Joe Jencks to perform at Mendelssohn

Joe Jencks to perform at Mendelssohn


Rockford native Joe Jencks will do a show at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., sponsored by Charlotte’s Web. Jencks credits his lifelong passion for music to his grade school teacher, none other than Dorothy Paige-Turner!

Jencks has studied music at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has performed classical music, jazz and opera. He has also acted in musical and dramatic theater. After landing in Seattle in 1994, he became entwined in the Traditional Irish music community. This musical infusion became a thread by which the quilt of Jencks’ diverse musical background was sewn together. It also signified a return to his earliest musical roots.

Jencks has developed a style that is both fierce and tender. His voice is sweet, strong and unforgettable. Whether singing a social justice song, an Irish ballad, or a gentle lullaby, his performances and guitar playing are absolutely captivating, unique and compelling. He has an inspiring ability to connect genuinely and intimately with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Jencks’ commitment to human rights, social justice, workers’ rights and community building has earned him frequent and deserved comparisons with folk artists and songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman and James Keelaghan. He has shared the stage with folk artists such as Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, John McCutcheon, Charlie King and Bill Staines. “Picking up a wide tradition of folk music styles and themes, Jencks carries them forward for a new generation of musicians and listeners alike.”—The East Oregonian, Pendleton, Ore., November 2000.

Jencks’ newest CD, What Kind of Brother, is receiving national acclaim for its powerful songwriting and passionate singing. “Song after song shines with moving lyrical images, Jencks’ sparkling vocal performances, and excellent instrumental arrangements.”—Victory Music Review, Seattle, Wash., January 2001.

Let’s welcome Joe back to town! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, and $8 in advance or $10 at the door for students and seniors. 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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