Jefferson County Bluegrass Band at Paragon Jan. 20

The Third Annual Sons of Norway Nordic Nights features the Jefferson County Bluegrass Band from Wisconsin from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at Paragon On State, 205 W. State St.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, with $5 of each ticket going to Rockford Rescue Mission. Admission tickets include hors d’oeuvres and admission to the cash bar.

On a cold, wintry Illinois night, why not warm up with a fantastic dose of bluegrass music? The Jefferson County Bluegrass Band brings together some of the most accomplished area veterans of bluegrass music. Firmly footed in the basic structures, techniques and traditions of bluegrass music, they bring to it their own unique sound. The members include Brian Cate, bass; Chris Faulkner, banjo; Doug Hodge, guitar; and Dale Ward, mandolin and dobro.

All members of the band are accomplished singers with solid musicianship and tight harmonies that have been the source of the band’s success. The Jefferson County Bluegrass Band performs at fairs, festivals, club venues, special events and celebrations throughout the Midwest. Their breathtaking rendition of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” sung by Ward, has been known to bring an audience to its feet. They respect the history of bluegrass music and are trying to promote a solid place for it in the future.

Advance tickets are available by calling Vicki at 623-9200 or e-mailing her at; or Sheryl at 636-8567 or

Sons of Norway Valhall Lodge has been active in Rockford since 1915. Today, Valhall Lodge is positioned as a regional lodge, with active members coming from Poplar Grove, Freeport, Caledonia, Belvidere, Oregon, Davis Junction, DeKalb, South Beloit, and Rochelle in Illinois and Beloit, Wis.

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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