John Moulder Trio performs at Sinnissippi

John Moulder Trio performs at Sinnissippi

By Charles Worboys

By Charles Worboys

Entertainment Writer

On this steamy Saturday night, an appreciative Sinnissippi Bandshell audience helped Charlotte’s Web welcome Chicago’s John Moulder Trio to Rockford.

The enthusiastic audience would have been surprised to know this was the first time these three musicians had played together. John Moulder fronted on guitar, with Eric Hochberg on acoustic bass, and Dane Richeson on percussion.

Moulder’s electric guitar burned through a set of Chicago blues, then he showed his sensitive side with a number of original ballads.

Whether steaming through blues licks, or dramatically phrasing his more lyrical tunes, Moulder showed enviable talent. He has two CDs under his belt. Awakening was his first and then Through The Open Door.

Both Hochberg and Richeson had a chance to display their solo chops during the evening. Each proved to be a virtuoso performer in his own right. Percussionist Richeson played at least six different percussion instruments during his solo, one of which, a bend of metal strip, was unique to this reporter.

All three musicians are veteran Chicago jazzmen. Moulder has long been a staple of the Paul Vertigo group featuring Kurt Elling. He is on the faculty of Lawrence University; his website can be found at

Hochberg and Richeson played the Beijing Music Festival with Chicago singer Jackie Allen, and subsequently toured both China and Europe.

Charlotte’s Web continues to bring great talent to Rockford this summer. John Moulder followed closely on the footsteps of the irrepressibly gifted James Lee Stanley. The party just keeps going when Keith Eric and Waterhouse bring their reggae sound to Sinnissippi Bandshell on August 11 at 7:30.

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