Charlotte’s Web offers two talented acts

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Tanglefoot and Rob Ritchie perform March 2, Ann Rabson & Rev. Raven with Madison Slim take the stage March 6

Charlotte’s Web rings in March with two talented acts Friday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 6.

Tanglefoot & Ritchie

Tanglefoot roars in with special guest Rob Ritchie at 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. Intelligent, well-written folk-influenced songs played with hell-bent, rampaging abandon… that may be why Tanglefoot was once described as “Stan Rogers meets Van Halen.” Tanglefoot is a thunderous live band with a reputation for spectacular vocal harmonies. It is also a band of adept songwriters who specialize in portraying the Canadian experience. “One of Canada’s most accomplished musical mythologizers,” wrote Robert Reid of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Tanglefoot’s co-founder Rob Ritchie will warm up the stage with his upbeat, yet introspective keyboard stylings and rich vocals. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Ann Rabson & Rev. Raven with Madison Slim

Ann Rabson and Rev. Raven will appear at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, at the JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St. Seamlessly blending voice and guitar or piano, Ann Rabson delivers the blues in a pure form that delights audiences everywhere. Her smoky, gritty delivery draws from a wide vocabulary of bluesy bends, squeals and sensual whispers to match the story she is telling. Opening for Ann is Reverend Raven. From the south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since ’71 and won the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) Award for Best Blues Band in ’99, 2000 and 2004. Joining the Reverend is Madison Slim, long-time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Students get in free. This show is co-sponsored by Crossroads Blues Society and Charlotte’s Web. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main St., 962-5458; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Feb. 28-March 6, 2007, issue

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