Charlotte’s Web presents triple-header

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Barrelhouse Chuck & Eric Noden, Fruit and Carrie Newcomer & John McCutcheon all take the stage

Charlotte’s Web starts off November with a triple-header of entertainment, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Barrelhouse Chuck & Eric Noden

At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, catch Barrelhouse Chuck and Eric Noden at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. Following a day of blues with four area schools through the award-winning “Blues in the Schools” program, Chuck Goering and Eric Noden present an evening concert co-sponsored by the Crossroads Blues Society. “With obvious pride, Goering carries the torch for Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Leroy Carr and other revered figures of blues piano.”—Downbeat. Noden has “… a refreshingly unforced vocal style and a remarkable ability to pen genre-perfect additions to the canon.”—Blues Revue. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


Also at Mendelssohn PAC, Fruit will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. Their music stretches across genres from bluesy belts to scorching torch, from plaintive ballad to anthemic rock. Powered by the distinctive vocal harmonies of the three frontline women—Mel Watson, Sam Lohs and Susie Keynes, Fruit’s music has been described as “sensitive, embracing and disarming.” They deliver their music in a dynamic, involving and heart-stopping way. Two members play guitars, while the third wields an arsenal of horns, combined with their vocals. The Anchorage Daily News called them “… absolute all-round entertainment.” In 2006, they released their most anticipated album to date, Burn, a collaboration with Philly-based producer/engineer David Ivory. You will be blown away with their remarkable talents. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Carrie Newcomer & John McCutcheon

Again at Mendelssohn, 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, catch Carrie Newcomer and John McCutcheon. Newcomer has been telling stories and blending diverse musical styles for nearly two decades, influenced by “singing poets” as well as the R&B and rock ‘n’ roll she grew up with. This Indiana native sings of the small joys and pains in life, emphasizing the little moments that are often taken for granted. She has also facilitated writing and spirituality workshops at colleges, universities, retreat houses and festivals throughout the country. “My work is spiritual but not necessarily religious… I try to write about spirituality in a really inclusive way… about that thing that happens to human beings when they realize there is something greater than themselves,” she says.

Joining Carrie is John McCutcheon, who has been described as “the most influential dulcimer player in America.” Raised in Wisconsin, he hitchhiked the Appalachians with a backpack, a banjo, and his youthful curiosity. In the process, he discovered a new home, both musically and geographically. He studied with some of the great traditional masters, learning the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp, mountain dulcimer and jaw harp. The praise for his song writing—rich in detail and still broad in scope—has put him in the forefront of contemporary singer-song writing. But his determined inclusion of traditional material in his performances is what truly sets him apart. Critics reserve their most lavish praise for his mastery of the hammer dulcimer, an instrument on which he is widely recognized as a world master. Equally at home in the recording studio, McCutcheon has recorded 28 albums, all meeting with both critical and popular acclaim. “His concerts are little feats of magic… storytelling with the richness of literature.”—The Washington Post. This performance is co-sponsored by the Rock River Friends of Folk Music.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 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 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1314 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 Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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