Harry Potter ‘wizard rock’ at Discovery Center

If you listen to the sounds coming from Riverfront Museum Park July 22, you’ll think you’ve been transported to J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter. That’s because from 4 to 5 p.m., Harry Potter fans can enjoy the music of the Whomping Willows.

The Whomping Willows is one of approximately 200 bands worldwide made of young musicians who play songs relating to the Harry Potter book series and consider themselves to be part of the “wizard rock” music genre. This distinct musical movement started in 2002.

According to Wikipedia, the lyrics are usually humorous and simple, and many of the songs are written from the point of view of characters in the books. Wizard rock bands promote literacy and choose to perform primarily in libraries, bookstores and schools.

Admission to the concert is $4 for general public and $2 for members of Discovery Center. Admission to Discovery Center is extra: $5 adults; $4 children ages 2-17; free to members and children younger than 2. To learn more about the Whomping Willows, visit www.myspace.com/thewhompingwillows.

For more information, call Discovery Center at (815) 963-6769 or visit the Museum’s Web site at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

Discovery Center Museum is at 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission to the Museum is $5 adults, $4 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children younger than 2 and museum members. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is open extended hours Thursdays until 7 p.m.

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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