Former Lewistown resident Lloyd Allayre Loar was a master musician and sound engineer for Gibson Guitar Corporation during the early part of the 20th century. Loar was the mastermind who perfected the sound of the F5 model mandolin which is highly sought after by bluegrass musicians.
Dickson Mounds Museum is home of the Hickory Ridge Coffeehouse, hosted by popular singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo. The event features performances by noted folk musicians the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 pm. The evening includes an open mic session before each main act and delicious deserts and coffee between sets.
Bluegrass, country, and folk music are also played at impromptu gatherings held at the Valley View Campground east of Lewistown during the warmer months and other small venues around the county. The Red Roof Country Music Barn located one-quarter mile south of Lewistown features Country Opry Shows by a group of area musicians. Call 309-338-2808 for more information.