Charlotte’s Web offers busy weekend at Memorial Hall

Charlotte’s Web has two special performances for you this weekend, both at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Come and check them out!

Wishing Chair & Kara Barnard

Friday, April 30, at 8 p.m., see a multi-talented trio perform. Wishing Chair and Kara Barnard are an acoustic lover’s dream: a string-pounding, folk, soul, roots and bluegrass trio consisting of three of the hottest instrumentalists and songwriters in the country. Wishing Chair’s Kiya Heartwood and Miriam Davidson, along with Kara Barnard have combined their many years of perfoming into a three-woman tour-de-force, bringing you guitars, accordion, banjos, dulcimer, and mandolin in power trio form.

Wishing Chair and Kara Barnard first met and jammed together at the National Women’s Music Festival 2000. The audience response was so great that the two acts joined forces for special performances, tours and recording. Kara was a featured player and co-producer on Wishing Chair’s latest CD. A joint CD will be released later this spring. The performance is co-sponsored by Diversity of Rockford.

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

Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group

Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m., see Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group. Robin and Linda Williams have thrilled folk, bluegrass and country audiences throughout America for more than 25 years. From their many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and The American Radio Company to Austin City Limits and The Grand Ole Opry, their music reaches deep into American traditions and, as the Richmond Times Dispatch said, “encompasses all that’s best in country music.”

The Williamses are joined in concert by Jim Watson, a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers, on bass and his distinctive harmony vocals, and bluegrass veteran Jimmy Gaudreau on mandolin.

Their February 2002 release, Visions of Love, produced by their friend and collaborator, Garrison Keillor, treats us to some classic country favorites with Robin & Linda’s rapturous vocals, beautifully entwined and compelling harmonies, and soul-enhancing accompaniment. Songs by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Jimmie Rodgers and others, including their own compositions, are featured.

Reviewer Tom Patton said that Robin and Linda Williams “are so seamlessly connected to the Southern Appalachian tradition that it’s as if the Carter Family had been reincarnated in the ’90s.”

Come and hear them in person this Saturday. The performance is co-sponsored by WNIJ-FM. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 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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