Charlotte's Web hosts Nob Hill Boys April 29

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The Nob Hill Boys are an established bluegrass unit whose commitment to tradition is clear in every aspect of their performances. Catch them at this Friday’s Charlotte’s Web show, 8 p.m., April 29, at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.

This award-winning Wisconsin-based band has produced three CDs and entertained audiences all across the Midwest for the past six years in venues of all sizes from coffeehouses to festivals to a performance on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The group’s four fine singers take a traditional approach with a nod to the standard repertoire of the past, but also bringing obscure gems and fine original material to light.

The Boys now have two former members of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys: bassist and vocalist Mark Hembree and lead singer and guitarist Lonnie Meeker. On banjo and vocals, Jon Pelk has more than 20 years experience playing bluegrass and gospel music. Fiddler Paul Klenitz, steeped in the finest traditions of bluegrass, brings passion for the music and a broad repertoire of tunes. John Fabke, on mandolin and tenor vocals, also contributes some fine original material as well as the harmony singing so essential to the “high, lonesome sound” for which top-notch bluegrass is known. With a strong commitment to tradition (but a sharp focus on the here and now), the Boys evoke in audiences a rare sense of continuity in American folk culture.

The Nob Hill Boys received a MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) award for Best Bluegrass Band 2004 and recording; Live at Mother Fool’s, a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) for Best Bluegrass Band 2003, and continue to wow audiences wherever they perform. Bill Malone, author of History of Country Music, said, “The Nob Hill Boys… make music that can easily compete with the performances of musicians anywhere in America.”

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the April 27- May 3, 2005, issue

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