British rock bands invaded the United States in the 1960’s, but long before that, in 1898, a group of Beardstown ladies sponsored a performance by some English rockers, at the Methodist Church.
The Rock Band Concert, by the Till Family of London, England, will be given in the M. E. church Thursday night, May 12, under the auspices of the young ladies of the church. The Till family have a renowned reputation, owing to the fact that they are the only musical organization who play upon rocks. The novel instrument upon which they produce the most charming music is composed of stones from 6 inches to 4 feet long, arranged on a frame 12 feet long. It has a scale of five octaves. This will be a rare treat and our music loving people should make it a point to attend.
The Tri-Weekly Beardstown Enterprise – May 10, 1898