Charlotte’s Web presents Mr. Taps & Jeff Lang

After Halloween, the kids can still get a “treat” this Saturday morning, and later that evening the adults can enjoy one, as Charlotte’s Web presents two talented performers.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, bring the kids to the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St., to see Mr. Taps. Kids and parents alike will laugh, clap along and thoroughly enjoy Mr. Taps as he performs “The History of Tap Dancing”—bringing the unique American art form of tap dancing to life. Mr. Taps

showcases the creative styles of such dancers as Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Bill “Bojangles”, Gregory Hines and the hip-hop moves of Hammer. He has been featured at The Apollo Theater, NYC, the Chicago Bulls pre-game shows, the Cotton Club Review on ABC-TV and in the movie The Fugitive. This performance is free and is co-sponsored by the Rockford Public Library Youth Services.

At 8 p.m., come to the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., and hear Jeff Lang. Upon hearing his music at a Blues and Roots Music Festival two years ago, Bela Fleck declared, “That is some of the most unbelievable stuff I’ve ever heard!” The late Albert Collins called Lang’s guitar playing, “Thunder and lightning in his hands.” Rolling Stone magazine gave his latest CD, Everything Is Still, a 4-star review, calling him “… Australia’s best roots-music artisan.”

Playing hollow-necked lap guitar, National-style steel or acoustic guitar, Lang is also highly regarded as a songwriter. From that same Stone review, “… it’s a no-brainer to figure out why he’s such a world-ranked singer/songwriter.” Lang has toured with Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III, Albert Collins, Richard Thompson and Dar Williams. He’s also performed at the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Dublin (Ireland) Blues Festival, as well as all over his native Australia. A new star is rising!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; 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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