California Guitar Trio finishes Charlotte's Web Summer Series

If you are looking for a night of fantastic entertainment under the stars, come out this Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. for California Guitar Trio. They will take the stage at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell at 1401 N. Second St., with a rain site of Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main St. And get this, it’s free. Don’t miss the last performance in the summer series.

The California Guitar Trio plays anything from Bach to King Crimson to California surfer music. The guitar ensemble delivers humor and incredible instrumental talent every time, which accounts for their loyal following worldwide. Band member Bert Lams is trained in classical music. Hideyo Moriya is a surf music enthusiast, and Paul Richards has roots in rock and jazz, a blend that brings a unique sound and unexpected delights. Their performance is an event mixing drama, passion, humor and joy. Pack your picnic basket and be prepared to have your socks knocked off.

Earlier this month, The Blues Guitar Shootout, co-sponsored by the Crossroads Blues Society, took the stage. Four of Rockford’s top blues players were showcased; Steve Ditzell, Bob Levis, Pistol Pete and Dan Voll. Ember Swift, from Canada, hit the stage on July 16 with folk, punk, jazz, blues, pop and Middle Eastern tunes.

Charlotte’s Web wishes to thank the Rockford Park District, the Illinois Arts Council and WNIJ-FM. The Rockford Park District is happy to assist guests with special needs, and a listening system is also available. While you’re there, you may purchase raffle tickets for an elegant Victorian-style mirror donated by Bill and Nancy Hunt. Bill Hunt designed and created this timeless piece. Raffle tickets are also available at JR Kortman’s through July 23. Charlotte’s Web is to be commended for continuing their tradition of providing exceptional entertainment.

Anne E. O’Keefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.

From the July 20-26, 2005, issue

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