Frequently Asked Questions:


How can I register?

There's a "create an account" link on the bottom, right side of the home page.  Also, every page includes a login/logout link in the rmenu on the right side which will lead you to a login screen that contains a "Don't have an account?" link.

Either of the Create an account or Don't have an account links will open a registration form.  The site asks only for your name, a username you'd like to show as on the site, and an email address to verify your login.


Does anything here cost anything?

Registration on the site is completely free.  We never ask for any financial or payment information.   JAMs are free- there may be some food provided-  pizza, chilli, pie etc., if you want to leave a couple bucks if you attent that would probably be ok.   We incur an expense for the professional acts, such as Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys, and we try and offset the cost (along with other incidentals such as food and help), with a suggested donation which is published ahead of events.  This is a non-profit, friends & family venue, so costs are kept as moderate as possible - just enough to cover expenses.


Why should I register?

An unregistered guest is able to see only very basic information- Barn history, past events etc.    As soon as you register you gain access to a calendar of upcoming events (and there are some outstanding ones),  Past Jam information, pictures, recording samples.  


Why do I need an email address to register?

Your email address is used to verify that you're a real person, or to reset your password if you ever forget it.  At some point in the future you may have an option to join a mailing list if you desire.   We don't have one at this time.  If you choose to participate in the jams, we might forward information about any changes in time / location etc.


Is anyone invited to your jams?

 The goal this late Spring, Summer, and early Fall is to host a few large jams in the barn. The jams will be announced on this website and we'll ask people to confirm their attendance. Preferably we would make it a potluck. You won't have to play an instrument to can sit in the audience and enjoy the music. 


How do I find out more information about your jams?

Expect an announcement at this site in about a month in advance. We'll probably work on a email distribution list for those that are interested. 


How can I find out about upcoming events- I don't see anything posted?

  REGISTER!!   Registering for the site elevates you to Friend/Family status and exposes the list of upcoming events and performers.


Can I stop or change the background music?

 Yes.  Every page has a control to play, pause or change the volume of the background music.  These are the 4 small blue controls towards the top left of each page, just under the page banner.   The triangle button is PLAY,  the double VerticalBar  button is PAUSE.  Note:  There are some situations with Microsoft Internet Explorer (likely based on your specific IE settings) where the control remains hidden.  Please use your computers mute button or try a different browser (chrome, firefox etc) if this is the case. Note that the background music will change periodically. 


What is your privacy policy?

You are asked for a valid email address and name when you register.  Your email address is never shared or sold.  Please see the full privacy policy here->PrivacyPolicy


Technical Rider:

Scheduling an event?  Here's our house equipment list: technical Rider

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The 3500 square foot barn was originally constructed in 1914. It was a dairy barn, equiped to milk cows on the first floor and store hay on the second floor. Lois was able to aquire the house and barn (and other multiple small farm buildings), on 5 acres, in 1983. The House and the barn were in ill-repair. The barn, long abandoned, had substantial damage to the roof on the north end. Water damage was beginning to take its toll. It also housed many creatures, including an abundant supply of raccoons, bats, rats, mice, and pigeons. The first floor, along with the waste troughs running the length of the barn, had a foot and 1/2 of dried manure. (which Lois' brother Mike later shoveled out!!) The wood flooring on the second floor was old and rickety, with substantial rot on the north end due to water damage. The floor was covered in pigeon feathers, (and their processed food) looked like 10,000 pigeons exploded!!. The other buildings on the property, including the pump house, chicken coop, and the "I can't believe it's still standing" hog barn were in bad shape as well. Lois, however, with her rose colored glasses, could see what could be..........she knew that one day, this old cow barn will be back in it's own glory. 

One late evening in the 1980s, as Lois was cleaning the kitchen, there was a knock on the door. Back then, Gougar Road was a gravel road...seldom traveled....not the "expressway" we have any visitor, especially late at night, would be unusual. Lois cracked the kitchen window and asked the skinny bearded man what he wanted. He could see Lois was alarmed (and possibly armed), so he backed away and said, I've admired your barn for years; I see that it's in need of repair....if you don't do something soon, you could lose it! He also stated that he restores these old barns for a living...he'd just hate to see this one go. Lois mentioned that she has plans to restore the barn, but she didn't have the money at the time. He left his card, sliding it through the crack in the window. Lois took the card and stared at it for a moment, and with a smile, stored it in her kitchen cabinet to the right of the stove. 

More to come!


 Gary - The Barn Guy

 Fast-forward to 2001. Lois and I have been married a year. We have completed the addition on our house and the entire family, Lois, Mike, Shannon, Jason, and Laura are all under one roof. The Barn....unfortunately, has suffered many more years of wear and tear due to the elements. We are at a crossroad so to speak....either we do something or we lose the barn! The north 1/3 of the roof was caving in, the barn had shifted and out of square...........a good storm could have brought the structure down.  

Well....thank goodness Lois never throws away anything! (and I mean anything). She reached up into her kitchen cabinet, to the right of the stove, and she magically pulled Gary Coburn's card out as if she put it in there yesterday!!! And this is with many more years of "absolutely necessary essential documents" shoved into that cabinet!!! Houdini would have applauded!

How many business cards are still accurate after 20+ years? We dialed the fading phone number kind of in jest, realizing that chances are slim to none that it would ring. Well, what do you know....a voice answers....a slightly southern twangy voice. To our surprise and amazement, it was Gary! Next thing you know we arranged to meet with him when he passed through our area.

We've never really met Gary so we didn't know what to expect. He was unassuming when he pulled up, thin, jeans, t-shirt and hat similar to what he is wearing in the picture above. Very friendly and a warm southern smile. His face is a little weathered..... With a few adjustments he could be the next Marlberle Man!

He got right to work and hustled into the barn....... He took to that barn like a big bass being released back into a lake! He scaled it from top to bottom inside and out.... And then proceeded to walk us through, giving us the essentials that needed to be done in order to save the barn:

- the barn had to be jacked up, squared and put back on the foundation level and square; I'm thinking $

- the wood shingles and roof sheeting needed to be removed; I'm thinking $$

- about 30 percent of the roof rafters had to be replaced; I'm thinking $$$

- the ridge of the roof had to be leveled: $$$$

- about 20 percent of the siding would have to be replaced; then obviously the roof would have to be sheeted in 1x6 lumber then roofed with metal roofing! I'm thinking #%€¥!!?%#!!!

Keep in mind that I majored in Accounting and I am currently a banker. Things that I do have to make financial least break even..... Or there should be equal amount of enjoyment received for what you pay....others may call that a vacation... Or the purchase of a boat. But a 100 year old barn? What are we going to do with this thing?

But then I look at Lois..... This wonderful woman who, in the 80's when she purchased this place, envisioned restoring this barn to its former glory.... I think she was actually floating behind Gary as he walked and talked; which reminds me of one of her childhood dreams where she was a little girl running through the fields and would begin to fly as she bent her little legs behind her. 

So, even before Gary worked up a price I was having mixed emotions. My wife's life long dream....throwing a lot of money into a deep black hole.... What about my boat??? Surely we are not going to be able to afford this..... Even Lois will see that!

 Well, Gary threw us a price I can't even print. There is no way...... He would supply the labor - workers from PA and their room and board while in IL? He would supply all the material? For this amount?

This just went from a dream that isn't going to happen short of the Lotto to - is this guy for real? 

As I think about it now in my usual paranoid state, I can't help but think Lois and Gary conspired together. I can hear the secret discussion " throw such a low price he has no defense to stand on.... This will get the ball rolling.... Gary, I guarantee that you will be handsomely compensated as we commit to more work.... You and I both know this is a lifelong project" hmmmmmm....

Lois and I took a trip out to PA to see Gary's world. We did not know Gary... And wanted to get to know him and see his work.


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A Sampling from previous performances-



Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Friday, October 6th 2017 7:30pm

When the Sun Of Life Goes Down 



The Special Consensus

Friday, September 8th 2017 7:30pm

Sweet Temptation 


Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Sunday, 23 July 2017, 3:00PM

Get Up John  


The Gibson Brothers

Friday, June 9th, 2017,   7:30 PM

In The Ground 
Homemade Wine 
Safe Passage 


Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink

September 25th 2016 6pm

Wash in that Beautiful Pool 
Standing On A Mountain 


The Special Consensus

September 9th 2016 7pm

Nine Pound Hammer



Art Stevenson and High Water!

August 6th 2016 7pm

The Rocket 
Yall Come 

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper!

June 25th 2016 7pm


Just Call Me Crazy 

Fiddlin Joe  


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The Gibson Brothers!

May 14th 2016 7pm

The Gibson Brothers (Access required)



Sunday, August 9th 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  


We first hear this group in Kalamazoo Michigan at the Coopers Glen Music festival. Another great, electrifying  Bluegrass group - Missy Armstrong's voice is second to none! and a full 6 member band is a real treat!





Check out their website at:


Monroe Crossing!

  Saturday, June 20th 2015 & 1 Aug 2014


An incredible Bluegrass band from Minnesota. This band played to a packed audience in our barn last year! Incredible entertainers; incredible voices; incredible musicians!



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 Greg Cahil and The Special Concensus

Friday, September 11th 2015

Special Consensus OWNs Illinois!  You can never get enough of this band - incredibly tight, great voices, lively, entertaining.  This will be fun!

Check out their website at 




Donna Ulisse!

20 Jun 2014

Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys traveled up from Nashville to impress a barnful of fans, and they thoroughly accomplished what they came to do.






 Saturday, October 10th 2015 at 3:00 p.m.     Freighthoppers!!



 We first heard this group in Kalamazoo Michigan at the Coopers Glen Music Festival. This is a lively, very fast string band; the songs are old-timey with incredible lyrics!

 Check out their website at




Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg

 Saturday, September 20th 2014


 Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg are trying to kickstart sales for a future CD release. Check out their humorous advertisement

 Cut 1 from the above concert: 

"Hate that Train" from the above concert: 



14 Aug 2014  










4 Nov 2013  Bluegrass Jam  

About 20 Bluegrass aficionados got together in the barn for a few hours of good music and food. 















10 Sep 2013   Premier  Act- All hats, No Cattle

All Hats, No Cattle opened for the first show of the newly restored Brashler Barn before a crowd of over 100 Friends and Family.   The event was the culmination of a day of Antique truck and cars begin displayed and gawked at,since Mike and Lois also sponsored  a truck show for the Windy City chapter of the American Historical Society.   Everyone enjoyed the great weather better food and even better music.




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