the concert will directly benefit people in need along the East Coast.
Lee Schofield, a Monticello resident, plays guitar with the Gates Family, a bluegrass gospel band based out of Bloomington. The morning after the concert Lee and his family will be traveling east with a trailer full of donated supplies to help those in need.
Sibling Harmony consists primarily of three siblings, Kim Bueltmann of Mequon, Wisconsin, Kevin Bueltmann of Tremont, and Kurtis Bueltmann, who serves as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello. They play a variety of contemporary Christian music mixed with their own original songs, and are known to trade instruments during concerts. Another unique feature of the group is a drum set redesigned by Kurtis to be played standing up, who is often known for playing barefoot. The band has performed in states across the country for audiences up to 5,000, and so far they have released three original CDs.
When asked about who leads Sibling Harmony, “Leadership could have been assigned to any of us. Kevin, since he’s the oldest of the three; Kim, since she’s the only girl; or me, since I’m the smartest, most talented, and best looking,” explains Kurtis jokingly. “Actually,” continues Kurtis, “we share the leadership, and anytime our opinions differ, we can always come to a two-thirds majority pretty easily.”
Sibling Harmony will be joined by Greg Bueltmann on keyboard, Rod Vansandt on lead guitar, as well as Abi and Augie Bueltmann of Monticello.