Charlotte's Web offers two shows: Tanglefoot and Laurence Juber

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If March comes roaring in like a lion, it’s right in step with two rockin’ Charlotte’s Web shows. Both are at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.


Tanglefoot performs at 8 p.m., Friday, March 4. Stan Rogers meets Van Halen? Combining Celtic tradition, innovation, humor, pathos, fury and passion, this Canadian group’s performance was hailed as “The best new act I saw last year” by Rich Warren of WFMT’s Midnight Special. The 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. See why they have a reputation as one of Canada’s premier acoustic/roots bands. Hear their larger-than-life vocal harmonies. They can turn on a dime: full-throttle-guns-blazing one moment, a rare and sensitive poignancy the next. They display not only dexterity and commitment, but also great fun.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Laurence Juber

Another returning favorite, Laurence Juber, performs at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 5. Juber is a native of East London, England, and grew up in North London. Inspired by the British pop scene of the early ’60s, Juber first played a guitar at age 11, was playing professionally by the time he was 13, and quickly became an accomplished and versatile musician.

In 1978, Paul McCartney asked Juber to become the lead guitarist for his band Wings. Juber recorded and toured with the band for three years, and was featured on the hit singles “Goodnight Tonight” and “Coming Up.” He won the first “Best Rock Instrumental” Grammy Award for the track “Rockestra” from the album Back to the Egg and participated in the all-star lineup for the UNICEF “Concerts for the People of Kampuchea.”

After Wings folded in 1981, Juber moved to the U.S., where he met his wife Hope, and they settled in the Los Angeles area. He played on several hit TV shows and began working with Hope as musical director, lead guitar and co-producer for her popular comedy rock ‘n’ roll group The Housewives. His studio career was flourishing as he worked on many more albums, movies and TV shows. Juber released his first solo album, Solo Flight, in 1990, which first showcased his fingerstyle guitar work. His next CD, Naked Guitar, solidified his reputation among guitar fans, and he began touring internationally.

Laurence Juber was voted No. 1 Guitarist by the readers of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and was honored by the venerable Martin guitar company with his own “L J” signature model.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $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.

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