Blues Guitar Shootout set for July 9 at Sinnissippi

Charlotte’s Web opens its Sinnissippi Summer Series 2005 with The Blues Guitar Shootout at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9, in the Sinissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St.

Co-sponsored by the Crossroads Blues Society (this was their idea!), the Web is proud to present the first Blues Guitar Shootout! This act showcases four of Rockford’s top blues players, Steve Ditzell, Bob Levis, Pistol Pete and Dan Voll—backed by Link Leary, drums, and Rich Gordon, bass. Steve Ditzell ( has toured and recorded with the likes of Fenton Robinson, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. Bob Levis (, a blues guitarist from Chicago now living in Rockford, has toured and recorded with Chris Rush (1975-1980, 2000) and Lonnie Brooks, most notably on Lonnie’s two Grammy-nominated albums in the late ’70s.

RAMI Hall of Famer Pistol Pete (, another Chicago transplant, tours internationally and has opened for Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Kansas, Foghat and more, and was the first place winner of the Midwest Division of the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition and a finalist in the Albert King International Blues Competition. Dan Voll (, one of the most musically versatile guitarists in the area, is a multiple RAMI winner in such varied categories as Acoustic Rock, Song of the Year and Contemporary Jazz. He is also a finger-lickin’ hot blues guitarist. This show is partially funded by American TV.

All the Summer Series shows are free. Charlotte’s Web thanks the Rockford Park District, the Illinois Arts Council and WNIJ-FM for making the Summer Series at Sinnissippi possible. Rain sites are all at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. For rain site info, call 987-8800 after 2:30 p.m. on the date of the concert.

The Rockford Park District welcomes the opportunity to assist guests with special needs. The Music Shell is wheelchair accessible. An assistive listening system is available for those who are hard of hearing. If you need special assistance, please call 987-1600 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours in advance.

From the July 6-12, 2005, issue

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