Charlotte’s Web offers Kopecky Oct. 9

Get ready to swing this Saturday! Racine’s internationally acclaimed band of brothers, Kopecky, will bring their unique brand of dark and intensive progressive metal to Rockford at 8:30 p.m., Oct. 9, at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St.

Kopecky is an instrumental progressive rock band consisting of three brothers: Joe (6- and 7-string guitars), Paul (acoustic & electric drums and percussion) and William (fretted and fretless basses, keyboards and sitar). Since the band’s inception in 1997, their intense music is characterized by virtuoso musicianship, soaring melodies and dark-tinged experimentation.

Kopecky’s first three CDs have garnered international critical acclaim, having been glowingly reviewed by hundreds of magazines and Webzines around the globe. Their debut CD, Kopecky, was released in Europe in 1999 by Italy’s Mellow Records.

Serpentine Kaleidoscope, their follow-up disc, was released worldwide by the English label Cyclops Records in 2000, and in 2001, M.A.C.E.

Music (a label run by virtuoso guitarist Michael Angelo) released Orion, a live CD that was recorded in Baltimore, Md., at Orion Sound Studios as part of the Baltimore Progressive Rock Showcase Series.

Kopecky has performed at several major progressive rock festivals, and also as special support for other noted luminaries such as Planet X, Spock’s Beard, Flower Kings, Uriah Heep, and many more. They have performed regularly on the Rock Stage at Summerfest, one of the U.S.A.’s largest music-oriented festivals.

Kopecky’s new CD, Sunset Gun, was released worldwide by France’s Musea Records in November 2003. The CD amply displays their signature sound, but the material is more complex than their previous work.

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. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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