The Carroll County 708 Mental Health Board is hosting a concert to raise funds to continue providing services to residents.

The third annual fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Rd., Mount Carroll.

Midwest Idol, will be hosted by Brooke Byam and will feature professional bands, dancers, impersonators and comedians who will compete for cash prizes. The audience will determine the winners who will be announced at the Sunday performance.

Performers for the show include Byam, the peOple, JaCi Leigh, Chad Elliott, Travis Hosette (Singing Sinatra), Andrew Jacob Holm, 3 On The Tree, the Longhorn Bandits, and Gateway Contemporary Ballet.

Advance tickets are $20 and tickets purchased at the door are $25. Tickets are free for those 12 and under and tickets for both shows are offered at a discount of $30. Group rates are available; groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Reservations can be made now by calling Timber Lake Playhouse box office at 815-244-2035 or online at

For more information, call Mary Ann Hutchison at 815-244-1405 or Pam Sorg at 815-244-9246.

Proceeds benefit these Carroll County mental health agencies: CASA, Carroll County Substance Education Coalition, Lutheran Social Services, Riverview Center, Rolling Hills Progress Center, Sinnissippi Centers and Tyler's Justice Center.



Brooke is a Clinton County native that spent a decade as a comedian/singer/songwriter/actress in Nashville, TN. A few notable achievements include a #1 song ("Thank You For Leavin'") on the Independent Music Charts as well as being nominated for Song of The Year in 2015.

She's performed for a Vice-President of The United States, American Idol and cast in Twentieth Century Fox movie "White Boys" and Michael Clark Duncan's last completed film "Redemption Road". Brooke is a powerhouse balladeer who is totally capable of "enjoying a good laugh with the audience".

She produced and hosted three seasons of the comical, family-friendly, musical-variety show called "The Brooke Byam Show" and performs in the cinematic, Alternative Western band called 'the peOple'. In 2018, she performed at Timber Lake Playhouse in REBA ... And Friends, portraying Reba McEntire and her Nashville friends and recently, she portrayed Dolly Parton in DOLLY and Friends at TLP, both shows to packed audiences!


Chad performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as "Iowa's Renaissance Man" by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman's Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).

Elliott's early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.

On his 20th album, Wreck and Ruin, Elliott dove into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott's greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott's songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana.

_On his 21st album, RINGGOLD, Elliott recorded songs at his home studio in Iowa. The studio, built in his grandparents' former home, helped him connect with his roots and explore songs about those closest to him. It was released in 2017. Elliott released his 22nd album, Rest Heavy, in 2018. Rest Heavy was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions.


Travis Hosette, from Clinton, Iowa, has been singing professionally almost 20 years entertaining local audiences, performing at casinos, parties, and family reunions. Hosette says his love of Sinatra songs actually started with him singing along to the soundtrack from "The Mask," by Harry Connick Jr.

He is quick to say he is not a Sinatra imitator. "I like to think of myself as paying homage to a great performer and keeping his music alive, but I try to be myself and sing his songs." He says people thank him for sparking memories. He spends hours listening to Sinatra albums and studying videos concentrating on Sinatra's phrasing, timing and stage presence.

The songs - including "My Way," "That's Life," "When Somebody Loves You," New York, New York" and "All of Me," just to name a few - are important to Hosette, and he enjoys singing them the way people remember Sinatra singing them.


JaCi is a former Miss Clinton County and past member of the Low Tides and Highways Buffett Tribute Show. As a teen, JaCi was a finalist in the Quad Cities Pop Star Search. She was also the featured female artist for 2 seasons on "The Brooke Byam Show" where she shared her acting, singing and dancing talents with large, diverse audiences.


Led by Pat Jones, 3 on the Tree is a trio of guys from Fulton that love playing real rock and roll music loud and fast sometimes, but slow and soft other times. They also perform Rockabilly and Country Rock music. They like to get crowds fired up with on-stage performances that will keep your phones flashing and your shoes tapping. And remember, dancing is highly recommended.



Formed on June 9, 2019, Eli Traum & The Longhorn Bandits made their debut at Charlie’s II in Mount Carroll. Band leader Eli Traum, vocalist and rhythm guitar player, has been a musician on the local scene for over four years. Doug Jordan, bass player from Kent, is 17 and goes back to true country tradition as one of the few rare young talents in the area to play the upright bass. Trace Williamson, drummer from the Stockton area, is 15. The band plays good ‘ol country music from the days of Hank Williams Sr. to Midland. They also dabble in old time rock n' roll, belting out tunes from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.