Charlotte's Web offers four weekend performances

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Charlotte’s Web has a full schedule of talented acts this weekend–from Wednesday through Sunday, there’s something of interest for everyone.

Michael ‘Hawkeye’ Herman with Fruteland Jackson

A worldwide touring musician, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman and company will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Mendelssohn Performing Center, 15 N. Church St. Herman “… plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation… Herman can rock with the best of them.”–Living Blues magazine. Together with Fruteland Jackson, this show is a solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues. It is co-sponsored by Crossroads Blues Society. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


Back by popular demand, Tanglefoot comes to Mendelssohn PAC at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. The members of this band are Steve Ricchie, Al Parrish, Terry Young, Bryan Weirmier, and Terry Snider. Combining Celtic tradition, innovation, humor, pathos, fury and passion, this Canadian five-piece group (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, banjo, tin whistle, upright bass and piano) performs high-octane acoustic music played with a tremendous amount of fun. Their harmonies blend seamlessly, and their original material is true to their Canadian acoustic roots tradition. The performance is co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur performs at Mendelssohn PAC at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Although he is known as a musician’s musician, it is clearly his voice that most identifies Muldaur. About his albums, The New York Times noted: “… succeeds not because he copies the timbre and inflections of a down-home African-American but because his voice–reedy, quavering, otherworldly–is so unusual that [the music] he sings becomes little more than a context, a jumping-off point.” Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.


Come to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, for a truly international performance. From Damascus, Syria, Dialogue (“Hewar” in Arabic) seeks to build understanding and trust between people in America and the Middle East through their music. The band is composed of a clarinetist (Kinan Azmeh), a oud soloist (Issam Rafea) and a lyrical soprano (Dima Orsho), accompanied by a percussionist, all of whom are alumnae of the Syrian National Orchestra. But they don’t all live in Syria, which enhances the band’s cultural medley of influences and tastes. Their unique style combines the music of their homeland with contemporary jazz for a sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before! “Magnificent performance,” raved Monica Smith of the Daily Star. “Breathtaking, blending incredibly,” agreed Sonya Knox, of the same newspaper. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 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. More info: 964-2238.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005, issue

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